Have The Right Tools and Know How to Use ThemGet a good chef's knife, learn how to use it, and keep it sharp. When you know you can cut up a big mound of vegetables in just a few minutes, you are much more likely to do it. This one tip has given our family a greater variety and quantity of vegetables.
You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a good knife. The TV show "America's Test Kitchen" reviewed chef's knives and recommended one that was about $25--and it will last the rest of your life. Learn how to use the one you choose by taking classes at a kitchen equipment store, or watching TV shows that give technique guidance.
Tip: Don't try to cut too fast at first. Build up your speed gradually. Soon you will be chopping like a pro.
For some jobs, a food processor is also very helpful. It can shred a zucchini or turn cauliflower into “cauli-rice” in a few seconds.