Resources

Many food bloggers add a resource page to their sites to inform readers how they can  purchase items that are used in the  recipes.  Although everyone understands the nature of affiliate relationships, it still seems to have a negative connotation for some. Here is my deal: I spend a lot of time creating recipes that are helpful and hopefully delicious, for those who have specific diet requirements like I do.  I really enjoy the process, and in the course of working on food, I use products that, in some cases, took a long time to find, or are perfect for the recipe. When appropriate, I share this information for those who want to receive it, and if you purchase any product, I may receive a small referral fee. Don’t ever feel obligated to purchase anything, just use the resources if they help you.  I thank you for reading my blog, for trying my recipes, and for supporting my efforts. Here are some of the products I love and use.

TOOLS OF THE TRADE

Probably the most important tool in my kitchen is the blender.   For most of my blending, I use the Vitamix , the queen of all of the blenders.  It handles all challenges well, and if you can find a way to get one, do it.  There are so many great things about the Vitamix, too many to mention here.  As with all my purchases though, one thing that is important is the warranty, and it has a seven year warranty.  So you can blend ice and nuts and make delicious meals, and if your Vitamix fails you, the company stands behind it’s product.

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Vitamix 5300 Blender, Black

There are something however, that I don’t use the Vitamix for because I hate when the food gets stuck in the bottom and on the blade.  This happens occasionally when I am only blending a small portion or, when I am making certain salad dressings that have stick ingredients, like almond butter.  In that case, I use the Magic Bullet, which has a design that allows you to shake the cup and dislodge any stuck food or ingredients.  It is so perfect for salad dressings, but is dainty and delicate and can’t handle big items or hard textures.

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Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set

Finally, for chopping, dicing, shredding and slicing, I rely on my Cuisinart food processor.  As an added bonus, I found that it works extremely well for the nice cream,  with the meat blade.  It slices through the frozen bananas like a charm, and makes the most perfect nice cream.

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Cuisinart GFP-200A Giada De Laurentiis Stainless Steel Food Processor

When I am feeling creative, and want to spiral, ribbon or decorate with the vegetables, I use the Veggetti Spiralizer.   One of my favorite dishes is Basil Zoodles and I use this tool to make the zucchini noodles so that I am never disappointed.  They look beautiful and taste scrumptious.

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Veggetti Pro Table-Top Spiralizer

Buy pop makers for pudding pops here:

 

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Rednolia Popsicle Molds and Ice Pop Maker with Attached Lids [Set of 6] Multi-color

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I had been using the same knives for over 20 years– they were Ginsu knives that I bought from an infomercial on tv. Finally, with all the cutting, chopping, slicing and dicing that I do for my recipes, I wanted and needed some new knives. I found these bright, colorful and sharp knives, and love the fact that they have covers so that no one accidentally reaches into the drawer and gets sliced.

Kai Pure Komachi 2 6-Piece Knife Set 6 Stainless Steel Knives Colored Sheaths 743680

 

I love these little adorable strainers!  I am always using fruits and berries in my recipes, and these strainers are pre-measured, 1/4, 1/3 and 1/2 cup.  I  just toss my berries in, and rinse them in one step….time saver!

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Prepworks by Progressive Mini Colanders – Set of 3