I am a firm believer in setting yourself up for success, some things are just worth investing in if they will help you consistently make better food choices again and again.
The kitchen appliances and tools I am referring to are the ones that will help you seriously speed up your food prep, and therefore make it much more likely that you will continue to make healthy delicious recipes, because they will now take you 5 minutes ...not 15 minutes to prep.
think about it, if it took you 5 minutes to prep an incredible slaw or soup, or roasted veggies... how much more likely are you to make that recipe again.
here are my recommendations:
- Mandolin vegetable slicer. I HIGHLY recommend OXO Good Grips Mandoline Slicer. This is an excellent easy to use mandolin at only $69.99 on Amazon, or Oxo Good Grips® Hand-Held Mandoline Slicer for $14.99 from Bed Bath & Beyond. I like these because they have multiple, easy to adjust thickness settings. I do recommend the $69.99 , it's sturdier, and i personally use it a LOT. in the picture you see the $99.99 OXO Steel Chef's Mandoline Slicer... it's the fancier version of th $69.99 one, it was a gift.
- counter top spiralizer; not featured in the picture but so so useful for a multitude of quick & delicious veggie dishes, use it to spiralize veggies for a salad or slaw, to make roasted sweet potato noodles, or zucchini noodles. do get a counter top one, as it's the only way to spiralize root veggies and potatoes. again i recommend OXO brand. OXO Good Grips 3-Blade Spiralizer with StrongHold Suction on Amazon i only $39.99 and so so well worth the money
- Micropane. The Micropane is shown at the bottom of the picture, it is a small hand held grater/zester that IMO gives superior results to a regular zester or cheese grater. It is a great tool to quickly zest some citrus over salads, desserts, soups, giving a super fine zest that is full of flavor, without having to chomp down on a big piece of zest. I use it to finely grate fresh garlic to add to sauces and roasted veggies, again it allows you to add a ton of flavor without having large pieces of garlic. It's a way to quickly add amazing flavor without extra calories :)
- high powered blender, ok now we are talking more $$$ this is an investment to think through. I am personally IN LOVE with my Vitamix; bought it at Costco so got a good deal, and it has been such a worthwhile investment!!! amazingly smooth restaurant quality veggie soups, smoothies, sauces, and dessert in a snap.
- food processor. I love using my food processor to quickly "rice" veggies such as cauliflower, sweet potatoes, eggplant, mushrooms and create amazing dishes in a snap... just process and roast or pan saute these veggies. A food processor is a must when making healthy desserts, allowing me to make super healthy crusts for cheesecakes and pies in a snap. I did not put my food processor in the picture... because it is ancient and well emmm... not photogenic! lol It's a super old (probably 15 years at least) cuisinart. I recommend to do a bit of research online, read reviews, and go for something not too expensive, and not too cheap :)
here are some examples:
- sweet potato fries, an amazingly healthy low glycemic all around good for you carb option: using a food slicer mandolin, you can prep 3 large sweet potatoes in probably less the 5 minutes... using a knife, this is going to take at least 10 minutes, if not more, and the knife cuts will also not produce exactly the same size fries, therefore changing how evenly the food will cook.
- fresh salads and slaws, a mandolin slicer or spiralizer will create super thin evenly cut veggies in a SNAP, which speeds things up AND allows for the salad/slaw to taste better because the evenly sliced super thin pieces hold the dressing so much better.
- soups and smoothies, a good blender is a must! I love using my blender to also create smooth dressings and sauces that otherwise might not work.
- for healthy gluten free desserts, a food processor is a must, as it allows you to transform ingredients such as walnuts dates and flax seed into a delicious gram cracker like crust.
If you have a kitchen tool/appliance I did not mention in this post that you find does the same for you, please drop me a line and let me know about it :)