This vegetable slicer is a game changer, turning zucchini into noddles or "zoodles," which are the perfect substitute for pasta. Well worth the small investment.
We use our slow cooker multiple times per week and I wouldn't be able to get healthy, real food meals together on busy weeknights without it. The 6-quart size is great because it makes enough to feed a crowd and yields enough leftovers to enjoy later on. The programable option is fantastic because you can set it for a specific amount of time and then to switch to "warm" until you get home.
A must for making creamy soups and sauces at home, without having to transfer hot liquids to a blender. Use it directly in your slow cooker for the smoothest, silkiest soups.
I'm not going to lie, this blender is a major investment, but it's something our family uses every day. We've had our model for over three years, and with daily use it's still going strong. We even bring it with us on road trips so we never have to be without our morning smoothies!
A good food processor is a must for any real food kitchen. Use it to make hummus, dips, and raw cookie bites.
A basic cast iron skillet is one of the most used items in our kitchen. It's naturally non-stick, heats evenly, and lasts forever.
This is probably my most used piece of cookware. It's definitely an investment piece, but one that will last a lifetime. Naturally non-stick and even heating make it a dream to cook with.
Use this naturally non-stick dish it for everything from casseroles and lasagna to brownies.
As with the rectangular dish, this gratin dish is a workhorse. Perfect for roasting chicken and vegetables or for fruit and berry crisps.
Sheet pans are, in my opinion, completely essential to any real food kitchen. Throw a bunch of chopped veggies on one, drizzle on some olive oil, and roast in the oven until golden brown.
Silicone baking mats are a perfect, reusable way to line your sheet pans to keep food from sticking. They're non-toxic and dishwasher safe, too.
Even though this is called a fish spatula it's good for so much more! Great for flipping eggs, burgers, bean patties, and (of course) fish.
A good quality squeezer really does the best job at getting the most juice out of citrus.
A set of strainers makes rinsing a breeze. Use them to wash berries, grapes, veggies, and rinse whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.
This little funnel is used every night at our house to make filling mason jars with leftovers super fast and easy. It's a small thing that makes life easier.
Mason jars are perfect for food storage because they can go directly in the freezer and the lid screws on tight to avoid drips and leaks. More on how I freeze leftovers in jars here.
This set of sealable, glass containers is perfect for storing leftovers and prepping food for the week ahead.
I use these for packing lunches and travel snacks.
These are perfect for the perfect no-stick muffin, and for separating food and snacks in lunch boxes.
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