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Prepare Quick Meals With These Kitchen Essentials!

Updated on July 27, 2022
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All the information I share comes from my life experiences-things I've learnt on how to live a healthier life that has worked for me.

Nowadays, all of us walk into the kitchen, wanting to whip up something yummy, but at the same time, make something that does not take too much time.

When it comes to cooking, there are so many things involved. Chopping vegetables, using bowls, pots, pans, utensils, measuring cups, oils and many spices. We walk into the kitchen wanting to make one dish but at the end of it, looks like we were trying to prepare a feast. Not to mention the cutting and slicing of vegetables, like onions that make you cry or chopping chilies which can really burn if you by mistake touch your eye or face in the middle. The part I particularly do not like is cleaning up especially washing all the dishes and pans that were taken out to make one dish!

Over time I realized that having some essentials in your kitchen, can make your life so much easier. It removes all the above hassles and mainly saves you a lot of time to do other things.

1. Vegetable chopper

My mum introduced me to this life saver kitchen tool when I moved away for college.

  • It saves you time that you would otherwise be spending chopping vegetables
  • It saves you from having to deal with your eyes watering or burning
  • You can have your vegetables chopped at various sizes in a cleaner less messier way.

You are probably thinking how this will end up being another kitchen tool that will take up space. Believe me a vegetable chopper is an indispensable tool that will last you an exceptionally long time. My recommendation would be the Black and Decker Super Chopper that is small and handy as well as very reasonably priced. It is easy to use at different speeds, will not take up much space in your kitchen and is long lasting. You can look up different options based on the size and features that would suit your cooking.

2. Air Fryer

The Ninja Air Fryer or the Corsori Air Fryer are the ones I would recommend. Air Fryers work by circulating hot air around the food to produce a crunchy, crispy exterior.

  • It uses no oil thereby making it much healthier than foods that would usually be deep fried like fries etc.
  • Air fryers are also easy to use and clean. The Corsori Air Fryer literally has features with the food item on it like Steak, Poultry, French Fries and so on making it a one touch use. This totally takes the guess work of temperature and time away for different foods!
  • You do not have to keep an eye on it since it works with a timer. The Ninja Air Fryer for example has features such as Auto-iQ Programs like Air Fry, Max Crisp, Roast, Bake, Reheat and Dehydrate.
  • It does not take up much space in your kitchen depending on the size you choose.

Whenever you feel lazy and just want to cook something easy or if the kids are bugging you for a quick meal, all you need is to place whichever vegetable or meat you choose into the Air Fryer and there you go - a quick snack/meal is ready in just minutes!

Though many people recommend the Philips XL Air Fryer, the Ninja Air Fryer or the Corsori is fairly good as well. The biggest advantage over the Philips is, it will not be so heavy on your pocket.

To get you started, check out one of my favorite videos of some awesome recipes you can make using an air fryer. All these recipes can be done within just under 15 minutes:

3. Instant Pot

The brilliance of an Instant Pot is that it is a multi-cooker. Instead of having so many pots and pans at home, this in turn is just one cooker that can be a slow cooker, pressure cooker, steamer, yogurt maker and even a food warmer! Some of the new ones even come with an egg maker or cake maker.

  • You can make all those elaborate dishes you have wanted in less than an hour
  • It is easy to use and clean up
  • It is extremely safe to use
  • There are so many recipes you can try easily as you just put in all the ingredients and let the instant pot do the work
  • It is an all in one where you no longer need to take out different pots and pans for different dishes.

There are so many different ones to choose from nowadays, each with some different feature to it. The Instant Pot is a must have that will leave you wondering why you never got one earlier!

I would however highly recommend the Instant Pot Duo Crisp and Air Fryer which combines all the features of an Air Fryer and an Instant Pot. This combines the features of air fry, dehydrate, one touch cooking and so much more. It is also dishwasher safe and the inner pot is stainless steel both making it easier to clean as well. The Instant Pot Duo also saves you space since you'll be getting two kitchen essentials in one!

No longer does cooking have to be a tedious process and less enjoyable. Get your essentials and become a Master Chef at home!


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