THE BEST PROJECT YOU’LL EVER WORK ON IS YOU! This saying is true and sometimes hard to accept. You have to realize you are worth the time and energy to get fit, get healthy and be happy. If you can’t make that choice, none of these tips will work for you. You need to want to improve yourself. Continuing on with some tips that have helped me in my wellness journey – let’s talk kitchen tools!
All right, first off, you can absolutely cook easily and healthily without any of these tools I am about to mention. However, if you cook a lot or want to switch things up, consider some of these options. I use all of these and would recommend them to anyone. I’ll link to each item on Amazon if you are interested. Most people would call these gadgets and I suppose they are? But, if you use them often enough they really are tools.
- Silicone Baking Mat – These baking mats come in a variety of sizes and prices so shop around. These are non-stick baking mats that make baking super easy and convenient. You won’t need to use oil, cooking spray or parchment paper with these. Many of them are heat proof enough so you can even roast veggies on them. My favorite thing is they make for a super easy clean up. Simple put them on your baking pan, bake and wash. Any sticky juices come off easily.
- Misto – The Misto is a reusable oil spray/mister bottle that give you the convenience of an aerosol sprayer in an economical and environmental way. Simply fill with the oil of your choice, pump air in to make it pressurized and spray as needed. Not only can you use oil in this, but also vinegars, juices or wine. Great for salads and cooking. The Misto creates and even spray so you use less oil when cooking. This is non-aerosol so no chemicals and you can safety use these on your pots and pans.
- Spiralizer – Just as the Silpat, there are many makes, models and prices of the spiralizer. I linked to the Inspiralized one because she has her own website with great recipes and ideas. This tool transforms fruits and vegetables into noodle shapes. They are generally compact in size and easy to store. You can replace noodles or other carb sources with healthy vegetables in fun shapes. Spiralizing also creates a larger volume from the vegetable than if you just chopped or cubed it. One potato is suddenly enough for two people. Be creative with different shapes and new ways to make dishes for your family.
- Nonstick pots and pans – Nonstick pots and pans are great since you don’t have to use much, if any oil, in your cooking. There are tons of options available but I linked to a relatively inexpensive option above from the Pioneer Woman. I personally have these and they are durable and easy to clean. Purchased from Wal-Mart.
- Instant Pot – The Instant Pot is a newer item to me and I am still learning to use it. I have to admit the instruction guide isn’t the most helpful but there are plenty of forums online and within Facebook to help you out. This is a 7-in-1 cooker – pressure cook, slow cook, rice cooker, sauté, yogurt maker and steamer. Save time safely cooking lean meats, steaming veggies, cooking beans, rice or making your own yogurt.
- Meat chopper – What a basic tool. This non-stick gadget has a few blades on it making it perfect for when you brown any group meat or tofu. It easily chops and stirs the meat for you. So simple but I won’t go without one again. This helps cooks your meat evenly.
- CSA – Community Supported Agriculture – This is new to me this year but we will be receiving a large share of veggies from Forager Farm. We are sharing with our friends/neighbors so this will be nice if one of us can’t use items or don’t like a certain veggie. They deliver to Hazen and are on a mission to provide fresh, local, sustainable produce to their members. This is a great way to try produce you might not have bought at the grocery store while supporting some North Dakota farmers.
Those are just a few of my favorite tools to use in the kitchen lately.