Favorite Kitchen Essentials

Ignore the big 80s power suit….how about a salt and pepper grinder!

 

Welcome to the 20s my fellow foodies. As we enter the new decade, I can’t help but think about how far I’ve come in the kitchen in the past 30 years. Bridal showers have cetainly changed and so have the gifts! Who else remembers dressing up on a Saturday afternoon and opening beautifully wrapped gifts with elaborate ribbons? A lot more than my big 80s hair and power suits have changed. Amazingly, though, I still have a few of those handy items and I’ve certainly added my share of new and improved gadgets along the way. Here’s a few of what I think are must-haves in the kitchen.

I don’t think I have this EXACT pizza stone, but I do still have A pizza stone

The immersion blender. I use this handy tool at least once a week. It can puree a soup right in the pot so there’s no need to use a blender. Definitely a must have for my kitchen.

The Air Fryer. I have the Gourmia air fryer. It’s my second air fryer. I probably use this 4 times a week (maybe more). Air fryers have become so popular these days. They are a must have when you want to cook without oil and still get that crispy “fried” food. It’s a healthy way to enjoy so many foods.

My high speed mini blender, aka, The Nutri Ninja is probably my most used gadget in my kitchen. It’s small profile means it takes up little space and it is just as powerful as a blender. I use it to make dressings, like my peanut sauce. It’s also great at grinding up whole oats to make oat flour for baking. I can easily grind up nuts and nutritional yeast to make my own dairy free parmesan. I could go on, but I think you get it!

The Cuisinart Food Processor is another fantastic appliance for your kitchen. I have the 11- cup model, which is just the right size for me. I can’t say that I use it everyday, but my guess is that it’s used at least twice a week in my kitchen. My go-to recipes of Basil Pesto and No-Tuna Salad are made in no time with my handy Cuisinart.

Yep…I’ve still got that immersion blender circa 1990!

If you’ve got limited space and maybe you just want to start gradually, I recommend a waffle iron. I never had one until about a year ago, and I thought, “what took me so long?” The Cuisinart waffle iron that I have is not expensive, so you’re not making a huge investment. I use mine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Just take a look at my post for potato waffles or this one for falafel waffles. A few weeks ago, I experimented with a sweet potato/yukon gold mashup waffle. Stay tuned for that recipe soon!

Waffles aren’t just for breakfast!
You can’t go wrong with any of these on your shelf

I can’t finish this post without adding my favorite cookbooks. The Engine 2 Diet Cookbook is still at the top of my list. If you’ve already got that one, then I suggest adding the following: Oh She Glows, The Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook and The Prevent and Heart Disease Cookbook. I know that last one doesn’t sound very sexy, but it is full of east to follow and very delicious recipes.

Thanks for taking some time today to read about a few more of my favorite things. Maybe you can add to your collection or leave me a comment and tell me what you think I should add to my kitchen. I’d love to hear from you!

See you in the kitchen soon,

Heidi

 

Hmmmm, I wonder what’s inside this beautiful gift???

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My go-to Cookbooks

I say you can never have too many cookbooks. My fascination with cookbooks began many years ago when I discovered Ina Garten, The Barefoot Contessa. I have to credit Ina  for helping me pretty much learn how to cook. It all started with her very first cookbook,   The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook. From that point on, I was hooked. I continued to collect her cookbooks: Barefoot Contessa at home, Barefoot Contessa Family Style and Barefoot Contessa Parties. She has many more books, but these are my favorites. Even as a whole food, plant based cook, I am still able to reference many of her recipes and “veganize” them with my own modifications. And Ina, if you’re reading this, I’d love to collaborate so we can say “The Barefoot Contessa goes Plant Based.”  How easy is that?

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As my plant based journey evolved, I knew that I had to expand my cookbook collection to include books that reflected what I eat on a daily basis. There are hundreds of cookbooks that I could fill my shelves with, but I have narrowed down my all time faves to just 5 books. I think that’s a pretty fair number. I’m listing these in order of acqusition.

 

  1. The Kind Diet, by Alicia Silverstone. This was my very first book years before I ever went plant based. Silverstone is a strong advocate for a vegan lifestyle and this book has lovely photos and recipes for all levels of cooks.
  2. Oh She Glows, by Angela Liddon. A fantastic started vegan cookbook. Liddon began as a food blogger and I have used this book again and again. You will not be disappointed with her recipes!
  3. The Engine 2 Diet Cookbook, by Rip Esselstyn and Jane Esselstyn. Rip is the founder of the Engine 2 Diet. He’s a former firefighter and endurance athlete who has made Plant Based his mission. This book is essential for anyone who is embarking on a whole foods, plants based lifestyle.
  4. How Not To Die Cookbook, by Dr. Michael Greger. Dr. Greger maintains the popular website, nutritionfacts.org He is the energizer bunny of plant based living. This cookbook is a companion to his popular book, How Not To Die. He is the real deal, with profits from his books supporting his website which receives no funding from any advertising. He runs everything on donations and profit from book sales.
  5. The Prevent and Reverse Heart Disease Cookbook, by Jane and Ann Esselstyn. Fantastic resource with easy to follow recipes from this amazing mother-daughter duo. You’ll love their easy to follow recipes that are low fat, oil free and completely plant based.

Of course, there are so many more great books out there, but if you’re just starting out, these are the ones I would choose.

Stay tuned for my next post where I’ll clue you in on how I get my kitchen set up with my favorite gadgets. Having the right equipment sets you up for success and can make all the difference when you are changing the way you eat.

Let me know what your favorite cookbooks are. I’ve always got space on my shelf foor one more!

See you in the kitchen soon,

Heidi

 

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