Updated: Jul 25
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Cooking and eating at home is an important part of healing and living a healthy lifestyle. Not only do you know exactly what ingredients are going into your food, but it can also be a relaxing ritual or form of meditation. Eating clean doesn't have to be boring, though. Below are a few of my favorite chef’s tools to step up your cooking game and enjoy the process.
1. Breville Sous Chef Food Processor When I first started getting into cooking more at home, this was one of my first purchases, because it unlocks so many more options. I use it to make cauliflower rice (homemade is so much better), french fries, sauces, and smoothie bowls. It will do all the julienning, slicing, and mixing for you. The "dice and peel" version will even peel up to 7 potatoes in about 15 seconds. Who doesn't need a sous chef?
2. High-Speed Blender My morning smoothie is a non-negotiable. It’s the quickest way to get a ton of nutrients, and they taste amazing. If you are choosing between a food processor or blender - start with a blender because you can also use it to blend soups, sauces, and nice cream. The Vitamix is great but my personal preference is the Blendtec Wildside blender.
3. XTREMA Cookware The pots and pans you use to cook your food equally as important as the ingredients you use. Over the years I've tested out a lot of cookware (Greenpan, Ourplace, Staud, All Clad - you name it). What sets Xtrema apart is the fact that they are 100% ceramic - making them free of metals and non-stick coatings. They also come with a 10 Year warranty + a 40 Day trial, so you can test them out for yourself.
4. Le Creuset Dutch Oven A large multi-purpose pot is another kitchen essential. Le Creuset pots aren't cheap but will last, which is why I believe it is worth the investment. In the past, I purchased Staub, which was a big mistake. I have sent a couple of those staub pieces in more than once for a replacement (so there is something to be said about their warranty), but I love the look and quality of le creuset. Shop all Le Creuset Cookware here.
5. Shun Japanese Knives I don’t believe in needing a ton of knives, just a couple of good ones. Shun knives are simply the best. I recommend starting with the 7" chef’s knife and a small paring knife. A serrated bread knife is also a good essential. This 5-piece starter set can also help get you started. They also come in a variety of colors to suit any kitchen.
6. Oxo Grate & Slice Set Sometimes just changing the way you chop or slice your vegetables can change the flavor or vibe of your meal. This 4-in-1 set is great for thinly slicing radishes, onion, or grating ginger. It’s also dishwasher friendly.
7. Slow Cooker If you want to start cooking at home more, or already cook at home but want to spend less time in the kitchen, do yourself a favor and get a slow cooker. There are so many great meals that can be made in a slow cooker. All you have to do is add the ingredients and set a timer. When you return, your meal will be ready!
8. Ambrosia Produce Bags These linen produce bags keep your produce fresh for at least a week, saving frequent trips to the grocery store for fresh produce. Just wash your produce when you get home from the store, place the items in the bag wet, and store in the fridge. So easy!
9. Oxo Salad Spinner A salad spinner is an obvious choice for drying lettuce. But it's also a great way to keep produce fresh. I use mine to rinse and store cilantro or kale for a few days - it really extends its life!
10. Chef'n Lemon Squeezer The lemon squeezer is an everyday essential for lemon water, squeezing lemon onto salads, making guacamole with lime, and so much more.
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