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1.A microwave veggie steamer if you can't be bothered to wait for water to boil just for your single serving of veggies. This steamer has a 2-cup capacity, so it's great for anyone who's cooking (or steaming) for one.
2.A truly ~egg-cellent~ rapid egg cooker so you can enjoy an omelet (or a soft-, medium-, or hard-boiled egg as well as poached eggies — so many options!) in mere minutes. The best part = no supervision necessary, and you won't dirty a single pan.
3.A microwave pasta cooker to save the day when you want soft, cheesy, noodly carbs but don't want the hassle of boiling water, cleaning a giant pot, and struggling to strain your noods without spilling hot water everywhere.
4.A microwave rice cooker for steaming rice, polenta, and couscous in one step instead of 15. With this you just stick it in the microwave and walk away.
5.A microwave- and dishwasher-safe steaming tray that'll cook your fish and veggies at the same time and faster than it'll take the oven to heat up.
6.A heart-shaped mini waffle maker because you're craving breakfast for dinner...like now...like right this second. This lil' gadget weighs less than a pound, heats up in minutes, and also works with chaffles (low-carb cheese and egg waffles), paninis, hash browns, and even biscuit pizzas.
7.A Home Chef subscription if you want meals fast — and by fast we mean recipes (and all the ingredients shipped to your door) that you can make in 15 minutes. They also offer ready-made meals in case you just don't have the time, energy, or inclination to cook.
8.A cauliflower ricer so you can quickly transform that head of cauliflower to a bowl of riced cauli for your stir-fry. It works with broccoli and carrots too, and is faster to set up and clean than your bulky food processor.
9.A pack of reusable toaster bags to help you satisfy your 2 a.m. cravings for a grilled cheese without you ever having to grease up a pan for a single sandwich.
10.A variety pack of A Dozen Cousins ready-to-eat seasoned beans for those nights when you need a quick, easy meal. Just pop them in the microwave, and they're ready in 60 seconds. Or, use them to zhuzh up leftovers so you can finally clear some fridge space.
11.A 7-in-1 Instant Pot that'll tenderize meat, soften veggies, and hydrate rice and beans faster than if you made them on the stovetop.
12.A genius cookie-cutter puzzle because why would you spend precious time cutting out Christmas trees one at a time when you can do it 19 at a time? OK, OK, this won't help speed up dinner...but it will speed up dessert.
13.A garlic press if the hassle of chopping garlic has put you off this tangy bulb vegetable. There aren't many dishes that won't benefit from the addition of garlic and this press removes all the inconveniences of mincing it so you really have no excuse to *not* toss some garlic into the pan. Your tastebuds will thank you!
14.Or an adorable vampire-shaped garlic press so every time the recipe calls for garlic (and tbh, even when it doesn't because garlic is delicious), your friend the count has got you covered. This is the one vampire you'll be happy to invite into your home.
15.A tangy garlic sauce from EssieSpice to breathe new life into your leftovers. It's also a delicious addition to poultry, fish, soups, eggs, and even pizza, and it requires zero prep. Dinner = made. You = happy. Time = saved.
16.A Souper Cube, a silicone freezing tray for storing perfectly portioned meals. Prep a recipe ahead of time and freeze them in these trays so you can quickly grab them as needed and defrost them for an easy meal.
17.A veggie dicer that'll uniformly chop your veggies without the mess, stress, and time commitment.
18.A manual food chopper because it can slice and dice fruits, veggies, herbs, boneless meats, and ice with ease *and* without taking up a lot of space on your counters or hurting your ears with its shrieking mechanical whirring.
19.A pair of onion goggles if the waterworks start when you just imagine an onion. These'll prevent the dreaded onion tears so you can chop the whole thing instead of having to take a break every 15 seconds.
20.A 6-in-1 food prep kit so you can go from zucchini to zoodles faster than you can decide whether zucchini is a fruit or a vegetable. In addition to its spiralizer blades, it also comes with an immersion blender attachment, whisk attachment, and food chopper base.
21.An ~a-maize-ing~ microwave corn steamer and four corn holders to cook your cobs in just five minutes — which is all the time you need to grab the butter.
22.An air fryer for satisfying your love of crunchy, fried foods faster than it would take for you to order takeout and wait for it to be delivered (at which point it'll be sad and soggy). You can make all your restaurant faves — like chicken wings, crispy breaded eggplant, charred veggies, and even donuts — with this magical appliance. It's even great for reheating foods that usually get mushy in the microwave, like pizza!
23.A Potato Express, a microwaveable bag that'll perfectly cook your tater so you don't have to wait an hour for it to bake in the oven. It's also great for reheating old bread, tortillas, and corn on the cob.
24.A bamboo cutting board because you only have one cutting board to your name and having to wash it so you can cut veggies and then raw meat without cross-contamination is really slowing down dinner. It comes with dishwasher-safe color-coded mats so you only have to wash the ones you use.
25.A Thermomix TM6 if you're willing to throw down some serious dough for a machine that's designed to replace every other appliance in your kitchen so you save time and prevent the pileup of dirty dishes.
26.Five-blade herb scissors so you can literally go snip, snip, snip, and you're done. No more dirty cutting boards, messily chopped herbs, and hands that now reek of said herbs.
27.A panini press to achieve perfect grill marks and a delicious char on your sandwiches, burritos, and quesadillas. No more spending time heating up the ingredients individually in order to enjoy a hot sammy. Plus, the top plate locks so you can also use it to toast your pizza and even bruschetta.
The rest of your family after seeing the feast you whip up:
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