Before getting started!
Preparation time - the active time you devote to the recipe, be it prepping ingredients, rinsing rice, etc.
Total time - the time it takes from when you start preparing the recipe until it is ready to serve. This includes rising time for doughs, marinating time, cooling time etc.
Great ingredients to have on hand for quick recipes:
• Salmon, shrimp, tuna
• Chicken, bacon, eggs, minced meat
• Pasta, Rice, Couscous
• Frozen corn and peas
• Pre-cooked beans and chickpeas