My Favorite Kitchen Appliances

Are your kitchen cupboards full of different cooking, mixing and storing gadgets? If so, you aren’t alone. Most kitchens are stocked full of random and most often times unused appliances.

I wanted to share with you my top 5 appliances that are very helpful and needed in the kitchen (beside the stove).

So, what are they?

1)    Food processor

2)    Blender

3)    Stand mixer/electric mixer

4)    Pressure cooker (think Instant Pot)

5)    A kettle.

These get me through my everyday life in the kitchen, and I couldn’t imagine my kitchen without them!

What are your staples in the kitchen?

Affordable, Healthy Foods To Keep in Your Kitchen At All Times

Healthy food often gets the reputation of being expensive and out of reach. When you waltz into Whole Foods and see cash registers flashing $300 totals, and they’re walking away with only two brown bags of groceries…, it can feel like it’s an impossibility to feed your whole family healthy foods reasonably.

So, how do you eat healthfully without a second mortgage for a grocery budget? You might be surprised to know that there are many affordable, healthy food options out there that are ideal for stocking your kitchen at all times to help you make healthy meals at home.

While prices will fluctuate depending on where you live, you’ll find these items for around $2, give or take, so there are no more excuses for not keeping healthy foods in your home.

Brown Rice
A versatile and healthy side, brown rice gives you those necessary whole grains you need. Replace white rice and processed carbs with it to round out your meals. You can even buy it on the bulk aisle and store it in an air-tight container to get more bang for your buck.

Frozen Veggies
Frozen veggies lock in the nutrients and are frozen at the peak of freshness, which means they can be as nutritious as fresh veggies. These are great for throwing together a quick side, making stews or soups, or even casseroles. They often go on sale, too, so stock up during that next sale.

Old-Fashioned Oats
Buy the store brand and save a ton on this healthy and filling breakfast staple. Take what you saved and splurge on organic, fresh berries to top your oatmeal breakfast with.

Fresh Bagged Leafy Greens
With all the outbreaks of E. coli surrounding Romaine lettuce, choosing bagged up leafy greens like spinach or kale is a better solution. Plus, they’re inexpensive and very healthy. You can make them into salads, blend them into smoothies, cook them with eggs, and so much more.

Fruits That Last
Some fruits last longer than others and are quite inexpensive to boot. While a small container of fresh, organic blueberries could run you $8 and last you a day or two — a 5lb bag of navel oranges can cost you $5 and last all week. Apples, oranges, pears, pineapple, and melons are all great options for these inexpensive, long-lasting fruits to keep around your kitchen.

If you keep these things around, when life throws you a curveball, you’ll still be able to eat nutritiously and deliciously!

Do you enjoy or dread cooking?

Cooking is therapeutic for some people, and a bit of a chore for others. And whether you enjoy it or not, sometimes there’s just seemingly no time to fit in a home-cooked meal into your busy schedule — don’t you agree?

A lot of the stress of cooking is the lack of preparation, which is actually encouraging because that is an easy fix! There are some tricks you can use to become more intentional with your time in the kitchen and even amp up the fun to enjoy it more.

You can use your kitchen time to listen to podcasts, books you’ve been meaning to read or crank up the music. When trying new recipes or having a little more fun kitchen in general, remember, perfection isn’t mandatory. There is a wiggle room with food, but if you take it seriously, it will always be stressful. Don’t expect to breeze through a complicated meal easily after a long workday or workout — keep it simple!