Your kitchen is the first place to focus on if you’re looking to improve your health and lifestyle. You’ll find it’s easier to cook healthy and cook more often if you have the right resources. Aside from stocking your fridge and pantry with the proper food, these are the top 5 items you NEED in your kitchen to make your life easier. And even better, I’ve linked them all!
1. COOK BOOK
The easiest way to learn how to cook is to follow a cook book. The best part about a cook book is it normally includes pictures, you can have the recipe in front of you, and if you like the recipe, you can mark the page to find it next time. I keep 4 cook books in my kitchen and they serve different purposes. Here are my top 3:
This cook book is perfect for the average person trying to maintain a healthy, low carb, diet. The recipes are super simple and under 20 grams of carbs each. You can find italian, mexican, american, snacks, and desserts in this book. Lots of the recipes call for the same ingredients (hello, cauliflower!) so you won’t need to run to the grocery every time.
If you’re looking for a cook book with a wide-range of options, some healthy, some indulgent, and every genre of food, this is the cook book for you! This was the first cook book I ever owned and I still use it. It has great, easy dinners that you can serve to any friend or bring to any party. The recipes are straight forward, budget friendly, and call for regular pantry items.
This cook book is a classic. Not only is Chrissy hilarious, her recipes are devine. The pictures are entertaining and the food is even better. Do yourself a favor and make the spicy queso! The recipes include party favorites, chopped salads, asian noodles, John Legend’s famous wings, and sooo much more! I used this book for the friendsgving I hosted and made a few of her yummy snacks for a Super Bowl party.
If you don’t have a crock pot, what are you waiting for?! Any working individual needs a crock pot. I use mine at least once a week if I know I have a hectic evening after work. I’ve thrown chicken tenderloins (fresh or frozen), salsa, and corn inside before work, set it on low for 8 hours, and I’m done! The easiest dinner ever, and already warm and ready by the time I get home. A crock pot is also ideal for soups, taco meat, veggies, and any one-pan dish! The best part about my crock pot is that I can make multiple servings and have leftovers, without having to do any extra work.
Every person in their 20’s needs a nice set of Tupperware. If you’re trying to cut down on eating out or trying to save money, a nice set of Tupperware will make your life so much easier. I made a goal to bring my lunch to work at least 3 times a week. I realized I needed all different types of Tupperware to accommodate various meals so I didn’t have an excuse to not pack my leftovers. I found these on IKEA online and they have totally changed the game for me. I can bring salads, pasta, bowls, yogurt, anything! These are microwavable so you can heat up your lunch directly inside, and the compartments are removable in the case that you don’t want to microwave your toppings, dressing, cheese, lettuce, etc.
The simplest way to cut extra sugar and calories is to make your own dressings. Pinterest has sooo many easy dressings that you can keep on-hand and add to all your favorite dishes. Most of them call for lemon or lime juice and rather than buying the expensive, small container of juice, why not squeeze your own? This contraption makes juicing the fruits super easy, without the sticky fingers. It’s also super convenient if you wish to top your entire skillet or dish with the juice. Plus, it ensures you get the most out of it.
Every cook needs a nice set of knives. The days of struggling to slice a potato, cut an avocado, or chop vegetables are over! Trust me, a nice set of cutlery can cut (no pun-intended) your prep-time in half. I use my knife set and scissors every single night. The largest knife is great for peeling and slicing potatoes, chopping onions and cilantro,and cutting open spaghetti squash. I use the smaller ones for cutting meat and dicing smaller vegetables, like cucumbers, zucchini, and peppers. The exact set I have is linked below!
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