Clean Eating

Kitchen Shortcuts

For the cook on the clock, these clever kitchen shortcuts will save you precious time without compromisi­ng taste.

- BY ANIKA A. SYEDA, PHOTOGRAPH­Y BY NADIA ANOCHIE

1. A SMOOTHIE IN SECONDS

Make a nutrient-dense smoothie in a snap with Evive Nutrition. Just add the cubes to your liquid and blend or shake to incorporat­e. Our favorite flavor is Samurai, with berries, beets and more. $5 per wheel, evivenutri­tion.com

2. CURRY IN A HURRY

Whip up a warming butter chicken in no time with Good Food for Good’s aromatic Organic Butter Chicken Sauce. Every purchase from this BIPOC- and womenowned brand provides a meal to those in need. $8, goodfoodfo­rgood.ca

3. READY-MADE BROTH

Made with only the essentials, Zoup! Good, Really Good Chicken Bone Broth is the perfect flavor to enjoy as is or layer with ingredient­s of choice. $7, zoupbroth.com

4. INSTANT UMAMI

Treading the fine line between sweet and sour is the addicting flavor the Japanese call “umami.” Enrich meats, balance sauces, flavor soups and more with a squeeze of TASTE #5 Umami Paste. $9, amazon.com

5. BEAT-THE-CLOCK GUAC

Just add avocado and lime! A blend of cilantro, tomato, onion, jalapeño and spices, The Guacamole Dip Mix from A Spice Affair will fast-track you to the perfect guac. $11, aspiceaffa­ir.com

6. PICO IN A PINCH

Boston-based Grillo’s Pickles makes snacking a breeze with the flavor-packed Pickle de Gallo (we love the medium variety). $4.50, grillospic­kles.com

7. TIME-CRUNCH TAPENADE

A measured mix of olives, capers, garlic, peppers and spices, Divina’s Organic Olive Bruschetta is a polyphenol-packed bite. Spoon over bread rounds and top with feta or prosciutto for a restaurant­grade appetizer. $6, divinamark­et.com

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