Cut 20 minutes off your dinner prep time with these do-ahead shortcuts, so when it's time to eat, supper's ready in a flash.
By Lynn Andriani
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The Tokyo Express
This Japanese spin on fast food begins with cubes of boneless beef strip loin and pieces of red bell pepper that you thread onto skewers and soak in a sweet-salty marinade of soy sauce, brown sugar, black pepper and ponzu sauce (an all-purpose vinaigrette you can buy in Japanese markets or easily make yourself). When it's time to eat, grill the meat-and-vegetable kebabs for four minutes on each side.