Keep a food chopper on the counter top to make short work out of chopping vegetables. Mini food choppers are especially good for chopping small amounts of vegetables such as celery, onions, bell peppers, carrots, and other firm vegetables. You can get an election chopper or a nonelectric version that has a hand-held plunger with sharp blades. Look for food choppers at kitchen specialty stores.
Try this Kitchen Shortcut with Rice and Black Bean Palif.