Friday Favorites – Time-Saving Kitchen Gadgets For Healthy Cooking

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Need some healthy gadgets to save time when you’re cooking?  Here are a few of my favorites that I use often in my kitchen!

Garlic Press

Whoever invented this is my hero.  I’m a rookie when it comes to knife skills so it used to take me forever when a recipe called for finely chopped garlic.  I use garlic at least a few times a week and now I just put the garlic cloves into the press, squeeze it, and it comes out perfectly ready for cooking or using to make pesto.  I got my garlic press from The Pampered Chef, but you can also find them on Amazon.

Vegetable Spiralizer

If you’ve ever heard of zoodles (zucchini noodles), a spiralizer is the gadget you use to make them.  We like to use zoodles for a lower carb and more nutrient-dense option instead of traditional pasta noodles.  One time we only had cucumbers and no zucchini and my husband made what we called “coodles” which actually turned out to be quite good with a little added crunch!

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This is definitely one of our most used wedding gifts!  We use it to make smoothies, guacamole, pesto, and even salsa.  I like how quickly and easily you can blend almost anything and the simplicity of clean up.  With the Nutribullet, we don’t even need to own a traditional blender which is a nice space saver as well.


This is perfect for making evenly sliced things like cucumbers, carrots, peppers, kiwi, and even apples and potatoes.  A huge time saver to help with salads and prepping fruit and veggies.  Word of warning, be sure to pay attention to the safety guide to avoid slicing off any parts of your fingers!

Rice Cooker

Another staple in our house, this gem gets used at least once a week.  We have a very simple model – just one button.  Just put the rice in, cover it with water (I like to use bone broth instead for more protein and flavor) and push the button down.  In about 30 minutes, you have perfectly cooked rice!


I use my steamer a lot for things like broccoli, asparagus and green beans when I want to have a lighter meal without needing to use oil for cooking vegetables.  There are so many different styles to choose from, but I like this one since it is adjustable and can fit in most pans.  A steamer is a good way to retain the nutrients in your meal that you would lose by boiling or microwaving.

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  1. All of these are terrific and they don’t take up much room at all…the spiralizer is a favorite of mine….while I love pasta, I also enjoy Zucchini noodles as well…and I scute them with garlic instead of boiling them, as they have a tendency to cook up wet as it is…great list, especially as we get closer to the holidays – all great gifts!

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  2. My favourite kitchen gadgets;
    1) Time Saving – my Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser to make Hot Chocolate or heat and froth almond milk for coffee.
    2) Not really time saving but good for health – my sausage stuffer! Ok, so it’s quicker to just form patties by hand, but I like having sausages in skins and the pressure forcing them into skins melds the flavours well.
    3) My mini chopper – I’m still discovering all the things this beauty can do
    4) My crockpot – again not really a time saver but I use it all the time to do bone broth and it means I can pop it on and leave to cook for a couple of days without worrying about it or boiling a pan dry.

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  3. These are all great tools! In looking at these, I’m realizing I’m a little old school in the kitchen. Lol! I would actually love the vegetable spiralizer. I’ve wanted to try zoodles so this would make it easier. Plus, I’ve wanted to try an air fryer too.


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