Category: kitchen

3 Must-Have Gadgets you Need in your Kitchen

It’s no secret that I don’t love cooking — but that I LOVE to eat. I’m not one of those people who is happy to spend hours in the kitchen, but I AM one of those folks who will slap a meal together if it’s convenient… and I’ve discovered 3 items that I believe you NEED if you want to elevate your kitchen game!

Spoon Buddy

1. The Spoon Buddy. This is one of those things you didn’t realize you needed until you saw it, and thought, “GENIUS!” It prevents your stirring spoon from falling into your pot. Do you know how many napkins I’ve wasted by putting them on my stove so my stirring spoon would not dirty up my stove top? This is a great invention! It even has suction on the bottom, so it won’t slip off.

2. The Instant Pot. I purchased this pressure cooker after reading tons of Facebook comments about how much people loved theirs. I caved in and got one, but it sat on my counter for a few weeks before I finally mustered the courage to try it. Now that I’ve figured it out, it has saved me tons of time! I most recently made my mom’s Filipino “arroz caldo” with it, after she did a YouTube live video with me teaching me how to make it. I will confess that my Instant Pot version did not taste as good as my mom’s does. It must be the love she puts in it. 😉 Seriously, though, do yourself a favor and get an Instant Pot.

Instant Pot3. Debbie Meyer’s Green Boxes. They will save your produce and make the fresh items last SO much longer, at least twice as long! I let my neighbor Michelle have one of the boxes to try it for herself, and she came back to my house raving about how much longer her cilantro lasted. It’s saved me probably hundreds of dollars over the years by helping fresh fruits and veggies stay good for significantly longer.

Do you have any must-have kitchen items to recommend? Comment below and let me know!

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Mason jar salads: healthful meal prepping, quick and easy!

I’m obsessed with easy-to-make, healthful mason jar salads! It’s the best way to keep your greens from getting soggy with dressing on them, since the dressing stays on the bottom.

These salads will stay fresh in your fridge for up to a week, although I recommend consuming them more quickly if you do choose to make them with a soft cheese, like I did in this video.

When you make a mason jar salad, here are some guidelines:

Step #1. Put dressing on the bottom
Step #2. Add hard veggies and fruit (I used zucchini and baby beets, but other good ones are carrots, peppers, onions and celery)
Step #3. Add beans and legumes, you could also throw in grains/quinoa
Step #4. Add soft veggies and fruit such as avocado, tomato, mushroom
Step #5. Stuff your greens on top! Pack it in there!
Step #6. Top with nuts and seeds, and sometimes I throw in some bacon bits and/or green onions

When you’re ready to eat your salad, if you have a runny-type dressing like the first salad I made in the video, you can just shake it up then dump it all on a plate. However, if you have a creamier dressing like the second salad I show here, then you may have to scrape the bottom out with your fork and spread the dressing around.

Have you ever tried making a mason jar salad? If so, what is your favorite recipe? Let me know in your comments below!

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