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Favorite Kitchen Gadgets

I love to cook, but since having a child I don’t have as much free time to play in the kitchen. If you're looking to upgrade your kitchen accessories for a fraction of the cost, these have been life savers in helping to prepare healthy meals for the whole family. These accessories make cooking healthy meals so easy that you'll literally have very little excuses to not fuel your body well.

I held off on the air fryer for a long time, but once we got it, I started using it several times per week. Here are my favorite foods to cook in the air fryer:

  1. Sausages/brats (drips the fat away and the husband is in happy land eating what could traditionally be a high calorie food)

  2. Asparagus (and bacon wrapped asapragus)

  3. Toast with cheese (or a panini sandwich). So toasty.

  4. Sweet potato fries (less oil needed!)

  5. Dumplings (or other Trader Joe's frozen appetizers that typically require a microwave or oven).

  6. Buffalo cauliflower (see the recipe from a couple of weeks ago)

  7. Bacon (watch the fat drip away)

I use the food processor attachments for all of my veggie chopping needs. My salads and stir-frys have a ton of different veggies in them (carrots, bell peppers, red cabbage, onion, mushrooms) and if I had to chop and slice all of those manually, I’d give up on veggies too.

It takes me 15 minutes to chop pounds of veggies (yes...pounds) that are easy to throw into salads, wraps, and bowls.

I also use it to make cauliflower rice. One large head of cauliflower makes a lottttt of rice and can be frozen for quick use later.

The food processor also blends, purees and mixes dough. It's truly a genie and belongs in everyone's kitchen.

I use the Instant Pot at least 3-4 times per week. The best part about using the instant pot is that I can set the item in there and walk away from it unlike using the oven or range. These are some of my go-to uses:

  1. Cooking raw meat to shred for salads, wraps, and bowls. More inexpensive and healthier than buying prepared meat.

  2. Fresh rice and quinoa for side dishes, salads, and bowls. Rice takes 5 minutes and quinoa takes 1 minute (once preheated). Pretty incredible, eh?

  3. Hard boiled eggs (5 minutes). Snacks, salads, and wraps. So incredibly easy and quick. Did you know that eggs are a complete source of protein? They have all of the essential amino acids. Truly a superfood to incorporate into your diet if you like eggs!

  4. Broth! I throw in chicken bones from rotisserie chickens, leftover veggies that are going bad, and some water, and cook for an hour. The end result is a great both that can be consumed on its own, frozen for later use, or to used to make soups.

All three of these accessories have been immense time savers. They allow us to cook healthy food faster and more inexpensively than ordering from takeout. They’re a small investment up front, but they pay off quickly after a couple of uses.

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