Food, Musings, Tips & Tricks

Essential Kitchen Tools

When I first started to change my eating habits, I quickly realized how important it is to have the right tools in your kitchen! Sometimes it makes the difference between throwing in the kitchen towel while swearing you are never attempting that recipe again or finding your new favorite dish! I’ve managed to stock my kitchen, mostly on a budget, and wanted to share some of the items I use frequently.

Food Processor

I find that I use this a lot for things like chopping veggies and making cauliflower rice, but also for sauces, dips, dressings, etc. If you have a Ninja or blender, you can also use that for most things. It works a little bit differently than a blender, which is why I like having both in my kitchen.

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Spiralizer


This comes in handy any time I have a pasta craving. You can “zoodle” zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, and much more. I love this one because it is efficient and allows you to spiralize harder vegetables like sweet potatoes more easily.

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Deep, Ceramic 12.5″ Skillet

I’ll be honest – I bought this skillet because of the color. It was larger than I anticipated, but now I use this almost exclusively. It’s ceramic, so you don’t have to worry about Teflon.  Having the high sides makes such a huge difference – it makes it easier to stir, add in food, etc.  I love it!

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Lemon / Lime Squeezer


I bought this handy little gadget a few months ago and did the “Do I really need this?” debate. I found out the answer was a definite YES! As much as possible, I try to always use fresh ingredients in my kitchen, but found I was wasting a lot of lemon and lime juice by not being able to manually squeeze it all. This make it incredibly easy to squeeze fresh juice and make sure you’re getting all of it!

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Crockpot

If you don’t already have one of these, you’re missing out! Being able to throw a bunch of ingredients in a slow cooker and coming back hours later to a cooked and ready meal is amazing! I have both a large one, as well as a smaller one. If you work out of the house, I would highly recommend getting one that will allow you to set a timer. THIS one even comes with a dip warmer, which I use all the time.

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Juicer


I absolutely love my juicer, and I use it for so many things. Everything tastes better fresh, and if you’re able to juice some fresh watermelon, as opposed to buying store-bought juice, it makes ALL the difference. While juicers can run very expensive, they certainly don’t have to. I love this one shown here, but I have also owned the $36 Black & Decker juicer for many years and it certainly did the trick.

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