1. 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 many more vegetables over the years than we otherwise wouldn't have eaten.
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.