Some of My Favorite Things for the Kitchen
My favorite place in the house is the kitchen and I love my kitchen gadgets! These are some of my favorite must have kitchen tools for your healthy, clean eating lifestyle.
Nesco Dehydrator with Jerky Gun – This is the dehydrator that I use. I love that it comes with the jerky gun. I make amazing chicken jerky that is a great addition to breakfast or for a snack. This dehydrator does not have a timer so when I do something that must be timed I have to make sure to set a timer. Most fruits and vegetables stay in the dehydrator for 12-24 hours so I find it easy to just put it on and let it go overnight.
Presto Dehydrator with Timer – If you prefer a dehydrator with a timer then this one is for you. It also collapses for easy storage. I have clients who use this one and love it also. You will need to buy the jerky maker separate with this one though.
Jerky Maker – If you get a dehydrator you will want to try to make some jerky. The Nesco comes with the jerky gun but if you get the Presto you probably want to add in a gun. This one gives you several options.
Vitamix E310 Explorian – A kitchen without a high-speed blender is not a kitchen. Vitamix is a brand that I use and trust. I waited years because I thought they were too expensive but once I had one I wished I hadn’t waited so long. It’s amazing what you can do – make shakes, soup, ice cream, chop, blend, mix, make peanut butters, flours, etc. The hardest decision is deciding which color to buy.
iDOO Hydroponic Garden with Herb Starter Kit – Imagine having fresh herbs all year round without the mess of gardening? This indoor garden does it all for you. I choose to feature this smaller one that comes with herbs because it had a fair price point for a gift and truthfully I figured most people have a few favorite herbs they want for cooking. I know I really want fresh basil all year round so I think I would do basil in the whole pot. No mess system uses just water to grow and no need for natural light as the light is provided for you.
Crock Pot – If you are not using a Crock Pot then you need to start. Having dinner ready when you get home from work is amazing. Save time, cook healthy and avoid eating out or eating late. Check out my many slow cooker recipes.
Instapot – This amazing pot will not only cook your meals in just minutes but it also acts as a slow cooker, warmer, steamer, rice cooker and is perfect to saute your meal first. Everything happens in this one pot and it’s quick (thus the name). My clients rave about their Instapot and how being able to throw an entire meal in for the family and be eating in 20 minutes has really saved them from eating out or grabbing processed foods on the go. This is a must for busy families who want to eat healthy.
Ninja Foodi 5 in 1 – Air fry, roast, back and dehydrate with this indoor grill. I bought this for my husband for his birthday and he loves It. Make a steak inside the house with easy clean up and no stinky smoke. The Surround Searing features gives you a perfectly cooked meal with the taste of a char gilled meat. Clear off the other appliances as this one is all you need.
Kitchen Food Scale – Although you can learn to eyeball your food portions, this inexpensive scale can be a great learning tool to get you started. People really don’t realize how much they eat unless they start to pay attention to quantities. Small, accurate and simple to use, this scale will help you be precise with your clean eating plan.
Hamilton Beach Juicer – This is the juicer I use and I love it. So simple to use and easy to clean. Juicing is a great way to help anyone who has gut issues. So if someone you know suffers from IBS, indigestion, autoimmune disease or just doesn’t get their nutrition they need to stay healthy, juicing can be a great way to ensure you get rapid absorption nutrients. Great for kids who won’t eat their vegetables too!
Yonanas 902 Classic Soft Serve Maker – Easily create yummy tasting treats by adding any combination of chocolate, or fruits like over-ripe bananas, berries, or mango to the chute for a smooth “ice-cream” like taste. This will not only save you money on ice cream but be a healthy alternative for the entire family. Comes with a recipe book for several delicious ideas. This is a must if you have small children or are often throwing out overripe bananas.
GoWise Air Fryer – Now you can have your fried chicken and eat it too without ruining your clean eating plan. Imagine serving up crispy, fried food without all the calories of traditionally deep fried foods. This little handy kitchen item uses little to no oil to make anything from fried chicken, french fries, pizza, steak and so much more.
Hand Held Spiralizer Ki
t – If you are looking for healthy alternatives to pasta then making “zoodles” from vegetables will be something you want to try. This kit does It all at a very reasonable price point.
Mueller Adjustable Mandolin – If you don’t have one of these you are missing out! I LOVE my mandolin for making sweet potato or zucchini chips or just for slicing tomatoes. The hands free model is a must to protect your fingers from getting sliced.
Silicone Muffin Cups – Everyone who likes to bake needs to have these so they can cook batches of their favorite muffins. No more messy sprays or scrubbing the coating off of your pans. High quality 100% food grade silicone and are FDA approved and BPA free; microwave, freezer and dishwasher safe and heat resistant to 450F, they are made to last a lifetime.
Dash Black Rapid Egg Cooker – If you like to make hard-boiled eggs to have on hand like I do then you MUST have one of these in your kitchen! I absolutely love this and use it every single week. I put the eggs in the cooker and turn it on. It takes about 10 minutes for a hard-boiled egg and has a good loud alarm when they are done. These eggs come out perfect every single time and peel easily. I’ve tried baking eggs and boiling eggs but I could never figure out how to make an egg that would easily peel until I got this for Christmas one year. I highly recommend it for every kitchen.
Lemon Squeezer – You can spend a lot more on a lemon squeezer but I bought this one and it works great. Since I like to have fresh lemon water every morning and also throughout the day it makes the task of squeezing a bunch of lemons take only minutes.
Salad Chopper – This is my favorite kitchen tool and I use it daily. This little gadget will change the way you eat salad and make every salad into a gourmet meal. Simply rock the handle back and forth to chop your salad up very fine. All the flavors of the add ons will blend together to make an amazing salad. A must have tool for anyone trying to eat clean, enjoys salads or just wants to dress up a boring side dish.
PowerLix Milk Frother – If you like frothed milk this little gem is perfect! I had another brand that worked well also but it didn’t have a stand and it broke because its a bit delicate. This allows me to keep it standing upright on the counter and allows it to dry like that and is available when I want to froth my milk for my coffee or even for my Tumeric Milk recipe.
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