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7 Essential Kitchen Tools for Healthy Eating

New York Times bestselling author, Andie Mitchell reveals which quality CHEFS Catalog kitchen supplies and other tools will help you prepare delicious, healthy meals!

Preparation is essential for healthy living, especially in the kitchen. It’s as simple as this: Making good choices is easy, and pretty effortless, when we have healthy meals and snacks prepped and ready to eat. To make these meals, we need a few reliable kitchen tools! Here are a handful of healthy kitchen must-haves:

Good Knives

Up until this past winter, I couldn’t have told you why a sharp knife was crucial in the kitchen. I had been using the same dull chef’s knife for years. Then I got my hands on a set of sharp knives from Tuesday Morning’s CHEFS Catalog closeout, the ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Four Star 3-pc Essentials Starter Knife Set, and I was shocked at how easy it was to chop vegetablesfrom the hard, sturdy butternut squash to the softest of tomatoes. Chopping, slicing, and dicing was easier; my vegetables looked better (especially the herbs); and prepping food became so much more enjoyable.

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With a sharp knife, you can chop safely because there’s far less slipping, and you also preserve more of the integrity of the food. You’ll notice that a sharp blade slices cleanly through food rather than smashing through cell walls, damaging them, and often resulting in loss of moisture and faster wilting.

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Aluminum Baking Sheets

Heavy-duty baking sheets are essential for baking cookies, making granola, roasting veggies, and more. I recommend aluminum since dark-colored sheet pans make baked goods brown too quickly.

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Oil Mister

Oil misters not only allow you to use less oil overall, the fine misting is perfect for evenly coating food for baking or roasting: vegetables (especially oven fries!), breaded eggplant parm, buffalo chicken rolls, and more. With a mister like the Misto, you can use any oil you like and avoid all of the additives commonly found in popular cooking sprays.

Non-stick Frying Pans

I have a wide variety of pans in my kitchenfrom stainless steel to cast iron to non-stickand I use each type for different reasons. The stainless are my favorite for creating sauces (marinara or anything with wine), stir fries, and searing meats and vegetables. Cast iron is great for searing and browning, too, and it’s the perfect pan for creating a nice crisp crust on your food. I choose non-stick, though, for more delicate food, like fish or eggs, and I love that it allows me to use less oil/butter while also making cleanup a breeze.

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I love the ZWILLING Spirit Stainless Steel Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan in 8” and 10″. These pans have an aluminum core that conducts heat quickly and evenly and a PTFE- and PFOA-free ceramic non-stick coating. They’re also dishwasher safe and oven-safe up to 400˚F.

Glass Storage Containers with Lids

A little meal prep goes a long way, and a quality set of glass storage containers in various sizes makes it easy to cook ahead of time and pre-portion your food into quick grab-and-go meals and snacks. Having healthy food ready to grab-and-go helps you eliminate excuses and reduce mindless eating (ever tried to have 1 serving when you’re eating straight from the bag of chips?). I choose glass containers because they’re more durable, easier to clean, don’t retain flavors and smells, and can be heated without degrading or posing health risks from the BPA found in some plastics.

KitchenAid 5-quart Stand Mixer

This queen of a stand mixer from the CHEFS Catalog closeout event at Tuesday Morning just might be my favorite kitchen appliance. And baking isn’t the only thing it can be used for; there are 12 available attachments that allow you to spiralize veggies, grind meat, make pasta, ice cream, and more. But even without the attachments, I use my mixer to make a bunch of healthy food.

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Use it to shred chicken! Skip the fork-shredding method and use the paddle attachment to do the job on poached or slow cooked chicken breast. To cook the chicken: toss boneless, skinless chicken breasts into your slow cooker along with ½ to 1 cup of chicken broth and cook on low for 6 to 8 hours, until the chicken falls apart when pierced with a fork. Use the shredded chicken in salads, sandwiches, enchiladas, or even stir-fries.

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I also make whole wheat pizza dough, 100-Calorie Chocolate Cupcakes, and Light Banana Cupcakes.

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Blender

A powerful blender can be used to make pestos and sauces, puree soups, and blend up smoothies. I’ve gotten in the habit of chopping fruits and veggies, portioning them into resealable plastic bags, and freezing for quick healthy smoothies.

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Featured Products: ZWILLING J.A. Henckels Four Star 3-pc Essentials Starter Knife Set $175 (compare at $265), ZWILLING Spirit Stainless Steel Ceramic Nonstick Fry Pan in 8” and 10″ $90 (compare at $165), KitchenAid 5-quart Stand Mixer $199 (compare at $429.99)

 

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7 Comments

  1. Reply Anne H.

    Hey Andie, loving your cookbook and combined followers website! I agree with all the above but my favorite is the Kitchen Aid Mixer!!! OMG! Makes baking cookies a breeze along with any other desserts just for starters. I’ve had my 4.5 quart for probably 20 years. It sits on my bar counter in the kitchen so I have it out and ready to use SO I will use it. LOVE it!!!! Wish I had a 5 quart one but I’m sticking to my “oldie”
    Knives are way up there too followed by the other 5. Hugs to you and Daniel and enjoy the weekend. Anne F.

  2. Reply Anne H.Anne H.

    Another couple of things. Love Tuesday Morning. Is there a way to let us know she you will be on tv about your new cookbook or have I missed it?

  3. Reply Jude

    I read your book last weekend and you totally inspire me. I am a struggling Weight Watcher ☺️ But wait, are you once again back with Daniel? Is that an engagement ring I see? Wishing you all the best. I plan to buy your cookbook! Stay happy and healthy…

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  5. Reply Juliette

    I can’t believe the Cuisinart didn’t make the cut! I LOVE mine for grating cheese, chopping a ton of onions (to use now and freeze for later) as well as for doughs. I like my KitchenAid mixer, but LOVE my Cuisinart.

  6. Reply PlatinumBodyPerformance

    A blender is an essential appliance in every household. When you have it, you don’t need anymore to buy any juices full with sugar.

  7. Reply Carmela Gonzalez

    I love Tuesday morning and I love all the products from kitchen aid!