Sunday, May 21, 2017

Sassy's Kitchen Essentials

Greetings, friends! This week I'm sharing my favorite kitchen gadgets.

I love love love kitchen gadgets and appliances. I'm such a sucker for anything that promises to help make a kitchen task easier or faster. Or, just the latest craze. I thought it would be fun to share some of my favorites and what I use them for.
This post is not sponsored and I have not been compensated for my review or opinion.

Air Fryer

If you haven't heard me rave about the air fryer, you must not have had a conversation with me since I bought it on Black Friday. I. Love. My. Air. Fryer. Seriously. I got a killer deal on it and I haven't looked back since. From veggies, to frozen meats, it's been so much fun to experiment with.
 My favorite things to do in there are cabbage and brussel sprouts. Seriously, if you *think* you hate either of these, spray them with olive oil, throw some garlic in there, and air fry them up.
Mine is the Farberware brand from Walmart, but there are plenty of options out there. This is on the smaller end, but it works for just my husband and I.

Mini Grater
This mini hand held grater is so useful for grating vegetables, like zucchini and carrots,  to throw into different dishes to bulk them up. I usually grate zucchini in anytime I'm using ground turkey. Ground turkey, especially when it's super lean, tends to be dry. Adding some grated zucchini is a great way to You can see it's much smaller than a standard sized grater.

Crock Pot (2 sizes)
I have both a mini and a large sized crock pot. The mini one is a life savor when you have to bring a dish to something but don't have a ton of time to prepare one. Just throw a dip in the mini crock and go! I also love it for cooking shredded chicken breasts. I will often times put 3-4 in there overnight and let them cook so they're ready in the morning for whatever I'm using them for.
I use my larger one in the winter especially to make large batches of chili and soup. They're a huge time saver, especially when you find a recipe you can just throw a bunch of ingredients in and let it do it's thing.

Mini Ninja Need a salad dressing, sauce, or ground chicken? "Just throw it in the Ninja!" And, I mean it. I use it to make homemade pesto, dressings, and to grind up chicken breasts to make pizza crust from them. Seriously. If you haven't done this, you're missing out. Throw a chicken breast, some mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning in, and mix it up. Then roll it out like a pizza crust and cook it.

Immersion Blender

I don't use this one as much as some of the others, but when I need it, it certainly comes in handy. I have a recipe for a healthy broccoli cheese soup, and the broth is made from mashed cauliflower. Having this handheld blender makes having to pulse up the cauliflower super easy. This is CuisinArt Brand, and it works great. Try Target or Bed, Bath and Beyond if you're looking for one.

Kitchen Shears
I can't say enough about having a good pair of kitchen shears. I use these more than probably most things in my kitchen. I use it to trim the fat off of meat, and to cut up meat and vegetables or fresh herbs. They are a huge time saver!

Kitchen Scale
In order to accurately track my macros, a kitchen scale has been imperative. Some days, I'm better than others with weighing and tracking everything, but I really try hard to be as precise as I can be in order to hit my numbers every day. I am most concerned with protein- I always, always want to hit my protein goal, so I always measure my meats. I'm a bit more lax on things like green veggies, but I do still try to measure when I can so I know I'm in the ball park.
Also, unless you're ready for a hard reality check, never ever measure what an actual serving of peanut butter looks like. I'm forever changed knowing this.

Tabletop Zoodler
Tabletop Zoodler
I actually own two "zoodlers." I have a larger, tabletop one that I find is better suited for sweet potatoes, and a hand-held one that I typically use for zucchini. They are both the Vegetti Brand, and can be purchased most anywhere, Walmart, Target, Bed Bath and Beyond should all carry them.

If you haven't zoodled some sweet potatoes, you're really missing out. I roast them in the oven and they get super crispy. I love to eat them with some turkey sausage and a runny egg. YUM!

On my wish list:

InstaPot- #1 on my Kitchen Wish List!
I've been coveting one of these beauties for a few months now. I've seen some pretty awesome recipes floating around, plus I love the idea of how quickly it prepares things, including hard boiled eggs. I've also seen chicken go from frozen to cooked in minutes. Meal Prep Sunday would undoubtedly go by much quicker! Do you have one? Do you love it? Help me convince my husband I need another gadget!

I'm on the hunt for a nice knife set. I feel like the ones I have are never sharp enough. If you have any suggestions, leave them below!

Do you own any of these gadgets? Which is your favorite? Are there any other must-haves I've missed? Tell me below!

1 comment:

  1. Ceramic knives are always sharp enough! We have a few cuisinart brand and always choose them over the fancy knife block knives.