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Use the right cooking tool for the job and an easier life

When I ask people what their biggest challenges are to eating healthy, time is always at the top of the list. Having the right cooking tools for the job in the kitchen can save you time and even increase the fun factor in when preparing those healthy meals and treats.

The “spirlaizer”

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I love this gadget, it’s one of my favourite cooking tools. It’s great for making zucchini or sweet potato noodles. Plus, you can make curly fries anytime at home and are tons healthier then what you would ever get from the freezer section at the grocery or in a restaurant. They’re fun for everyone!

Food Processor

cooking toolsWe’ve had our processor for 2 years or more now and its gets used at least a couple of times a week, possibly more.  Its invaluable for taking the hard work out a number of recipes, think of it as your extra muscle in the kitchen. We demonstrated how quick and easy a food processor makes putting our Almond Protein bars together in our myth busting video that shows you can make the bars in under 10 minutes.

Prep bowls

cooking toolsYou may be thinking this is silly, but having everything out, measured and ready to go will reduce the stress of cooking. Less stress increases the likelihood you’ll cook more at home and makes the entire process more fun.


cooking toolsThis little gadget comes in handy when zesting the lime for our coconut lime bars. It’s also good for shredding hard cheeses, cinnamon, ginger, garlic and chocolate. (you had to know chocolate was going to pop up somewhere)

Citrus squeezer

cooking toolsYou’ll get the most out of your lemon, lime or orange with this gadget. It’s so easy, you’ll be less likely to shy away from recipes that call for fresh squeezed. Less waist, less time, more scrumptious meals. Not all kitchen tools are expensive!

Immersion blender

cooking toolsThis is great for smoothies, soups and sauces. You can simply “immerse” it in to your pot and puree away. Clean up is a breeze and you create less mess. Gotta love less clean up time in the kitchen. Having to clean is top on the list of why people don’t like to cook. No worries here.

Kitchen sheers

cooking toolsOk, most people have these, but its one of the key tools in our kitchen, constantly in use, and equally, constantly missing from where I had them last. These are handy for cutting up herbs, snipping grapes, snipping up chicken, cutting up canned tomato, cutting up lettuce, peeling shrimp. I’m sure you can think of tons other uses.

Flexible cutting boards

cooking toolsThese are pretty cool. They come in various colors so you can designate them for different uses. It helps avoid cross contamination for families who need to be cautious of food allergies. They are also flexible, which means the sides can be folded up minimizing spills on the way to the bowl, pot, pan or sink. Remember, less mess means less time cleaning up, thats a good thing.

 Possibly my top cooking tool

Alligator Garlic Press

cooking toolsOk, I don’t have one of these yet, but it’s top of my “gotta have” list. We use tons of garlic in our house and I always kindly leave the task of chopping garlic to my husband or kids. I know, bad right?  It’s not that I mind chopping, it’s the sticky fingers. What a mess. With this little find, no more sticky fingers, no more mess! It also looks like fun and we like fun 🙂

Box Grater

cooking toolsEach side has a different size variation depending on what your recipe calls for. Great for shredding hard veggies quickly and you can pop it right in the dishwasher.

Bottle Opener

cooking toolsOK if you don’t have one of these you need to. It will make you feel like the strong man at the circus when it comes to opening those tight lid jars. Again, less stress for you and less stress in the kitchen increases the fun factor.

So there you have it. These are my favorite kitchen tools and the ones I use most often. The “alligator” is coming to my kitchen today! That probably doesn’t sound right coming from someone who lives in Florida. It’s the alligator garlic press of course. Introducing fun in the kitchen will make food preparation more inviting. All those years of your parents telling you not to play with your food. Play with your food! Experiment, be adventurous, try some of these standard tools and explore some new ones. Think of them as toys for your kitchen. When you do, please let us know what great gadgets / toys you’ve found.

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