The Kitchen of an On-The-Go Cook is never short of a few toys to have some foodie fun with.
While some may be absolutely essential, others can be to make life that little bit easier and help you prepare delicious, healthy meals super quick.
I am quite the collector as you will see from the list below but because I spend most of my free time in the kitchen, I find it pretty easy to get plenty of use out of them all.
The Hand Blender
The soup lovers best friend. The trusty hand blender is a must for anyone who loves fresh, homemade soup and even for the adventurous curry creator.
You can buy these guys pretty much anywhere that sells the basic kitchen appliances like the local supermarket or the likes of Argos and Harvey Norman.
They assemble easily and can be kept neatly in one of the kitchen drawers so that they’re always on hand.
Soup is a great way to add more vegetables in to your diet and it’s also a good meal prep dish as you can make a couple of litres of it and freeze it off.
I find homemade soup is also a really good way to use up any vegetables you have that are about to reach their Best Before Date so this way you won’t be throwing anything out.
You can pretty much add any vegetable to your soup pot and with the right seasoning it will always taste great, head over to my Recipes page for some inspiration!
The Salter Spiralizer ™
This is, without a doubt, one of the best gifts I have ever received! EVER! I am literally obsessed with my Spiralizer. Who knew such a simple contraption could make such a difference to my life.
Since being gifted with this by my very wise and wonderful mother, I use this bad boy religiously during the week for my evening meals. Since I have started using this, I have almost entirely ended my relationship with pasta, rice and noodles.
They now live in my cupboard for emergencies and hangovers and for my not-so-green eating dinner guests.
It’s fun to use, easy to clean and makes dinner a quick a painless experience while adding so much more vegetables to your diet. .
I dropped around 10 lbs in January and I firmly believe that was solely down to the Spiralizer.
At only €21.99 in Argos, I would highly recommend picking one up.
Check out my Recipes page for some great ideas on how to create some beautiful looking and great tasting Spiralizer dishes.
The Air Fryer
Again this is not an absolute must but I’ve certainly gotten great use out of this guy since it took up lodging on the kitchen counter.
When looking to make healthier choices with the food you really love and cannot live without, something like the air fryer is a great help.
I use this every time I make sweet potato fries and it’s also great for cooking regular fries, carrots, pumpkin or any other root veg you might bake in the oven usually.
The appeal of the air fryer is you only require 1 tablespoon of oil to cook with thus reducing the amount of fats you may use when cooking.
Our house has the Tefal model but there are plenty of different brands and models available from all regular stockists.
The Original Crockpot Slow Cooker ™
I bought this as a welcome home present to myself last Summer and it was honestly the best €40 I’ve ever spent. I am head over heels in love with my Crockpot and get a serious amount of entertainment cooking with it.
From a curry recipe I picked up in Nepal to a slow roasted Sunday – dinner chicken, I use the slow cooker for such a variety of meals.
The beauty of the slow cooker is that you can prepare your meal first thing in the morning or last thing at night and head off to work or get a full night sleep and your meal will be cooking away without you having to worry.
There are hundreds of recipes available online for the slow cooker and you’ll find all of mine throughout the recipes page.
It’s also great for meal prep as you can throw 10 chicken fillets in and head away for the day only to come back to seriously tender and perfectly cooked chicken to use during the week as part of your healthy diet.
I bought a 6.5 litre slow cooker which is probably too big when cooking for one but they are available in a number of different sizes and can be found at almost all electrical appliance stockists nationwide.
If you have the counter space and love to cook and experiment as much as me, it’s well worth the investment.
The Nutribullet ™
Another gift to myself when I came back home and again, money well spent.
The Nutribullet is a great addition to any healthy living kitchen and especially for those who are on the go.
You can throw any bits of fruit and veg you have lying around, add some ice, yoghurt, honey or whatever your preference and you have a delicious and filling smoothie ready to take with you wherever you’re going.
Check out my list of smoothie recipes for some great combination ideas!
I also use the Nutribullet for other creations such as my fresh pesto, hummus, milled nuts and seeds, bread crumbs and also for soups and curries and anything that needs processing.
It’s such a versatile appliance and is so easy to clean.
I can really say that my vegetable intake sky rocketed with using the Nutribullet with my energy levels and skin condition especially really improving.
I would absolutely recommend the Nutribullet to anyone looking to up their vegetable intake and decrease the amount of time spent preparing it in the kitchen.
Another Electric Appliance that is good to have is the everyday food processor which can save you lots of time in the kitchen for everyday tasks such as grating cheese, chopping onions, slicing vegetables and so on.
I don’t have one myself as I have a combination of other appliances to do these tasks forme but they’re are good to have if you have the space on the countertop and can be bought at all stockists.
The Mandolin Food Slicer
Although it’s not electric, the mandolin is a compact vegetable slicer that neatly chops and slices all your veg without creating any mess and saves the Cook lots of time during prep.
I find it super handy for the dreaded onion – no more tears and its done in seconds.
The Julien blade is also a great alternative to the spiralizer and I also find it most convenient for slicing courgettes quickly and evenly for my courgette lasagne (see Recipes for full method).
Not an essential but it’s certainly handy to have in the cupboard.
Again you’re looking at about €20.00 and if you like to prep and cook efficiently like me, it’s handy to have.
The George Foreman Lean Mean Fat Grilling Machine (TM)
I recently purchased one of these bad boys when they were on sale for an outrageous €26.99, down from €75.00! To put it simply, it does exactly what is says on the tin. A convenient countertop grill that cooks up to 4 portions and drains any excess fat from whatever it is you’re cooking. It’s great for meat such as turkey burgers, bacon or chicken fillets. It cooks them efficiently and healthily leaving little to be cleaned up after and food tasting great. The George Foreman can be bought in most electrical retailers and vary in price depending on what size grill you want to get your hands on. Two thumbs up for this electric essential.
Other Kitchen Essentials that I simply cannot cook without are listed below. These days, you can pick up these items pretty much anywhere; Ikea, Deals, Dunnes, Argos, anywhere! They are cost effective and will stand by you while you work to create healthy meals from fresh, whole foods from the comfort of your own kitchen.
Wooden Chopping Board
The World’s Sharpest Knife ™
Good Quality Frying Pan