Get the Skinny: Kitchen gadgets to make healthy eating even easier!
Cooking healthy can sometimes feel like more work in the kitchen, but there are many tools on the market made specifically to save us time & hassle. Here are 3 gadgets that can cut your prep and cleanup time in half!
Paderno World Cuisine Tri-Blade Plastic Spiral Vegetable Slicer – $29.99
I have clients who swear by this machine, making low-carb ‘pasta’ from zucchini & squash, spiral-cut cucumbers, radishes, carrots or apples for salads or snacking, & sweet potatoes or turnips for oven-baked curly fries.
Oxo 2-Cup Measuring Cup – $12 – www.oxo.com/p-1240-2-cup-adjustable-measuring-cup.aspx
This measuring cup takes the hassle out of measuring sticky ingredients like peanut butter, honey, and butter – it’s mess-free, and measures out the exact amount needed – nothing left to scrape out of a measuring cup.
The Magic Bullet – $50 – www.buythebullet.com/
Beyond smoothies or blended coffee drinks: The Magic Bullet is great for sauces, salad dressing, dips, hummus and pesto. The set comes with stay-fresh lids to store sauces and dressings in the fridge, shaker tops so that you can serve grated cheese or ground spices right from the Bullet, steamer tops to steam foods in the microwave, plus it’s small enough to leave out on the kitchen counter, and cleanup is a breeze.
RECIPE: LOW-CARB THAI PEANUT ‘PASTA’ (adapted fromwww.eatliverun.com). Serves 6
Add chicken or shrimp to make this a complete meal or leave as is for a tasty side dish.
2pound zucchini (about 4-6 zucchini), washed and spiraled through a vegetable cutter
2 T olive oil
Handful of snow peas, pepper slices or other vegetables
½ cup peanut butter
2 T rice vinegar
1/3 cup less sodium soy sauce
1/3 cup warm water
2 tsp seasame oil
2 tsp honey
½ tsp red pepper flakes
1 knob ginger, grated (about 2 T)
Minced fresh cilantro
Slice zucchini using vegetable spiral cutter. Heat oil in a large skillet over moderately high heat. Add zucchini and sauté, turning and stirring frequently, until just tender but not golden (about 5 minutes).
Combine all ingredients from peanut butter to cilantro in a Magic Bullet or food processor, adding warm water for a thinner sauce if desired. Toss zucchini pasta, sauce and all other ingredients together for a side dish or add chicken or shrimp to make a complete meal.
Nutrition Facts per Serving:
190 cals – 2.6 grams sat fat – 620 mg sodium – 13.5 grams carb – 3 grams fibe r- 10 grams protein