Coming off the clean eating challenge, I’ve been spending more time searching out and trying new recipes, which equals more time in the kitchen. I’ve found there are a few gadgets that I use frequently that make cooking so much easier. Now, I’m not promoting any company. These are just the brands I happened to purchase, and I have no other experience with other brands that produce similar products.
- Magic Bullet. I usually drink at least one protein shake a day, either after coming home from the gym, a run or as I’m getting ready for my night shift at the hospital. I love the ease of using this mini blender. I just throw everything in and presto! I have a perfectly blended shake in under a minute with relatively little cleanup. I also like the strength of this blender. Here I’m trying out my hand at making almond meal (basically finely ground almonds to take the place of flour). Making almond meal took a bit of time, and I had to keep shaking the container to get the larger nut pieces to fall down to the bottom by the blades, but I wound up with some nice almond meal! I also love using my Magic Bullet for making my own ranch dressing (from cashews! Really! I’ll have to tell you about it one day.)
- George Foreman grill. For the longest time, I just threw some chicken in the oven to bake, but then I discovered this little personal grill. In a matter of minutes, I can have tasty, moist grilled chicken, salmon, or turkey burgers. I’m anxious to try it out on some veggie burgers and grilled veggies. And I love the ease of clean up. No pans with stuck on chicken drippings.
- Kitchen scale. One thing that became super helpful to me in attaining and maintaining a significant weight loss was portion control. I picked up this kitchen scale for around $10, and it’s been incredibly helpful to keep me on track with portions. It has both metric and standard measures, so when some recipes call for so many grams of an ingredient, I can put the scale on the metric measure and figure out how much 114 grams of zucchini is. Or I can measure out 3 ounces of meat for a serving instead of just eyeballing it.
- Garlic press. This may seem like a funny gadget to list among my favorites, but I use it all. the. time. I cook with a lot of fresh garlic, so having a press to mince those cloves of garlic is so much easier and faster than chopping it up by hand. This press is not of great quality, but it does the job.
- Shaker cup. Here’s another one of those kind of odd gadgets to mention among my favorites, but I love my shaker cups. I’ve found that if I take a serving of my favorite chocolate protein powder to work and make a shake close to quitting time, it curbs my hunger and my desire for unhealthy sugary treats. I have one shaker cup that uses a wire whisk kind of ball. I don’t like this one as much; it doesn’t get the powder off the side of the cup very well. My favorite cups have the harder ball inside that really blends that powder as well as a blender.Here’s to happy, healthy cooking–and eating!
Talk to me:
What are your favorite kitchen gadgets?
If money was not an obstacle, what’s one kitchen gadget you’d love to have?