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Get dinner on the table in no time

Families on the go can find it hard to get a nutritious meal on the table fast. But with a few easy tricks, your family can be eating good, fresh meals in no time.


Looking for a few fast and easy dishes? Check out these.

Savory black beans and rice

Get dinner on the table in no time

Serves 4

Brown rice can take a long time to cook. Save yourself the trouble by purchasing precooked brown rice in the freezer section. It takes great and cooks in minutes. Pair this with a simple green salad.


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion (about 3 inches in diameter), chopped
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 can low-sodium black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice


  1. Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, onion and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, for 5-6 minutes, until onions are softened and just beginning to caramelize. Add lime juice and stir to combine, scraping the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and oregano. Stir to combine.
  2. Add the tomatoes (with juices) and the black beans. Let cook for an additional 5-6 minutes.
  3. Serve the black bean mixture over rice.

Next up: Terrific tortellini

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