Top 5 Kitchen Tools for Cooking Healthy

by in Healthy Tips, February 6, 2009

These days, it seems like there is a kitchen gadget for just about everything — so which tools are must haves for making a healthy meal? Here are five I’d be lost without.

1) Microplane or Rasp
These hand-held graters are perfect for citrus, hard cheeses, garlic, ginger, nutmeg and chocolate. A small amount of any of these ingredients can add tremendous taste without a lot of calories. Citrus zest adds flavor, essential oils and specs of color –- add orange zest to a vinaigrette or lemon zest to cupcake frosting. Make a gremalata for roasted potatoes. Grate hard cheeses such as Parmesan or Romano over pasta or bruschetta. There is nothing like the smell of freshly grated nutmeg –- add it to creamy sauces and or baked fruit dishes. For a low calorie treat, sprinkle dark chocolate shavings in your coffee or hot chocolate.

Mini Chopper
2) Mini Chopper
I used to think I needed to chop everything by hand and only resorted to the clunky food processor for large jobs — then I discovered the mini chopper. It’s the perfect size for small ingredients such as garlic, ginger and fresh herbs. Some models even come with an adjustable blade for grinding spices. Chop up some cilantro, garlic, ginger, serrano chili and scallion, add to a bowl with some lime juice, honey and canola oil, and you have a healthy and flavorful marinade for chicken, fish or vegetables.

3) Lemon Reamer
Toby makes fun of me but I am a huge fan of the reamer! Get all the juice out of your winter citrus with this simple hand-held tool. A citrus press is also wonderful for this. Add vitamin C and bright citrus flavor to sweet and savory dishes. Liven up dips. Juice lemons, limes, grapefruit, blood oranges — whatever!

4) Measuring Tools
Measuring cups and spoons are a healthy cook’s must-haves. You don’t have to measure everything you eat, but take the time to measure high-calorie ingredients such as oils, nuts and cheeses. A good looking scale is gorgeous on any kitchen counter and will come in handy too.

Meat Thermometer
5) Meat Thermometer
It’s not always easy to tell if meat is cooked properly. The easiest solution? A meat thermometer, which also works well for poultry and fish too.

    Try your tools out with these recipes:

  • Carrot Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
  • Gremolata
  • Edamame Dip
  • TELL US: What are some of your favorite tools?

More posts from .

Similar Posts

Make Family Meals a Resolution This Year

Family meal doesn't have to be stressful! Try these tips and recipes!...

Comments (30)

  1. Sonia says:

    I’m also looking for a good thermometer, but I would like one that clips to the pot or fryer. I’ve also been looking for Paula Deen measuring items, the silver ones she uses on the show.

  2. mary ann says:

    i already tried the foodnetwork store and they didn’t have them. maybe i’ll look again

  3. Homepage says:

    … [Trackback]…

    […] Informations on that Topic: […]…

  4. work. everyone wants to know how to…

    get fame, and there’s never going to be a simple answer because there isn’t one. getting fame is extremely hard to do if you don’t understand the science of getting fame (like i do) and have a strategic plan to penetrate…

  5. and your goal in writing a resume…

    is to eliminate questions not create them.screening resumes is more of an art than a science. rather than looking for reasons to put your resume in the interview pile more often the opposite is true. first it’s skimmed. hard to read…

  6. how this is done. well it is…

    really quite simple all you have to do is contact the owners of popular blogs in your niche. for the niches i am involved in i have a long list of blogs that i can contact for guest posting. to look…

  7. passion, a blog has no way to…

    succeed. it will be dry and lackluster, and who wants to read that? most bloggers begin their blog because they needed a release for their passion. successful blogging hinges on that passion staying fresh in order to provide captivating and enriching…

  8. to become so successful in your niche….

    you’ll generally want to keep this a positive profile, while leaning towards the neutral side.interview someonefind someone who you are interested in and invite them in for an interview. you can even do your interview via e-mail. if they are intereste…

  9. Some recipes use ingredients you probably already have
    a home but you will probably have to buy ingredients for some of the fancier dishes.

    Soybean Oil is excessively consumed Cooking Oil.
    Choose such methods of cooking which can help you to retain color,
    flavor and all the essential nutrients.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>