I love to cook. I love food. Like most of us, we are very busy and pressed for time. Here is a list of gadgets that I think are necessary for a healthy life. Many are very easy to use, not expensive, and you can get the whole family involved. My wife and I have our two and half year old son help put veggies in the bowl and put seasonings away. If you are a busy family, make it a fun event on a weekend where you all prepare food for the week. If you live alone, make it a group thing one afternoon with others. It will save money and yes even time by doing it all at once.
Crockpot: One of the best inventions ever in my mind. You can throw in a bunch of veggies and or beans and make a soup or leave a piece of seasoned meat in the am and its ready for dinner. Dutch ovens are equally as convenient but don’t leave your home while using it in the oven.
Blender: Get a high quality one. This is where you get what you pay for. If you get a larger one you can also utilize it as a food processor. Great for protein shakes or making a great substitute for mashed potatoes (mashed cauliflower with plenty of grass-fed butter).
Knives or Hand Tool: Nothing is more frustrating than trying to cut with a dull knife, trust me...nothing. Invest in a good quality set or get a good hand chopper if you are clumsy.
Seasonings: While not a tool per se, its one of the best investments for your kitchen. Get whatever types you want: garlic, basil, curry, red pepper. This is where you can have fun making new recipes without hurting your health.
Cast Iron or Stainless Steel Pans: Keep away from teflon and other materials. These pans can last forever and will not harm your health.
Spiral Vegetable Slicer: Look for one that can cut up veggies like spaghetti. Great way to substitute zucchini for pasta and you can still add all of the flavor in the sauce (hint: butter).
Try these out if you don’t have them and contact me with any questions.
You can contact Dr. Scott Jurica, MS, DC, PAK, ACN, at his website, www.drscottjurica.com, or at his office, 830-833-0889.