One of the questions I get a lot on Facebook and Instagram is what my essential tools are in the kitchen. Here is the deal: There are tons of great equipment out there and I am sure we will add to this list at some point, but with the little one attached to my skirt (or sweats!) all day long, I don’t have much time or energy to use everything I would otherwise like to. Besides, I have to admit that I am a little lazy in the kitchen general, and also a minimalist, so I don’t buy a lot of items. When I do, I use them for years. So this is a list of things that I use on a regular (if not daily) basis for years, in order to get quick, healthy, and usually oil-free results.
Everyone, this baby is hands down our favourite item in the kitchen. I say “our” favourite, because my husband loves it, too. What have I not ‘fried’ with this? From zucchinis to beets (the only way we can eat beets. oops), from potatoes to falafel, from chickpeas to green beans, this poor baby keeps working for our family non-stop! By the way, you do NOT have to use an oil spray, but if you want my recommendation, I *only* use this brand. Check the ingredients, and compare it to other brands, and you’ll see.
You might know from the social media that my husband has done the yoursuper detox a few times, and LOVED his results. So we did a bunch of meal-prep, smoothies, salads, and so on. I used Vitamix at least ten times a day, during the 5-day detox!
I am also using their products regularly, adding them to smoothies, overnight oats, puddings. Even the little one loves them! Baking, soups, juices, even my healthy Nutella (again, adding yoursuper products!)- for all that and more, we are using Vitamix. We have been using both the air-fryer and the Vitamix for years. Both of them have moved from place to place, coast to coast with us, and they haven’t aged a bit. It is a great investment is what I am saying. Some things, you just pay for and never ever regret, you know? Thank goodness for that! You can get the one we are using (I believe it is the most affordable option) here. You can also get your 15% discount on anything you purchase from yoursuper.com using the code SUPER-IVY15. If you have any questions about these products, do let me know!
I have tried a few hand-held frothers before, mostly to mix/ blend/stir powders that don’t dissolve otherwise. Some people ask me how I make my favourite coffee alternatives, especially because some of these, like matcha, do not dissolve in water easily. Well, I use frothers. The hand-held frothers I used before were okay, but they didn’t last long, they weren’t as powerful, and they definitely were not looking as elegant either. This one from Clevr Blend is gorgeous as well as powerful. AND guess what? It is environmentally friendly- you won’t need to keep changing batteries, as it’s rechargeable. Just connect to the socket:)
ETA: I had just discovered their lattes. Loved them all so much that I became their affiliate. Type Shakingmytofu for everything at the Clevr Website.
I think Le Creuset is not making the steamer that I am using (it is THAT old). But this one seems similar. I blanch vegetables for the little one, steam for us when making salads or use on toasts (I don’t like raw veggies that much), use the same pot for rice, quinoa, pasta, and soups.
Finally, the wok. Again, my wok does not seem to be in the market anymore! But the one that I use is too big anyway. The only reason why I love it is that we stir fry regularly, and I can make enough for two meals. What I usually make for my husband is stirfried veggies with rice, or gluten-free pasta. This one seems much smaller than ours, but it might be easier to use and wash!I
I will be back with three (plus a bonus) chickpea recipe – one recipe for everyone, including the kiddos! Come back to check them out! Until then, much love from a grey Washington day!
EDITED TO ADD: Portion control plate
Okay, so I am intrigued by this portion control plate. They have a discount going on (I think 20% if you sign up?) so I might just purchase it to try to see how it helps me. I LOVE trying new kitchen tools, and these days I want to pay attention to eating enough protein. I have never had a problem with eating my healthy fats (ha!). But I have been wanting to gain more muscle mass (I’m all for the “strong not skinny” thing) and I find myself needing visual reminders/pointers to get my proteins regularly. I would not recommend this to someone with an eating disorder, or disordered eating, but it might be helpful to people who want to have a more diverse and balanced diet. What do you think? Have you used anything like this?
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Editor’s note: The information in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition and before undertaking any diet, supplement, fitness, or other health programme.