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6 Kitchen Staples for Quick, Healthy Dinners

These six simple raw ingredients can be transformed into countless easy, healthy meals. Here we give you the reasons we can't live without them in our kitchens, plus quick tips for how to cook with them.

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Lean Beef

Quick Tip: The leanest cuts of beef include tenderloin and top sirloin. To keep the beef moist, try sauteing it quickly over high heat.

Nutrition facts per 3-ounce serving

  • 165 calories
  • 25g protein
  • 0g carbohydrate
  • 7g fat
  • (2.5g saturated)
  • 0g fiber

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Whole Wheat Pasta

Quick Tip: Shave 10 minutes off dinner prep by premaking pasta. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water; gently toss with a little olive oil. Place in an airtight container or a sealable plastic bag and use within 48 hours.

Nutrition facts per 1/2 cup serving

  • 87 calories
  • 4g protein
  • 19g carbohydrate
  • 0g fat
  • (0g saturated)
  • 3g fiber

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Fish

Quick Tip: Shop for fish that is firm and whose skin is translucent. If it smells, well, fishy, it's already starting to go bad. Fresh fish should be used or frozen within two days. Once in the freezer, it will keep for about a month.

Nutrition facts per 3-ounce serving

  • 119 calories
  • 23g protein
  • 0g carbohydrate
  • 2.5g fat
  • (0g saturated)
  • 0g fiber

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Lean Ground Turkey

Quick Tip: To cut calories and fat, look for packages containing all white meat. Feeding a big crew? Stretch your turkey -- and your money -- by mixing it with 10 percent Grape-Nuts cereal.

Nutrition facts per 3-ounce serving

  • 145 calories
  • 17g protein
  • 0g carbohydrate
  • 8g fat
  • (2g saturated)
  • 0g fiber

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Tofu

Quick Tip: Silken or soft tofu is great for baking or smoothies, but for stir-fries or other main dishes, use firm or extra firm. For an additional shot of flavor, look for packaged tofu that has been marinated (which keeps unopened in the fridge for at least a month).

Nutrition facts per 3-ounce serving

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Chicken

Quick Tip: Place chicken breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap and gently pound with a tenderizer until they are of uniform thickness. This will ensure even cooking.

Nutrition facts per 3-ounce serving

  • 142 calories
  • 27g protein
  • 0g carbohydrate
  • 3g fat
  • (1g saturated)
  • 0g fiber

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When you promote whole wheat pasta, you should picture whole wheat pasta....

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