This holiday gift guide, for the cook who doesn’t love to cook, is especially useful for those with families who want to save money by cooking at home as well as for those who want to eat simple nutritious meals without spending hours in the kitchen!
This title could have been simpler, except it describes me exactly. I don’t LOVE to cook, but I do like to offer healthy, home cooked meals to my family, while saving money. Thus, I need to cook. Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way!
But even though I need to cook, that doesn’t mean I need to spend hours in the kitchen (as I often say). That’s why I came up with this gift guide with items that I use daily in my kitchen and some products I would love to have to make cooking simpler and less time consuming. Check out some of my favorites!
I love the versatility of this blending system. It’s not only powerful enough to be used as a food processor, but it also comes with 24 ounce containers that you can make smoothies in, add the top and take it on the go.
These pans are perfect for roasting vegetables like my go-to Roasted Broccoli and Oven Roasted Asparagus with Garlic Lemon & Asiago Cheese recipes and many one-pan meals like this One Pan Honey Chicken Thighs & Vegetables or One Pan Turkey Sausage & Vegetables recipe.
Slow cookers are one of the easiest appliances to make a variety of meals with. I typically only cook dinners with my slow cooker but you can easily cook breakfast, snacks and appetizers with them too! My favorite feature is when the timer is up, the slow cooker automatically changes over to the “warm” setting.
I have yet to purchase an Instant Pot but boy are they popular. I believe these are great for those who don’t have time to plan ahead with the slow cooker or for those who want more versatility in a kitchen appliance. This instant Pot states it can be used 7 different ways including: pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, steamer, sauté, yogurt marker and warmer.
This is my absolute favorite pan since I get the most use out of it. I use this pan anytime I want to sauté vegetables, make scrambled eggs, and especially for skillet meals like this One-Pot Mexican Beef Skillet with Quinoa recipe or One Skillet Sausage Vegetable and Bean Gnocchi recipe.
You can’t go wrong with a good knife set. I received this set from my parents a few years ago and it has been amazing. This is my first decent knife set (which includes its own sharpener), and it definitely makes a difference!
I typically use this hand blender (also known as an immersion blender) to make my mashed cauliflower, but of course it’s quite useful for several recipes.
As you can see I love kitchen gadgets that make cooking easier. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
This Holiday Gift Guide: For the Cook who doesn’t love to cook post first appeared on Chocolate Slopes.