Sometimes it’s not the outside temptations that stop us from whipping up a healthy home-cooked meal. We scroll through Pinterest or flip through that new cookbook, eager to try something new. We’ve got our grocery list checked off and hungry mouths to feed, but we soon realize the effort it takes to prep, cook, and clean up meal after meal.
And of course, we also need the right tools to bring a meal on paper to delicious fruition. We want soup now, but it calls for a 4-6 hour cook time. Our Paleo pizza recipe doesn’t bake up quite like the original. And throwing cauliflower into an old blender fails to make the Paleo “rice” we were hoping for.
In the post below, we feature 10 of our favorite kitchen appliances. We use at least a few of these tools every week. We’re confident that these these appliances will help you expand your culinary skill set and spice up your repertoire of recipes! Most of the links below lead to Amazon, in case you’re interested in any of these time-saving and health-promoting tools.
Gluten-free or not, diving face first into a big bowl of pasta will likely give you the “must lay down, so sleepy, so full” feeling. It’s no surprise, considering that just one cup of spaghetti noodles has over 43 grams of carbs! And let’s face it, whether you’re eating out or making pasta at home, you’re likely to have more than one cup in your bowl.
As far as “pasta alternatives” go, spaghetti squash is a popular option. But we can’t expect this to be our only choice when it comes to “noodles.” We first used the Spiralizer as way to replace pasta in recipes. But we’ve found a million other reasons why it’s so great. The Spiralizer will help you transform a wide assortment of nutrient-rich vegetables. From summer slaws to spicy beet sauté, your vegetables won’t know what hit them! Plus, as easy as it is to use, it’s fun for the little ones, too!
- Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker
It’s hard to stay true to a healthy diet when nostalgic favorites like pizza are there to tempt you. And let’s face it: Pizza is one of the more difficult meals to recreate without the use of refined flour. Our sister company, Wellness Bakeries has created what we believe is the BEST gluten- and grain-free pizza crust mix ever developed.
But if you want to take your home made pizza to a whole other level, we highly recommend the Breville Crispy Crust Pizza Maker. The stone inside heats up to a blazing 500 degrees. It’s like having a hearth oven right in your kitchen, except it only takes up a little over one square foot of counter space. In just 10 minutes, this stone will turn your dough into a perfectly crisp and chewy pizza. We suggest throwing your dough on a piece of parchment for easy placement. Now you can have not only the best pizza for you, but the best in town (without a delivery fee!).
- Cuisinart Smart Stick Immersion Blender
This is one of those handy tools you don’t know you need until you try it! Use it to create creamy smooth sauces, perfect mashed cauliflower or potatoes and all manner of soups. When we followed the GAPS diet, our soup list grew well beyond the basic broth with veggies. From borscht to smooth broccoli soup, we started to see just how far we could take this spinning resource. Turns out, it makes the best pureed butternut squash, without having to wait for it to cool. Plus, instead of scraping the sides of a blender to get those last little bits, you can simply pop off the handle, tap it on the side and without sacrificing any of your tasty treat!
- Instant Pot
When you’re cooking for others or just preparing for the week ahead, a slow cooker is a great “set-it-and-forget-it” option. However, despite the little work it takes to toss in ingredients and turn on, the slow cooker still requires hours of cooking time. Pressure cookers are taking over the highly coveted spot for a one-stop meal pot. And for good reason! The Instant Pot not only speeds up cooking time drastically, it does so without compromising nutrient loss. In fact, since it cooks so quickly, it retains more nutrients than most other cooking methods! Instead of the days needed to make the richest gelatin, it takes less than two hours. That whole chicken in the freezer? Make it fall-off-the-bone tender in half an hour. The Instant Pot is truly a culinary wizard, and one that we’re never without in the Healing Gourmet Test Kitchen!
- Breville Smart Oven
While most of us have said goodbye to our pop-up toasters, this toaster oven is a must-have on your countertop. What started as an effort to bake separate dishes simultaneously became one of the best investments for our test kitchen. Literally a miniature oven, the size makes it all the more beneficial. With a quarter of the space to heat, it not only saves energy, but also heats up faster than our conventional oven. The temperature setting is also more accurate (which is especially important for baking). In fact, since we have been using this countertop Smart Oven, we hardly use our full-size oven any more. Try it out for baked goods, roasts, toast or just reheating your leftovers.