15 Fast Recipes Using Grocery Shortcuts

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Sometimes the difference between getting a hot meal on the table and not getting a hot meal on the table is a clever shortcut. Rotisserie chicken picked up at the supermarket is classic, making it possible to have white rotisserie chicken chili ready in no time. Other shortcuts can be as simple as opening a can of beans for our 10-minute black bean tacos.

Here, a collection of recipes that stand as homage to all the good ways the grocery store helps us put dinner on the table.

The Shortcut: Rotisserie Chicken

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The Shortcut: A Can of Beans

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