One of the biggest struggles we had when we decided to clean up our diet, back in the 90’s, was how long it took us to prepare healthy meals. Now, in hindsight, we see that we didn’t have the proper tools!
Having the right tools is essential to any project. A mechanic can’t fix your car properly if he doesn’t have the needed instruments. You wouldn’t want a repairman to fix your washer and dryer if he didn’t show up with his tool bag. Likewise, eating healthy requires the right time saving devices. Once we finally realized this everything changed.
We wanted to put together a list of the top ten tools that have made our lives easier to help others who feel overwhelmed. There is no real order of importance here, these are just our favorites that we use on a daily basis. There are a lot of tools that we love so it was hard to pick only ten. Thankfully we decided to create the Easy Peasy Pantry! We have a whole bunch of good tools there and will be adding more as we go.
Having the proper tools doesn’t have to be a huge hit to your budget either! A lot of these we received as gifts for birthdays and Christmas (if you don’t think a pressure cooker is a fun gift wait until you try one out! 😉 ). Eating healthy can totally be (and we think should be) Easy Peasy!
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One of the best tricks to eating healthy is packing your dishes with as many veggies as possible.
The only struggle we had with this is the time it took to stand there and chop them all by hand. When we were in a rush it was simply easier to not add the veggies at all. This gadget is a real lifesaver when you are putting together a big dish of soup, pasta salads, potato salads, roasted veggie quesadillas and everything else you can think of! It has cut our prep time in half.
Enamel Cookie Sheet
We seriously use this for everything! Roasted vegetables are cooked to perfection, biscuits are lightly browned, veggie patties stay nice and firm, and it works great for roasting tomatillos for salsa. This cookie sheet has a great way of browning without over cooking. One quick note though… it doesn’t work real good for cookies. Don’t ask how we know that 😉
If you haven’t used a Lodge Pan you have never lived! We use ours all the time. They have a fantastic way of enhancing every flavor. Most of them are also oven safe so it cuts down on how many dishes you use. Easier cleanup! We really like the Lodge brand because they put so much effort into making sure their quality is the very best. They are American made which is always exciting! And they are incredibly durable. If you take care of them you’ll never need another!
Electric Pressure Cooker
Of all our favorite tools this one is seriously amazing! We were afraid to use stove top Pressure Cookers for years so when we discovered the electric option we were very excited. Imagine a crock pot that works in minutes instead of hours. That’s a pressure cooker! They cook up anything from roasts, veggies, potatoes, grains, to beans and soups in no time. This method of cooking also adds tons of good flavor since all of the good juices are locked in while it cooks. This has seriously been a lifesaver for us.
Berkey Water Filter
Roughly 75% of our bodies are made up of water. With that in mind it only makes sense that if that 75% is made up of water filled with toxins like chlorine and fluoride then our we will not feel good. We love Berkey because they take water filtration so seriously that they have surpassed militarily standards. We have used their filter for years and could not be more pleased. And the water tastes GREAT!
We have had this handy gadget for literally 19 years. And that is using it on a daily basis! Basically a Vitamix is a very high power blender. We use it for our morning smoothies, salad dressings, to mix our Bouillons, chia seed puddings, stevia shakes and nut butters to name just a few.
Although we love our morning smoothies in our Vitamix, the Nutribullet is amazing to have on hand as well! Sometimes we don’t all want a smoothie at the same time or we all want different ingredients. This handy gadget fixes that problem. It is incredibly convenient to use, great for grab and go and easy to clean up. When healthy choices are quick and easier than unhealthy choices you are so much more likely to go with the healthy option.
When we started our Word of Wisdom 30 Day Health Challenge after eating gluten free for several years we realized that whole grains are something we desperately need in our diets. That is a story for another day so let it suffice to say that once again there is a handy tool to the rescue! Our wheat grinder is another great product that we have had literally for years. We use it constantly and could not be more pleased with it. It grinds everything from wheat to popcorn and beans. This little gadget has never let us down.
This one might seem a little unusual to some, but we promise it’s a time saver. Instead of mashing refried beans by hand or scooping squash soups into a food processor to make it smooth you simply immerse and go! It’s great for salsa if you don’t want it quite as chunky, makes tomato soup nice and smooth and really works for any dish that needs a little mixing/blending.
Now this one is a pretty common tool in the kitchen. If you don’t have one you are missing out! Kind of like the Veggie Chopper and Immersion Blender it really just speeds up prep time. You can whip up pesto, salsa, biscuits, pie crusts and a lot of other yummy things in no time.
Thanks for stopping by to check out our top 10 favorite tools! Don’t forget to check out our Easy Peasy Pantry page for more awesome healthy eating tools. We’ll be adding more over time so keep checking back 🙂
What are your favorite kitchen tools? What would you add to the list?
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