We all know the best way to eat healthy is to prepare home-cooked meals as opposed to grabbing something to-go from your favourite restaurant or fast-food joint. But just because you make it at home doesn’t mean it’s going to be any better for you, especially if you cook with a lot of oil, load up your recipes with butter and salt and skimp on the veggies.
Aside from using healthier recipes (like the ones found in these cookbooks), there are a few kitchen tools you can use to whip up healthy meals in a pinch.
Simply toss your meat and veg into the steamer, season and pop in the microwave and oven to cook. This microwave-, dishwasher-, oven- and freezer-safe steamer from Epicure (pictured above) makes it easy to cook without all the added oil and fat. Best of all, it’s only $20!
The mother of all blenders. You can put whole fruits and veggies in this sucker and pulverize them in minutes. Besides smoothies, you can also make sauces, spreads, and other tasty processed foods without the added preservatives. The downside? It’s $500 price tag. Blendtec has a slightly cheaper version that is just as good — I have one and it blends up whole fruits and veggies into liquid goodness like a champ.
Get your veggies in by swapping grain noodles for zucchini noodles! Make delicious, raw zucchini noodles to add to salad or use them in any pasta recipe. I have this model and it works like a charm. Plus, it’s really easy to clean!
Skip the store-bought salad dressing and make you own with this handy little container. Simply add you oil and/or vinegar of choice, seasoning and spritz on your salad for a light hint of flavor instead of dousing it in dressing.
Nothing beats walking in the door after a long day at the office and smelling something delicious that’s been cooking in the crock-pot all day. Throw your meat, vegetables and seasoning in in the morning and come home to freshly prepared meal instead of trying to come up with something to make at the end of the day when you’re already tired and hungry.
Do you own any of these kitchen tools? What else would you add to the list?