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    17 Things That'll Help You Cook Quick Meals For You And The Fam

    Air fryers, waffle makers, and more kitchen essentials to help you whip up mouth-watering meals.

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    1. A cast-iron skillet for yummy dishes like rosemary chicken, frittatas, and veggie fajitas. If you're whipping up dinner for a party of two, three, four, or more, this pan will heat up large quantities of food in little time.

    A black cast iron skillet filled with grilled chicken breasts and basil leaves

    Promising review: "I love this cast-iron skillet. It's perfect for the days that I don't feel like going outside to grill and it's big enough to cook enough food for my family. It's worked great and it does not stick." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    2. A double breakfast sandwich maker to create a heavenly combo of eggs, peppers, and ham on an English muffin whenever you're both craving brunch.

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    Promising review: "I am actually excited for my weekday breakfast now. These homemade McMuffins are so good! My favorite version uses sliced tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and precooked bacon. So many options, so easy! My kindergartner and my teenager both love it. It's also easy to clean with a quick wipe down." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    3. An emoji pancake griddle that'll be a smiley surprise for your little ones in the morning: You can cook seven flapjacks at the same time (woot!) and add a tiny bit of excitement to their breakfast routine.

    Emoji pancake griddle with smiley pancakes on a table

    It also comes with a tiny spatula, so you can easily flip these lil' guys on plates!

    Promising review: "Got this as a surprise for the family for making pancakes one morning, we’ve now made it a weekly tradition and it’s been wonderful! Heats up nicely and is lightweight and very easy to clean! The mini spatula it came with works wonders for flipping the pancakes!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.10.

    4. A Dash Rapid Egg Cooker, because it makes ~eggcellent~ hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, and omelets for everyone at home. Wakey wakey eggs and bakey, baby.

    Red Dash Rapid Egg Cooker heats up six hard-boiled eggs on a table

    This gadget cooks up to six (yes, six!) eggs at once. All you have to do is place the eggs inside, set a timer for the type of eggs you want to eat, and the buzzer will go off in a few minutes when they're done.

    Promising review: "How does a busy mom who loves to start the day with a hearty breakfast squeeze in a bit of yoga before the day begins? With this handy hard-boiled egg maker! I just plug this baby in, pour in the water and add my eggs and a few minutes later, voila! my eggs are made. I pop some bread in the toaster, and let the eggs cool while I do a 15-minute yoga routine before the family descends on the kitchen for breakfast. It is so convenient and makes me smile! It's a great way to start the day!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.08+ (available in five colors).

    To learn more, check out "This Egg Cooker Is Egg-cellent For Helping Push Me Through Stress-Induced Appetite Loss".

    5. A three-in-one veggie chopper, slicer, and spiralizer, so you can have your plant-based ingredients ready before cooking. Yes to perfectly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions!

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    Promising review: "Needed something to take the edge off Taco Tuesdays and all the veggie chopping. Ordered this for the wife and I to try out and have been blown away by its performance! We were able to cut down prep to five minutes versus 15 minutes, and use the extra time to enjoy a conversation with family during dinner. Do yourself a favor and pick up this lifesaver for at-home cooks." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $25.29.

    6. An 11-piece aluminum Cuisinart nonstick cookware set for every fam-friendly dish you could think of. These skillets, pans, and saucepans will make cooking spaghetti sauce, stir-fry, and salmon a breeze. No more cramming tonight's dinner in one pot.

    A black 11-piece set of non-stick cookware on a tabletop

    Promising review: "The color is a beautiful fire engine red, and the lids fit all but the smallest pan. I cooked pasta, shrimp, lump crab, and spinach and mushrooms. These pans came clean in an instant, and a damp paper towel was all that was needed to make them look clean (I still washed them after dinner)!" —Wayfair Customer

    Get it from Wayfair for $99.95 (available in red and black).

    7. A six-in-one air fryer that'll help you heat up a delicious batch of fries, donuts, or wings with minimal effort. Air fry, broil, bake, dehydrate, roast, and reheat food with this baby, which takes less time than your oven. It also takes up a lot less oil than a traditional fryer (buh-bye greasy food)!

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    One of our BuzzFeeders recently bought this device and loves how versatile it is for breakfast, lunch, *and* dinner.

    Promising review: "I got the 6-quart air fryer and love it. It's so roomy with plenty of space to make a meal for your family and also very easy to use. The manual that comes with it didn't have any recipes, so I did have to go online and find one but that really wasn't a problem. I made fried chicken thighs last night and it turned out beautifully. It was crisp on the outside and moist on the inside." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $119.99.

    8. A big waffle maker, because you can cook up to four waffles (or ChurWaffles = a combination of churro and waffles) at a time for weekend brunch. Cleanup is also easy too, thanks to its nonstick surface that won't leave a sticky residue.

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    Promising review: "We absolutely love this tool We are working on a Keto/low-carb diet and these help us make several slider size 'chaffles' at a time. It's a total game-changer. On a low-carb diet, it's a challenge to not just make a quick sandwich, making several batches of these ahead of time allows me and the family to grab a quick bite. Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    9. A meal delivery service such as HomeChef, so you can try different recipes for the fam *and* spare yourself a trip to the grocery store. Plus, you'll love having something new to eat for weeknight dinners.

    An unpacked HomeChef delivery box with fresh veggies

    Here's how it works: Choose new recipes each week tailored to your dietary preferences, use the optional "Customize It" feature to swap ingredients, upgrade, or double up on protein, get your recipe ingredients sent to your door, and you're ready to cook! There's even a "Ready in 15" selection, just in case you prefer super quick meals throughout the week.

    Promising review: "All the food has been amazing and easy to follow. Not only is the food delish, but it helps take the stress out of my family’s hectic schedule and broadens our palate to not eat the same meals over and over. Two thumbs up." —HomeChef Customer

    Get HomeChef meals starting at $6.99 per serving.

    10. A versatile Ninja pressure cooker that's like a *mini chef* for your family: Golden brown fries, tender beef strips, and casseroles are coming right up. Also did we mention this device doubles up as an air fryer and crisper and can hold up to 6.5 quarts of food?

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    Promising review: "Best kitchen appliance I have ever purchased. It is large enough to feed our family of six without having to make multiple batches of anything. Super easy to clean and very user friendly. So far, we’ve made mushroom risotto, veggie spring rolls, toasted garlic bread, all kinds of fries/potato wedges, roasted corn, rice, mashed potato, steamed curry veggies and so much more. I would definitely recommend this thing to anyone." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    11. A OXO salad spinner to prepare your fave greens before lunch or dinner. Just press the knob down and watch lettuce, spinach, or kale get dry. You won't have to pick through a package of wet veggies anymore.

    Finger presses down on white OXO Salad Spinner

    Promising review: "This salad spinner is the best! It gets lettuce very, very dry. I was surprised at the amount of water that it was able to drain off. Since using this my lettuce has lasted much longer in the fridge." —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    12. An electric Hamilton Beach indoor grill for at-home BBQs that'll lock in flavor and quickly cook juicy hot dogs, burgers, and kebabs at the same time.

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    Promising review: "This grill is perfect for making quick meals. Makes great grilled chicken, steaks, hamburgers, and vegetables. Great lil 'kitchen grill for those busy days when you want to make the family dinner quick and painless. Highly recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99.

    13. A pizza maker, so you can bake a pepperoni pie or quesadillas in a pinch. You'll be glad you didn't have to wait hours for your cheesy creation to come to life.

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    Promising review: "I bought it thinking it was a gimmicky pizza maker, but it does so much more period of course. I've made pizza with it twice now, one from scratch and one from frozen. Tonight we've baked cookies, a pumpkin pie, and I made an entire half turkey breast with stove top stuffing on the side." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.14.

    14. A roomy pot for veggie soups, ramen bowls, and more slow-cooked delights. This gadget, which is great for grilling and steaming, will be your go-to kitchen essential whenever you want to make comfort food for the fam.

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    Promising review: "This arrived today and I love it! I boiled potatoes for mashed potatoes, dumped the potatoes into a colander, and popped a steak into the cooker. It grilled up perfectly as did the asparagus I put on the side! I had a wonderful dinner in under 30 minutes." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.20.

    15. An electric griddle that'll help you prepare a bacon-friendly brunch or a Taco Tuesday dinner for your squad. A heating probe allows you to monitor cooking temperature, while a drip tray catches excess grease without making a mess.

    Blue Dash Everyday Electric Griddle cooking peppers, meat strips, and tortillas

    Get it from Target for $39.99 (originally $46.99, available in three colors).

    16. A Cuisinart four-slice toaster with plenty of room. Golden brown English muffins, raisin bread, and mini waffles are coming right up.

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    Promising review: "I enjoy making breakfast on the weekends for my family. There are several special options available outside of the temperature and time controls. One of the ones I’ve used the most is cancel. If I need the bread to toast a little longer I just drop them back in and hit 'cancel' if I think it might be done. No more forcing the bread to pop up by forcing the level back up. Making toast for a family of five has been cut in half and don’t plan on going back to a two-slot toasters even after the kids leave for college." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $59.15.

    17. Essie Spice's Coco-For-Garlic sauce, because your seafood, meat, and veggie meals need a major flavor upgrade. Just add this mouth-watering blend to whatever you're cooking and you won't have to worry about sifting through your pantry for more ingredients.

    Small jar filled with Essie Spice's Coco-For-Garlic sauce with fish and veggies
    Essie Spice

    Get it from Essie Spice for $9.99.

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