Happy Monday! Welcome to another edition of my series, Monday Meal Tip, where I share a tip to making healthy eating easier, faster, and delicious.
This week I’m sharing my top 5 favorite kitchen tools that make meal prep go faster which you know I’m all about.
My least favorite past of cooking is chopping vegetables. It just takes so much time! I got this vegetable chopper years ago as a wedding gift and it’s saved me so much time over the years. The entire thing is dishwasher safe which makes clean up a breeze.
This is another item I’ve had for years and love. I don’t prefer store bought salad dressing because most are loaded with fake ingredients and overall, I just prefer simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Things get messy if I store salad dressing in a small tupperware container and pour from it (seriously, oil everywhere) but having this bottle has been great. The top seals closed so it can be transported to and from work without leaking. I even though I shake it like crazy to mix the oil and vinegar, the dressing stays completely contained because of the tight seal at the top. This too is dishwasher safe.
For those of us who don’t have an outdoor grill, this is an amazing alternative. Heck, even if you do have an outdoor grill, the George Foreman is still quicker and easier. It heats up quickly, you don’t have to outside in the winter to use it, it’s cheaper, etc. To top it off, the plates and grease catcher are dishwasher safe so clean up is easy (are you catching my favorite theme here?).
If you don’t have a food processor or if you’ve been depending on your blender to do a food processor’s job, I highly recommend getting a processor. I make lots of baked meats topped with chopped nuts and let me tell you, the chopping process goes much faster when using a food processor instead of a manual nut chopper. It’s also been great for chopping fresh herbs and vegetables so much faster than I ever could with a knife. Of course, it’s dishwasher safe.
The one item on this list that isn’t dishwasher safe but totally worth it! My parents got us a Kitchen Aid stand mixer years ago and it’s been such a luxury to use. Depending on the size bowl, this is definitely a splurge but worth it, especially if you’re a baker. I can’t tell you how nice it is to be able to set it to mix and then do something else.
Those are my five favorite and most used kitchen tools that I highly recommend. They make my life easier and make food prep and cooking go much faster than if I didn’t use them.