I've been practicing yoga for over 7 years however, it is only recently that I have started changing my eating habits and therefore cooking at home much more. We used to eat out several times a week. Now, I cook 5 nights a week and also make breakfast to go for my husband every day! I am by no means a gourmet cook and I do like to cut corners. I dread the whole "food prep" process so I am frequently on the look out for any tools that can make the whole thing less time consuming (and easier to clean up!)
So, I am sharing my top 5 gadgets/appliances that I use almost every day ...
1. My Cuisinart Elemental Food Processor with Spiralizer & Dicer :
My first food processor died, so for a long time I was chopping by hand and/or using my Vitamix as my processor. Then, when I saw this gem on another blog, I new my wishes were answered. Spiralizers are all the rage now, AND I needed a new processor. It was Beshert (Yiddish for "meant to be")! So, I signed my husband up for a William Sonoma Credit card for 20% off (I already had one) and went shopping! I was so excited for it to arrive. It was a huge box! So far, I have used the spriralizer and the food processing features. It is easy to assemble, easy to use, AND.. all of the parts can go in the dishwasher! This was definitely a worthwhile investment! Click here for my favorite recipe for spiralized zuchini.
2. My stainless steel ice cream scooper:
I actually have two of these because one is always in the dishwasher. I use them for everything (rarely for ice cream!) I use it when I am making crab cakes, pancakes..actually any "cakes"! Scoop tuna into an avocado, or scoop perfectly portioned mashed potatoes on a plate (and it will look fancy).
3. My All- Clad Slow Cooker :
Other than the fact that it looks pretty on my counter, I couldn't live without this machine! The insert can be used on its own to cook and serve. It is SIMPLE to use and easy to clean! Now, that said...I have heard a lot of buzz about the Instant Pot.
And...they had me at "Instant" . The Instant Pot is a multi-cooker that does the job of a slow cooker, electric pressure cooker, rice cooker, steamer, yogurt maker, sauté/browning pan, and warming pot. It's a single appliance that does the job of seven different kitchen appliances or tools. Sounds kind of impressive, right? Do you have one? I think I need one.
4. My Dash Egg Cooker:
My daughter calls it my "easy bake oven" for eggs. It truly is a "hard boiled eggs for dummies" gadget. I have a very hard time peeling hard boiled eggs. I have googled best practices, searched Pinterest and still stink at it. The struggle is real! Then, I discovered the Dash and it is magic! I poke the holes, press the button, wait for the (very loud, annoying and somewhat scary) buzz, and drop the eggs in an ice bath. The shells practically fall off! And this cute little thing is only $18! ($15 in black)
5. My Breville Juicer:
Did you make a new year's resolution to eat healthier? Yeah, we all did. Are you sticking to it? One way to add to your daily vitamin intake is fresh squeezed juice. I know, people always say they want a juicer but "it's such a pain to clean". This one is not. It goes in the dishwasher! (I don't buy things that can't!) Use it and leave it out on your counter. When you have it staring at you every morning you will not want to take that bottled of processed OJ out of the fridge! Also, FYI...there is a difference between a blender and a juicer and both have their advantages. I use my Vitamix (which is also one of my favorite gadgets AND a good price at Target) for smoothies and my juicer for juice!
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