Preparation time - the time you spend on the recipe, to prepare ingredients, rinse rice, etc.
Total time - the time it takes from when you start preparing the recipe until it is ready to serve. This includes fermentation time for doughs, marinating time, chilling time etc.
Useful Ingredient Staples for Quick Meals:
• Salmon, shrimp, tuna
• Chicken, bacon, eggs, ground beef
• Pasta, rice, couscous
• Frozen corn and peas
• Precooked beans and chickpeas