It was so much fun sharing my favorite things with you a while back. It has been great talking with others about their favorite things as well, and someone mentioned that I should do a favorites list specific to the kitchen. Please know that while the products below contain affiliate links (meaning if you click and buy anything I receive a small percentage of the sale which goes towards the costs involved in running this blog), I have not been compensated by any companies owning these products. I just really love the things I’m sharing with you! Here’s what I’m loving lately:
Avocados. Despite their steep price I keep buying tons of them every week. They’re full of healthy fats and nutrients, plus they’re good in so many situations. I’ll smash them on toast for an easy lunch, mix them with lime juice and a little salt for a quick and easy guacamole, and tuck them inside a grilled cheese for an indulgent treat. My next cookbook crush is definitely Absolutely Avocados by Gaby Dalkin.
The Pampered Chef Garlic Press. I had a different kind of press before this one and it literally snapped in two once while I was trying to crush a clove. Not cool. This one, however, is working like gangbusters. While I’m not usually one for gadgety kitchen items, this one is indispensable. Its easy to clean and saves a ton of time. When I use it to make spinach and white beans I don’t even have to dirty a knife and cutting board and it hits the table in less than ten minutes.
Chobani Greek 0% Yogurt. I’m not kidding when I say Chobani is my favorite brand of Greek yogurt. It kind of surprises me that something so plain and simple can taste differently from different brands. I’ve tried the others and this is the one that I always need to have in my fridge. I just don’t feel right if I haven’t had a bowl of yogurt in my day. I much prefer the plain over the flavors because I like to control what I put in it. I usually add a spot of local honey to remove the “dry” taste, then add seasonal fruit. This blueberry pomegranate combo is an absolute favorite. I will also occasionally crumble in a cashew cookie larabar or chewy peanut butter bites. More often than not I add about a teaspoon of mini chocolate chips, which is a real good news/bad news situation. Its just so goooood. Almost without fail I always top it off with…
Udi’s Gluten Free Granola, Vanilla. I’m not gluten free, nor do I believe its something that you should “just try out.” I got started on this granola when I was taking part in the Foodie Pen Pal Program (also a favorite, I just haven’t had time lately). Someone sent it to me and it was amazing. It has the perfect amount of (almost no) sweetness and crunch, plus it smells amazingly of vanilla. I love it on my yogurt but I think its too loose (there aren’t really any clumps) for snacking or eating with milk.
Munchkin Snack Catchers. I’ve had these for a few years now and they’re the absolute best. I can give my kids all kinds of snacks without them spilling out all over the place. The kids are able to reach their hand inside the cup but if they turn it upside down it can’t spill out. Genius.
My Microplane. I use this exclusively for zesting. I think I tried five different graters before landing on this one. They would either grate too finely or make giant zest strings, neither of which were ideal for me. This one creates the perfect zest and isn’t too hard to clean. I couldn’t live without it.
Pinterest. This isn’t solely a kitchen thing, but I love it for saving recipes around the web and bookmarking them for when I actually want to make them. I don’t ever pin a recipe I don’t actually think I’ll make. That way I know that when I scroll through my boards I will feel inspired and find what I’m looking for easily.
My KitchenAid Food Processor. This appliance does so much for me you’d think I was paying it an hourly wage. I would never consider grating a block of cheese by hand with this thing around. I kneads my pizza dough, shreds my carrots, and has a mini cup for small jobs. It is seriously awesome and I wish I had two just so I wouldn’t have to wash the bowl.
Grocery iQ. This is the app I use for my grocery list on my phone. I’ve tried a few others that didn’t quite fit my needs. This allows me to enter my list and organize it automatically by aisle. Not only that, but I can organize the aisles in the order they actually come in the store I go to. No more scrolling through the list to see if I forgot anything. Everything comes up in the exact order I come across it in real life.
Well, those are the major majors right now. What are your kitchen favorites? Let me know in the comments!