I try to cook most meals at home and since going gluten free, I depend on really great tools to help. I like eating the Paleo way, which includes lots of vegetables and meats.
Having the right stuff in the kitchen makes prep a breeze and when you have these items, its just easier to make healthy meals at home. These items help chop, dice, juice, blend and much more!
Here are my top must-haves in the kitchen:
1. Micro-Plane/Zester: I use this all the time for ginger, lemon, orange, etc. I don’t know what I’d do without it. Smaller than a grater, this is ideal for grating ginger into tea, adding zest to a meal or dressing.
2. Breville Juicer- You can use any reputable brand but I like my Breville. The one I’ve linked to is a step above the one I currently use, its time for me to get a new one! I have really enjoyed juicing over the years.
My favorite is an apple-carrot-mango blend but I do enjoy a good green juice with fennel, dark leafy greens and cucumber. This juicer is easy to clean and it does a great job of extracting the juice from the fruits and vegetables.
3. VitaMix- If you buy one item for your kitchen this year, make it a VitaMix! I use mine constantly. Recently I even blended up a batter for blueberry muffins, I’ve also made tomato soup.
The best way to utilize for your VitaMix for your health is to throw your greens in there with some water, green tea or Kombucha and blend it up into a smoothie. Washing it out is a breeze. It even breaks down kale and fennel! Highly recommended.
4. Spiralizer- A Paleo replacement for pasta is often Zucchini made into long pasta like ribbons. Get your zucchini pasta done fast and easy using a spiralizer. You can also use this for carrots, cucumbers and basically anything else you want to fashion into long ribbons. My number one way to use the spiralizer is with zucchini, allow it to then “sweat” on a bed of paper towels for about 30 minutes, then lightly sautee to get it warm. Serve your sauce over the “noodles” and this is a healthy, Paleo friendly meal.
5. Food Processor- Never chop an onion again! I use my food processor mostly when making things like meatballs or meatloaf, where anything mixed needs to be finely chopped or diced. I love having one, it saves a lot of time!
6. Toaster Oven- When you have someone who is gluten-free in the house (that would be me) you need a toaster that is designated GF. No one is allowed to put anything in here unless its gluten free. So basically, this one is ALL MINE. I use this to toast my bread or waffles, sometimes even bake something. It sits right out on my counter top and is very easy to operate.
7. Crock Pot- This is an all in one crock pot that’s a beast in the kitchen! Its a must-have because you can do various things with it. I am all about saving time in the kitchen. Not only can you slow cook (what a crock pot is known for) but you can brown meat, saute and even bake. Has oven and stove top abilities and I have made soup in here, roast, even corn bread! I highly recommend this crock pot.
8. Kitchen Aid Mixer- Ahhh, the must- have in all kitchens! What would I do with it? Especially good for making whipped cream or things where the mixer needs to be going for more than a few seconds. I have made mashed potatoes using this as well.
Dump your ingredients in here then turn it on and walk away, its that simple to use. You might not use it daily but when you do use it, you will love it.
9. Hand Held Blender- So convenient! Excellent for blending salad dressings and gravy, puree soups etc. There’s a great recipe in Nom Nom Paleo and you use an immersion blender for the gravy, its truly outstanding. I recommend that book too!
10. A great stack of good Paleo cookbooks! Here are my favorite gluten-free books which happen to be Paleo:
Danielle Walker’s Against All Grain the recipes are very easy and don’t require crazy, hard to find ingredients. I am a big fan!
The Paleo Kitchen, Finding Primal Joy in Modern Cooking a beautiful cookbook, chock full of information and recipes.
Paleo Cooking from Elana’s Pantry with lots of delicious gluten-free, dairy free recipes that are fast and simple. I also really like Elana’s almond flour cook book.
Quick & Easy Paleo Comfort Foods Quick, gluten free recipes that the whole family can enjoy? I’m sold.
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