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Cynthia Rowley's brilliant dinner hack will make cooking so much easier

Adriana Velez is Food Editor for SheKnows. She spent her formative years in Brooklyn, which pretty much explains everything about her. She now lives somewhere else and has discovered life after kale and kombucha. She's written for Civil ...

Call us crazy, but we are definitely trying this fashion-inspired dinner hack

We love a lot of things about Cynthia Rowley's profile in Well + Good — specifically her refrigerator game. Rowley's fridge is stocked with a bowl full of healthy grab-and-go snacks for her family, and she takes the trouble to freeze fruit juice into ice cubes. But it's her meal-planning hack that's blowing our minds.

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I work until 7:30 or 8 p.m., so if I don’t know what I’m going to make ahead of time, it’s probably takeout for us. It’s like laying out your outfit the night before. So this morning I mapped out dinner and am going to make a watermelon salad with feta, mint leaves and red onion, and black bean burgers on English muffins — although, I may have to actually make a real burger for the little one.

That's some next-level meal planning there. We all know planning meals ahead of time can make the difference between a sane, home-cooked meal and takeout. But actually mapping out the ingredients for dinner the same way you lay out your clothes the day before? Brilliant.

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It's kind of like a chef's mise en place — where you set up your workstation with all your ingredients ready to go — only for us regular, non-chef people.

What this means to me is that if I know what I'm cooking, I can group all the ingredients together in the fridge ahead of time. That way, when I get home from work, I can just pull everything out and get started — without going on a Pokémon GO-like scavenger hunt.

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Knowing how my mornings typically go, I don't see myself doing this in the a.m. rush. But it's definitely something I could do after dinner, the night before.

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