Since our household has been on a healthy eating kick since 2016 rolled in, I've been spending a lot more time in the kitchen prepping meals, as opposed to my usual meal prep routine, which consists of dialing up Papa Johns. (And believe me, if they had any paleo-friendly stuff on their menu, they'd still be on speed-dial!) These are just a few of the gadgets making my time in the kitchen a bit more enjoyable!
01// Breville Risotto Plus Rice Maker ($129.95) The name of this little workhorse is deceptive - you can use it for so much more than rice & risotto! Which is good, since neither are apparently allowed on this stupid diet. Oh I miss starch! It has a metal basket insert that's perfect for quickly steaming up veggies like broccoli, carrots, asparagus, green beans or cauliflower - none of which are quite as tasty as rice, but apparently are way healthier. You can also use it as a slow cooker for roasts and chicken (both of which would be fabulous with....RICE!)
02// Lemon Squeezer ($7.84) In lieu of tasty condiments like butter, we've been opting to use lemon juice and this bright die-cast metal juicer is awesome for squeezing out every last drop. In the interest of full disclosure, I bought it for juicing limes...for margaritas. Which are also not on this @$%#*! diet.
03// Cuisinart Mini Spatulas ($7.99) Every kitchen needs some tools that are colorful and cute! I love using these little scrapers on non-stick pans when scrambling eggs or making a stir-fry. And they are perfect for getting the last remainders out of jars and bottles - like peanut butter or hot fudge sauce. At least that's how I dream of using them every night.
04// Ceramic Pot Minder ($3.95) When I'm in the kitchen working on a meal, I'm invariably trying to do about 15 other things as well. In my distracted state (lack of starch will do that to a girl) pans boiling over are a common occurrence - though it does seem to typically happen RIGHT AFTER I've cleaned the damn cooktop. This little gadget placed in the bottom of the pot helps prevent messy boil-overs. I don't know how it works exactly, and in my carb-depleted state, you can't really expect me to focus on little details like that.
05// Nespresso Aeroccino ($125.00) Yes, I know this is a milk frother. And milk isn't paleo. But without my morning latte, I can't do the whole adulting thing, so I indulge in a bit of dairy in order to function normally. This steamer provides the most amazing foamy, frothy milk in just a few seconds and does so silently - something every non-morning person can appreciate! If only cavemen had had the Nespresso available, they would have found some damn cows to milk.
Happy (and healthy) Friday!