Sunday, August 28, 2011

My Kitchen Favorites

Eating healthy can be made so much easier when you have the right tools to do so. I thought I'd share some of my favorite kitchen appliances that help me to eat healthier.

1. My Mini Cuisinart Food Processor.
I LOVE this little guy. It is perfect for making fresh salsa, or for dicing up onions for all of your healthy recipes. I also love it for making frozen banana soft serve and to puree zucchini for my fave zucchini cookies. I made a batch last night for church today, and they were scarfed right up!
Sometimes current Macys coupons apply to small appliances, so watch for that and get a Cuisinart.

2. Hamilton Beach Crock Pot
 If you don't own a crock pot, you need to get one. They are a GREAT way to make eating healthy possible, no matter what your time schedule.
My favorite crock pot recipes?
Salsa Chicken
Elegant Chicken
BBQ Chicken
White Bean Chicken Chili
and Steel Cut Oats

3. Good Grips Salad Spinner
I think I've already mentioned how much I love my salad spinner. It is seriously the greatest invention ever. Having soggy lettuce in a salad is the worst thing ever, let's be honest. Nobody likes that. Whipping up some quick salads make for a great method of getting a lot of fruits and veggies in at one time. My favorite salads? I love my go to Fiesta Chicken Salad, or a delicious Greek Salad.  

4. Digital Food Scale.
 If you are really trying to be exact with you food choices and portions when trying to lose weight, a food scale is a great purchase. You may be surprised how off you are on "eye balling" the foods you eat. It seems like people are usually drastically off on the oz amount of their cuts of meat and their pieces of fruit. 

 5. Stainless Steel Cookie Scoop.
 My mom has always used one of these, and I remember when I first moved out of the house I made cookies without one and felt quite unsure of how in the heck you get perfect cookies without one. Don't worry, my mom quickly remedied that problem, and got a scoop for me. I love this for making any sort of cookies and it works great for scooping batter into individual muffin tins as well.
Some good healthy recipes to try? Whole wheat pumpkin chocolate chip cookies or these Healthy Cinnamon Sweet Potato Muffins...both great recipes for fall!

6. Good Grips Apple Cutter.
 If you have kids, these are the BEST. Heck, if you don't have kids these are the best. These make for the quickest snack. Cut up an apple and dip it in some peanut butter and you are good to go! YUM!

7. Silicone Oven Mitts
I have raved about these Sur La Table silicone oven mitts before. They are so great, and they are dishwasher safe. Awesome. You can be ready to handle any hot and healthy dish with these bad boys!

I could go on with kitchen products I love, but these are just a few that I absolutely couldn't live without! What are some of your favorite kitchen appliances? If you tell me it's your Kitchen Aid or your Vitamix I'm gonna be reaaal jealous.


Carrie said...

Not trying to rub it in, but yes, my Vitamix is my FAVORITE kitchen appliance! I was lucky enough to get one from my old boss as a Christmas bonus. I actually just did a post a few days ago about how easy it is to make home made baby food with it.
I also have the mini-cuisinart and that thing is AWESOME! Have yet to get a salad spinner, but it is on my list of wants!

Unknown said...

mine would be a wine bottle opener. haha. jk. But seriously, food processors are a godsend!

LMemory said...

Oh my gosh. i was just thinking that to myself this week- what are my must-haves in the kitchen?? #1 are my kitchen shears- I cut EVERYTHING with those bad boys. And what I can't cut with scissors, I cut with my #2, my sweet santoku knife. There's nothing like a good hefty scary knife for making your work easier!

Lindsey in DC

Elle said...

When we left our house and moved onto the boat, I had to give up mosst of my appliances... espresso maker, breadmaker, steamer, icecream maker, blender, popcorn maker, fondu pot, and so on.

I put the pasta maker and the food processsor in storage.

So, while on board, I make do with a hand mixer, an immersion blender, a toaster, a drip coffee maker, and a microwave oven... all of which only work when we are either at shore or run the generator.

My non-electrical fave kitchen items are my sharp knives, can opener, silicone muffin cups and my popcorn bowl (which needs my mike to work!)

Anonymous said...

Magic Bullet. We have protein shakes every day and it's so quick and easy to clean.

Shannon said...

Coffee maker.

I do love my (my mom's? It's unclear to me now whose it is) food processor AND my beautiful red KitchenAid mixer, even though I don't use it very often. I ALWAYS wanted a red KitchenAid mixer and got one for my 21 birthday.

I would really like a salad spinner and a mandolin... and a good food chopper... and some nice, sharp knives. Or at the very least a knife sharpener.

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