Today I want to share with you what I am using in my kitchen to cook healthy foods for our family in the most effective way possible. We look at it as an investment, whatever we are putting into it now will help us save big in the future. Our children will learn healthy eating habits and we will be taking care of our own health as well.
There are certain tools that I believe can be used in a variety of ways, think outside the box to make some pretty awesome, refreshing, energizing recipes. Healthy eating can be a lot of fun and really tasty! I promise.
The Spiralizer is a machine that allows us to cut any vegetable or fruit into long spirals using any of the four different blades. It is very easy to clean, lightweight, easy to store, sturdy, and BPA-free. It can be used to make zucchini noodles or zoodles like the picture below, carrots, sweet potatoes, or even apples. This machine is soooo easy to use! Even my 7 year old has used it to make noodles.
Recipe: Zucchini Noodles with Roasted Chick Peas Garbanzos and Fried Egg
Originally, I had started making green smoothies using an Oster blender that my Mom gave me. It worked pretty well for making simple banana, spinach, water or milk smoothies. However, once I started getting more into it and I wanted to use apples, oats, frozen fruit… the blender broke! I have actually broken 2 Oster blenders not because they were bad, but because these weren’t made for the heavy duty work I needed.
So the Hubs got me a Ninja blender this year. I AM IN LOVE. It is the BEST blender I have ever, ever owned. Oh my word. What took me so long?!?! I make all sorts of things in it. It is great for all kinds of smoothies, nice cream, and sauces, and blender muffins.
I love that the Ninja comes with the all-powerful blender, two single serve cups, and a food processor. It really is the full package.
Quick & Delicious: Make the Most of Your Blender
3. Stainless steel pots and pans
As far as pots and pans, I have upgraded to using stainless steel with copper bottoms. They work really well and it’s really easy to clean. Plus they look nice, lol. Being serious, though, stainless steel cooks the food better. Tefflon can actually bring off unhealthy fumes to the food. We got this set last Christmas on clearance, with two additional coupons at Macy’s. These are the best pots and pans I’ve ever had!
4. Cast iron skillets
Lastly, I also make use of our cast iron pan and grill. There are several benefits, but these four here are the mains ones for me.
- great for searing meat
- very durable
- can be used on stove and oven
- it doesn’t need soap for washing —save some $ here!
- it transfers iron into the food (this is really good!!!!)
Craftsy has a class on How to cook with an iron skillet (currently 25% off). It teaches how to make flatbreads, one pan meals, stewing, and most importantly, how to cook vegetables. Check it out below:
With just a few appliances, like the ones mentioned above, you can make a variety of healthy foods for breakfast, lunch, dinner, even baked goods. These are my personal recommendations. I only share what I truly think is good and effective.
What are your favorite tools for cooking healthy foods at home? Let me know in the comments below.
See you soon,
You might be interested in the following classes by Craftsy:
- Learn to cook veggies
- Healthy meals that taste delicious
- Vegetable know how – blanching, sautéing, frying, steaming, roasting, steam roasting, caramelizing, grilling, and braising
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