Hi all! I was watching an episode of the new Good Eats and the steak cooking process was so complex that I was like “screw it, glad I don’t eat steaks anymore...”

Which brought me to - what are you favorite shortcuts when cooking? Things that you don’t see in recipes but save you either time or dishes (or that rare delight - both!)?

Here are a few of mine. When I am making lentils and rice, usually I’ll put the dried lentils in the microwave with a few cups of water for about 5 mins. Cooks them enough that they can go in with the rice for the rest of it.

My favorite way to make frozen green beans is in the oven. Get the oven up to like 350/375 degrees and then just throw several handfulls of frozen long green beans on a cookie sheet with a little olive oil and salt/pepper. Let roast until they look done (usually like 15 mins).