Kitchen tools for easy meal prep!
Tuesday November 13, 2018
Kitchen tools for easy meal prep.
Bored of the food you are eating? Hate the repetitive lunches and dinners of baked chicken, steamed vegetables and plain rice?
How you cook things can make the biggest difference when trying to stay on top of your nutrition.
Investing in some quality kitchen appliances will help add variety to your daily food routine.
Listed below is a few of my favorite, along with how to use them!
This one is my absolute favorite. I use it multiple times a day! I love to cook my sweet potatoes, bacon, frozen vegetables, burger patties, salmon – pretty much everything can go in there! It crisps and cooks everything without having to ‘pre-heat’ the oven and you don’t have to use any oil for cooking.
This is helpful for making big portions of meals. You can make chili, soup, or one of my favorites – chicken. Yes, it does take a bit longer then an oven or stove top but if you plan ahead, you can have it set overnight while you are sleeping. Often, I will place 3-4 chicken breasts in my crockpot overnight with some salsa or BBQ sauce. When I wake up, the chicken breasts are done and all I need to do is shred it and its good to go!
This is the magic pressure cooker! Similar to the crockpot – you can just build the recipe INSIDE the pot and it will cook. You can cook shredded chicken in for 15-20min, or hardboiled eggs in less than 5! For those of you in a hurry and don’t want to spend a bunch of time slaving over the stove – get one of these. It will save you so much time.
This one is for fun and to help change the look of your vegetables. Grab some zucchini, yellow squash, butternut squash, beets, or some potatoes and spiralize it. Some even have multiple blade settings where you can make thinner or thicker pieces. Easy way to add in more vegetables and still get the ‘pasta’ feeling to it.
Another super easy way to cook in bulk! Grab some pre-cut vegetables, cover the sheets with foil or parchment paper. Place in the oven at 400 for 20-25min(or until they are cooked to your preference). Roasting the vegetables helps to change up the taste and flavor of them! If you are sketchy about using foil or baking sheets – Costco also sells no Silicone baking mats!
Have a variety of seasoning and sauces in your spice cabinet! Play with different combinations whenever you are starting to get bored of your food. Some staples in my rotation right now are: Everything But The Bagel Seasoning from Trader Joes, Frank’s Red Hot Sauce, Kirkland Traditional Salsa, and BBQ sauce!
Christmas is just around the corner! Add a few of these to your list this year!!