On Sunday, I cook. It’s the one night of the week I can guarantee we have a home-cooked meal, and depending on how often we’ll be home during the week, I’ll usually try to cook several things so we can enjoy leftovers or bring lunch.
I’ve put together a short roundup of some of my favorite kitchen tools. Whether you are looking to add items to your wedding registry, or want to get started on your holiday wishlist, here are some of my must have kitchen tools.
- Hampton Duraceramica Ceramic Knives: I’ve had knives from Ikea, I’ve had a fancy knife block set from my parents.This colorful knife set however is my go-to in the kitchen, whether it’s cutting up chicken or piercing a sweet potato before it goes in the oven. I’ve had these knives for three years or so, and I’m always amazed at how easy it is to cut ANYTHING with them and how smooth the cut is. You know when you cut a stick of pepperoni and it leaves a rugged edge? This is perfectly smooth. I love these knives so much we didn’t register for any knives for our wedding as a result.
- Crock-Pot with Timer: I have several friends who have purchased a slow cooker but didn’t get them with the timer. The timer is crucial! If you have the Crock-Pot with the timer, you can set it before you go to work, cook something on low, and once it finishes in 8 hours, it will stop cooking and switch over to the warm setting. It’s a life saver, and it’s awesome to come home to a delicious meal. We’ve made everything from pulled pork (just dump barbecue sauce over pork, and leave your house and you’ll come home to a yummy meal), to chicken chili to adobo pulled pork. Again, I cannot stress enough how important it is to get the timer as you don’t have to worry about your meals being overcooked.
- Paderno Tri-Blade Spiralizer: My friend Yael got this spiralizer last year and I was intrigued. I wasn’t a huge fan of spaghetti squash, but wanted to give zucchini noodles, or zoodles, a try after reading this article. It was simple to use – just pick up a few zucchinis, and spiralize them to create noodles. Once I had the noodles, I would sauteed the zucchini, and throw a little tomato sauce and chicken sausage to create an easy but healthy lunch. If you are considering eating healthier but don’t want to give up your beloved pasta, I’d recommend adding this to your list! Plus, there’s a whole blog dedicated to spiralized recipes!
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