With these essential kitchen tools you don’t need to spend a fortune to eat healthy at home or on the go. Our must-have kitchen gadgets function multiple ways because we are all about saving precious counter space and we can’t deny the power of a good hack. Here is our list of products that are guaranteed to give your wallet, waistline and sanity a well deserved break.
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The Mickey Mouse Waffle Maker is the best gift we’ve ever been given (thanks Mom)! Not only can you make the most fun and delicious waffles but why stop there? You can create omelettes, grilled sandwiches and quick banana bread. It is the ultimate crowd-pleaser with parents and kids alike. Mickey is so distracting that the kiddos don’t even notice all the fruit or veggies we sneak in. WIN-WIN!
2. Our Mom Hack – The Travel Formula Dispenser This is a mom-hack at its finest! Convert this formula dispenser into an on-the-go supplement holder. The container is designed to hold a powered product so it’s the perfect size for pre-workout or protein powder. It’s durable, leak-proof and small, making it easy to take it with you on the run.
Cheap. Smart. Simple.
We own this bargain food processor and it’s just as amazing as any of its high end competitors. Hummus, almond flour, dressings – now you have the power make anything in the kitchen. I also love making thick soups and this will give you the perfect texture. This is a Mama’s secret weapon to a quick, efficient meal prep. I also happen to be a big baby who can’t chop onions without ruining my mascara. No more tears.
You can check out how we use our food processor to whip up a quick batch of muffins with our oatmeal blueberry muffin recipe.
There isn’t a product I love more. If you’ve been to our blog then you’ve seen this beauty cook up some magic. Life is busy and there isn’t always enough hours in a day. Spend 5-10 minutes in the morning and walk away. Flavorful and nutritious meals really can be that easy and delicious. Some incredible features this slow cooker has mastered are it’s one of a kind temperature control (it’s the only slow cooker that always stays below 200 degrees) and it automatically switches over to its “keep warm” mode so you always have perfectly juicy food that is never overcooked (no matter what time you walk through the door. Prepare to cut your take-out costs in half and say your final goodbye to dry chicken. You won’t miss them.
Coffee, smoothies, protein shakes, water. It’s obvious we need a travel cup and it turns out we are picky and need it to function multiple ways. The bottle needs to be big BUT with a base can fit into our car drink holder AND handle high heat OR keep things cold PLUS we need to be able to use only 1 hand to open/close the lid WITHOUT leaking. Think we are asking too much? Well let’s add BPA free, stainless steel and easy to clean. It took me awhile but I FOUND IT! I want to kiss (sorry husband) who ever at Thermos created this. You will never find a better or more multi-functional bottle that’s quality every time.
6. Create Custom Popsicles And Freeze Them In 7 Minutes
The Zoku Quick Pop Maker provides you with a fun, all natural and child-approved treat in under 7 minutes. With easy, individual molds and sticks that are BPA free and dishwasher safe, it’s easy to see why it’s also mother approved. It’s a fun way to spend time together at home but also memorable at BBQ’s, weddings and parties. Our favourite recipe is simple and delicious.
You don’t even need a blender: Layer 3% Vanilla Greek Yogurt + Orange Juice. Repeat until full. We eat them for breakfast around here when we’re in a rush. What can I say, I’m not a normal Mom, I’m a cool Mom.
Never peel garlic again! With this tool, all you do is insert a clove of unpeeled garlic and squeeze. Grab a knife, throw out the remaining peel and repeat. It’s that efficient and your hands will never reek of garlic again. Game changer! My husband almost killed me when I spent $25 on this YEARS ago (that was expensive). After he tried it, he admitted it was worth every penny. I still have mine, my Mom still has hers from 15+ years ago and my sisters own this exact one as well. We love it. All of ours are well-loved and just as good as the first time we used them.
8. The Buzz-Worthy Zoodle Spiralizer
The brilliant way to have guilt free pasta. Make anything from a chicken pesto to our favourite savoury chicken curry zoodle soup. Zoodles are the carb free way to have a delicious noodle dinner that doesn’t compromise the shape and texture of a real pasta. They take less than 5 minutes to be sautéed and ready to eat. Small waistline + delicious “pasta” dinner + takes under 10 minutes = fit mom’s dream food.
Use your spiralizer to make our healthy chicken curry zoodle soup recipe. You won’t miss noodles, we promise!
Sounds fancy and complicated. I promise you it’s the opposite. I will warn you now: this has ruined me for Keurig coffee (the taste is worlds different). I’m okay since this saves us way more money.
We went from spending $50 in Keurig pods to our favourite $12 tin per month. That’s $456 savings per year to drink better coffee!
Take the lid off, scoop your ground coffee into the jug and fill with boiling water. Wait 2 minutes, push down and bam – the perfect cup. I’m not sure if I love the caffeine kick or the savings more.
(If you live near an IKEA they also sell glass versions for $10)
What are the products you can’t live without? Let me know in the comments below or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org! I love to hear from you!