11 convenience foods that will change your life*

*OK, maybe not change. But they'll certainly make it a LOT easier

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1. Frozen onions and garlic

 

"I absolutely love frozen onions and frozen garlic. They're seriously life-changing (I do a lot of slow cooking; it literally halves the prep time)."


2. Frozen rice


"I have never got the hang of cooking rice; it goes from under- to over-cooked in seconds! Frozen rice is amazing."


3. Squeezy pesto


"I love squeezy pesto. It lasts way longer then a jar."


4. Curry paste


"If you like curry, Patak's jars of curry pastes (not sauces) are awesome."


5. Ready-made puff pastry


"I like JusRol puff pastry for a fast salmon or chicken en croute."


6. Pre-cooked lentils


"Merchant Gourmet puy lentil sachets are great for salads or as a side."


7. Frozen mash

 

"I actually prefer frozen mash to my own."


8. Grated cheese


"Best thing ever. I hate grating."


9. Frozen soffritto


"Frozen soffrito mix: onion, celery and carrot. Perfect base for bolognese sauce and soups. Saves so much chopping."


10. Frozen pulses


"Iceland do a frozen quinoa-and-bean mix. It's lovely and I can't see anything unhealthy about it. You stir-fry it from frozen. Brilliant."


11. Pre-rolled (and cut) shortcrust pastry


"Ocado do a range imported from France. Their ready-made pastry is basically pastry as if you'd made it at home. It's even ready-rolled in a circle, so all you have to do is stick it into the quiche dish. This is what the French have cheated with for years."



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