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:
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 vegetables—from 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.
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.
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.
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 kitchen—from stainless steel to cast iron to non-stick—and 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.
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.
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.
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)