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Photo by KLiK Concepts

Photo by KLiK Concepts

Paderno Tri-Blade Spiral Vegetable Slicer

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.

Crock-Pot Programmable 6-Quart Slow Cooker 

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.

Cuisinart Hand Blender 

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.

Vitamix 7500 Blender with Low Profile Jar

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!

Cuisinart 9-Cup Food Processor 

A good food processor is a must for any real food kitchen. Use it to make hummus, dips, and raw cookie bites.

Cast-Iron Skillet, 12 Inch

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

Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2 Round French (Dutch) Oven

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.

Stoneware Rectangular Dish 

Use this naturally non-stick dish it for everything from casseroles and lasagna to brownies. 

Stoneware 3.1-Quart Oval Au Gratin Dish 

As with the rectangular dish, this gratin dish is a workhorse. Perfect for roasting chicken and vegetables or for fruit and berry crisps.

Half Sheet Pan 

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

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.

Fish Spatula 

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.

Stainless Steel Lemon Squeezer 

A good quality squeezer really does the best job at getting the most juice out of citrus. 

Fine Mesh Stainless Steel Strainers 

A set of strainers makes rinsing a breeze. Use them to wash berries, grapes, veggies, and rinse whole grains like brown rice and quinoa.

Stainless Steel Canning Funnel 

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.

Wide-Mouth 16-oz Mason Jars 

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.

Glass Storage Containers

This set of sealable, glass containers is perfect for storing leftovers and prepping food for the week ahead.

Stackable Lunch/Bento Box

I use these for packing lunches and travel snacks.

Silicone Baking Cups

These are perfect for the perfect no-stick muffin, and for separating food and snacks in lunch boxes.

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