Time-saving kitchen gadgets and ways to use them
by Shelley Langenhorst
There’s more to kitchen prep than cutting boards and can openers. Check out these three time saving kitchen gadgets and how to use them.
Sure, everyone knows that you can use a blender to make smoothies, but don’t count it out for other options. Make blended soups like Butternut Squash or Black Bean Soup. Use it to grind seeds like flax or chia.
Did you know you can also make your own nut milk with your blender? Combine 1 cup raw/unsalted almonds with 4 cups of water, a drop of vanilla extract and a few dates. Blend thoroughly and use as is or strain with a cheese cloth. “Milk” will keep in the refrigerator for a few days.
If you want to get more veggies into your diet, a tasty dip will surely help. Making your own hummus is simple and cost-efficient.
In a food processor, combine 1 can of chickpeas (drained, with some liquid reserved), 1 tbsp of the chickpea liquid, a spoonful of sesame tahini, a clove of garlic, juice of one lemon and a drizzle of olive oil. Serve with fresh crudité for a tasty appetizer or lunch option.
Food processors are also great for quick desserts. In the food processor, place 1 frozen, peeled banana with a splash of almond milk for a fast and dairy-free alternative to ice cream. Add-ins like peanut butter and cocoa powder can kick up the flavor and fun.
Short on time in the morning? Don’t let that derail you from a wholesome and comforting breakfast. Crockpot oats are a delicious way to start the day and will have you excited to get out of bed on a cold morning. Check out this recipe for Classic Crockpot Apple Steel Cut Oats for more details.
Beans are great additions to your diet for their protein bunch and high fiber content. Buying beans in bulk is one of the easiest ways to save on your grocery bill.
Soak beans overnight and drain and rinse soaking liquid (this helps with digestion/gas issues associated with bean consumption). Place beans in a crockpot and cover with water. Add salt and cook on low for ten hours or until beans are preferred tenderness.