My Favorite Cooking Gadgets (and Pantry Items!)

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Over the last few years, I’ve had many clients, family members and friends ask me what cooking gadgets I recommend, and how I stock my pantry. I’ve finally compiled all of my favorites into one place and am so excited to share them with you! All of the pantry items below are gluten-free, and many are Paleo and AIP-friendly as well!

Priscilla’s Favorite Things

 

Cookware

 

All Clad 12 inch Stainless Steel Tri-Ply Bonded Dishwasher Safe Fry Pan with Lid – This is my go-to pan, and I use it daily. It is perfect for burgers, meatballs, hashes, and more.

All Clad 8-inch Skillet – This smaller skillet is also used daily in my house. I use it for eggs, heating up leftovers, making sauces, and more.

Le Creuset 5 qt. Dutch Oven – My #1 item for stews, soups, and any large cuts of meat. This is my go to for anything that doesn’t require sautéing.

Cuisinart 7 Qt. Dutch oven – To save some serious dough, opt for Cuisinart’s enamel coated cast iron pot instead of Le Creuset. I have both and will say that while Le Creuset is superior, the Cuisinart does the job pretty well for a fraction of the price.

Wusthof Classic 8-inch Chef Knife – This is my all purpose knife. I highly recommend the “Classic” knife over the “gourmet” line because the classic is a single piece of forged steel, while the gourmet is a stamped blade and basically a blade piece attached to a handle piece. This knife is extremely durable, and lasts the test of time.

Wusthof Classic 6-inch Boning Knife – This is the perfect knife for cutting meat, especially meat off the bone, and filleting fish. Break down whole chickens in a flash, skin fish quickly, and more. Again, I recommend the linked “Classic” knife over the gourmet or other types.

Cutco Peeler – You will ask me, “Why would I spent over $30 on a peeler?” but I promise you that this is the best peeler you will ever own. Sharp blade, easy to grip, and lasts FOREVER (I’ve had mine for over 10 years!)

OXO Salad Spinner – A must in my kitchen. Easily wash and dry any type of greens, which is especially important if you get fresh and slightly sandy greens from the farmers market.

Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen with Blender, Food Processor, Spiralizer & Smoothie Maker

This is my new favorite gadget. It’s a high speed blender, food processor, and spiralizer all in one. For under $300, you have the majority of the appliances you’ll ever need in one compact system. There are a number of pieces, but it saves me a lot of time and space to just have one base for everything. It’s a huge space saver compared to having a separate spiralizer, food processor and blender! As an added bonus, the Ninja spiralizes vegetables into an enclosed container, so you no longer have shreds of vegetables everywhere.

Nutribullet High Speed Blender – If you don’t need all of the equipment above, the Nutribullet would one of my top recommended appliances. With this blender, I whip up salad dressings, frothy dairy-free lattes, homemade coconut and nut milks, grind my own flours, and more.

VitaClay Slow Cooker – I’ve gone back and forth over the years whether or not slow cookers are safe, and more recently, whether or not instant pots are truly non-reactive and safe. The VitaClay is a cross between a slow cooker and an instantpot and supposedly completely inert, with no heavy metals. Soups, stews, and cuts of meat tend to cook faster in it, and you can have an entire stew done in 2 hours, compared to 8 hours in a slow cooker. There’s no waiting time to come up to pressure or release pressure like with the Instant Pot. The VitaClay also has rice, yogurt, and soup settings. We love this so much that we actually take it on vacation with us.

Nesco Food Saver – As someone who buys in bulk and buys seasonally, sometimes I need to package items for the freezer. This is one of the best deals for a food saver, in my opinion. I recently vacuum sealed a large portion of striped bass my husband caught and everything is freshly sealed in the freezer with no freezer burn!

GreenLife Ceramic Non-Stick Cookie Sheet – I currently use Granite Ware ceramic coated pans but can’t seem to find them anymore. These are similar and would be my next best choice. I like the ceramic coated because they are supposed to be inert. I no longer need to use parchment on these pans, and I’m not concerned about aluminum or heavy metals.

Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Brewer/Carafe – This coffee pot is a game changer for me. I love pour over coffee (and do have a favorite pour over – linked below), but it’s time consuming and you have to consume the coffee immediately so it doesn’t get cold. This brewer is essentially an automated pour over. All you have to do is add the filter, ground coffee, and water, and then press the button. The brewer heats the water and brews the coffee perfectly every time! I have the stainless version, but think the glass carafe would be easier to clean.

Osaka Pour Over Coffee Brewer – This is an excellent and simple pour over. It’s easy to clean and makes delicious, clean-tasting coffee. It also makes a great gift for any of your coffee-loving friends!

Ovente Glass Electric Kettle – I love using this to make tea or heat water for my pour over coffee!

Cuisinart 14-inch Stainless Steel Open Skillet – This is a BIG pan. Perfect for big stir-fries, burgers, meatballs, or chicken thighs! My only complaint with this pan is that it takes a long time to heat because it’s so much larger than my stovetop burners. It also doesn’t always heat evenly due to it’s diameter. I still love it and use it often though because this huge pan is under $40!

Danby 7.2 Cubic Foot Chest Freezer – If you’re like me and buy a lot of your meat in bulk, a chest freezer is a necessity. Our chest freezer is currently holding a quarter cow from a local farmer who raises 100% grass-fed beef, many packages of organic chicken thighs, bags of frozen strawberries we picked in the Spring, big bags of organic broccoli and cauliflower rice from Costco, and more. We have a GE chest freezer from a number of years ago, so this Danby is the closest in terms of size and price.

Zojirushi Stainless Steel Travel Mug – I don’t think you understand just How hot this tumbler keeps drinks. It is so incredibly insulated that drinks are still steaming hot MANY hours later. This is a great option if you have long work days or travel a lot. This Zojirushi also has an airtight seal and a lock on it, so it won’t spill even if it falls, lays sideways on your car seat, or moves around in your bag. They come in 12 and 16 oz. sizes!

Le Creuset 27 inch French Press – This is a GREAT little french press. I take it on vacation with me frequently. It’s made of stoneware (not glass like most french presses), so I can carefully pack it in a bag and not worry about it breaking. Also, I know you’re thinking, “Does Priscilla really have a coffee pot, pour over AND a french press?” Yes. The answer is yes #crazycoffeepeople

 

Pantry

 

Date Lady Date Syrup – Perfect sweetener, and gluten-free! *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Date Lady Dates – Delicious gluten-free dates! *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

4th and Heart Pastured Ghee – The creamiest, most delicious ghee you will ever eat! And Amazon has it for the best price I’ve seen (trust me – I’ve been to ALL of the grocery stores) *Paleo-Friendly

Cassava Flour – If you can tolerate cassava flour, it’s one of the closest flours to sub 1:1 for wheat flour. Otto’s is my favorite brand. *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Dandelion Root Tea – I love Traditional Medicinals teas! This dandelion tea is great for your liver and gallbladder. If you brew it really strong, it can be a decent herbal substitute for coffee. *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Ginger Tea – Another favorite from Traditional Medicinals. Ginger tea is great for digestion! *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Vanilla Powder – This is my FAVORITE vanilla product. It’s perfect to add to desserts and drinks. It is alcohol free and just raw, ground vanilla beans. The flavor is more mild than a vanilla extract, but provides a great smoky vanilla flavor that I’m sure you will love! *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-reintro

Blue Diamond Almond Flour – This is the best almond flour I’ve used thus far. It’s perfect for Against All Grain’s chocolate chip cookies, breading chicken and fish, and more. *Paleo-Friendly

Bob’s Red Mill 1-1 Gluten-Free Baking Flour – I love this flour. It’s gluten-free and so easy to use and substitute in recipes that call for wheat! I linked to pack of these flours that work out to around $3.50/lb which is a great price for gluten-free flour!

Arrowhead Mills Organic Gluten-Free Flour – My second favorite gluten-free flour. I like that this flour is organic!

Let’s Do Organic Creamed Coconut – This is my secret weapon. Gone are the days of feeling frustrated when you don’t get thick coconut cream at the top of your can of coconut milk. Say goodbye to opening up cans of coconut milk and finding them watery. I warm up this coconut cream, blend it with water, and then strain it. You can add as much or as little water as you’d like, depending on the recipe. The blending keeps the coconut milk uniform, even when refrigerated. *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Organic Arrowroot Flour *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Big Tree Farms Organic Coconut Sugar *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Organic Ceylon Cinnamon – Yes, I know it’s an entire pound, but this is a great quality cinnamon for the price! *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Organic Turmeric Root Powder – Also a one pound bag, but great quality and price! I use turmeric in soups, Indian recipes, coffee, and more. *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Dr Bronner’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil – My favorite coconut oil, especially because it comes in glass jars. *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

EPIC Maple Bacon Pork Rinds – I have to hide these from my husband on the regular. They are GOOD. *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

AIP SNACK BAG – Buy all of the best paleo and AIP friendly snacks for your friends (or yourself!) with one click. Includes 1 Jackson’s Honest – Sweet Potato Chip, 1 Artisan Tropic – Cassava Strip, 1 Pork Clouds – AIP Rosemary Pork Clouds, 1 Epic – AIP Maple Bacon Pork Cracklings, 1 Epic – AIP Epic Bar, 1 Wild Zora – AIP Meat and Veggie Bar, and 1 New Primal – AIP Chicken Rosemary Date Jerky *Paleo-Friendly, AIP-Friendly

Eating Well Wherever You Go with HowUdish

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As someone who likes to travel and also follows a gluten-free (and sometimes low-carb) diet, it can be difficult to find a restaurant nearby where I can get compliant meals. I split my time between North Carolina and New York these days, so I’m always on the lookout for restaurants that can accommodate me when I’m on the go. When I first learned about the HowUdish iPhone app, I was a little skeptical. I mean, Yelp and I are well acquainted… do I really need to add another app to my extremely full iPhone? Well, I am so glad that I checked out HowUdish and can honestly say it’s been more helpful to me than other apps I’ve tried.

After downloading HowUdish, you enter in the types of diets you are following: you have the options of “Balanced”, High Protein, Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, High Fiber, Low-Cal, Low-Carb, and Low-Fat. After you select up to three of these diets, HowUdish recognizes your location and begins to curate meals from surrounding restaurants that fit the diets you selected.

In Tinder-like fashion, you can begin swiping meals that appear on the screen that you like and may want to try. See a meal you like? Swipe to the right or select the little green check. You can swipe an unlimited amount of meals as you scroll through meals.

When visiting a new place, this swipe feature is excellent if you are trying to figure out where to go for dinner or a meal that day. Swiped meals only last 24 hours, so if you find a meal or restaurant that’s a winner, you have the option to “Save” the dish so that you can refer to it down the road.

If you see a meal you don’t like, simply swipe to the left or select the little red “X” and the dish won’t appear again.

As a bonus, the dishes on HowUdish also give restaurant information for each dish, including the name of the restaurant, location, hours, and phone number. This is extra helpful for me because I can call ahead to check with the restaurant to see if they’ll be able to accommodate me and my food sensitivities and allergies.

Keep in mind that this app is still in its early stages, so you may find a few recipes that either don’t fit your current way of eating, or you may not have a ton of dish options if you’re not in a city. As someone who is fairly sensitive to gluten and knows the food scene in my area, I know that a portion of the restaurants that come up with gluten-free dishes are Not gluten-free friendly, so it’s always good idea to check another source or simply call the restaurant to get more information. My hope is that these kinks would get ironed out as more people use the app.

All in all, I recommend you download HowUdish so you can start eating out without ruining progress on whatever diet or health journey you are on! You can download it from the App store here. Happy Eating!

*Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by HowUdish. I have been compensated for this post, but all opinions are my own. This compensation helps with expenses to keep this blog up and running! Thank you for all your support!

Products I Love: NutriBullet Blender & Recipes!

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Before I begin, let me just say that I always advocate eating meals instead of replacing them with smoothies or drinks. I personally find that sitting down to a meal and chewing leaves me much more satisfied than drinking all of those components from a glass. That being said, as a person who is often on the go, I would pick up one of these drinks over a protein bar or an [entire] bar of chocolate any day.

As much as I love vegetables, sometimes I have a hard time fitting them into my meals. I’ve been trying to batch cook all of my meals on one day for the entire week (I’ll be posting about this in the near future!), so having fresh veggies around is a little more difficult to come by. I wanted to find a way to make sure I was eating a variety of vegetables and be able to do it on the go.

Enter the NutriBullet. My brother-in-law suggested I buy one, and I finally took the plunge! The reason I love the NutriBullet is because it is not like a regular blender or a juicer. Regular blenders don’t chop contents of the smoothie very finely, leaving you with a clump of fruit/veg at the bottom of the blender or a very gritty drink (yuck). Juicers don’t allow you to add ingredients like nuts, milk, etc. to the mix. They also take out all of the fiber of the fruit and vegetables. The NutriBullet, on the other hand, is blends at a Super high-speed and pulverizes everything that you put into it to create one uniform drink.

A couple of times a week, I add vegetables and just a little fruit to my NutriBullet to make an amazing part of my breakfast or snack on the go. Unlike the recipes in the NutriBullet recipe book that comes with it, I hardly use any fruit in my drink. I find that eating a lot of fruit usually makes me hungry (especially in the morning), so I aim for healthy fats and proteins in the AM as much as possible. I also frequently add some avocado, coconut milk (this brand is my favorite) or some coconut oil. If I don’t add some type of fat to the drink, I usually enjoy a NutriBullet in the morning with some eggs or a bulletproof coffee.

I also really enjoy playing around with adding ingredients like ginger and turmeric roots to my smoothies. Both are anti-inflammatory and can help with stomach upset and bloating. I hardly notice they are in the drinks, so I try to add some whenever I can!

To make eating my veggies more fun, I’ve even been using less water in the blender these days when I make drinks so they have a thicker consistency. I put this drink (which almost has a slushie or soft-serve consistency) into a bowl and top it with nuts, coconut, fruit, etc. This smoothie/breakfast bowl is better than cereal and is really fun to eat!

Using the NutriBullet is easy as 1, 2, 3!

How to Use A NutriBullet

1. Add your ingredients to the large NutriBullet blender container. I put greens in first, and add frozen fruit and vegetables near the end. I add ingredients like powders and nuts/seeds last.
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2. At this point, add the desired amount of liquid. It will probably be between 2-4 inches high if you are measuring from the bottom of the blender. If you want it to be thicker, add less liquid, and make sure the liquid is cold. You could also put the blender container in the fridge or freezer for 10-15 minutes to get it nice and cold.
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3. Put on the blender cap, turn the blender over, and lock it into the blender base to get it spinning! I blend mine for 30-45 seconds.
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You’re all done! If you want to drink it as a smoothie, just put on the handy blender cap and take the drink with you. If you want to make it into a breakfast bowl (which I find myself doing a lot these days), pour the contents of the blender into a bowl, and add desired toppings. I often top mine with slivered almonds, coconut flakes, frozen fruit, cinnamon, and sunbutter.

RECIPES!!

I’ve included some of my favorite recipes below.

Before you start:
* Understand that these smoothies are Not very sweet. If you are used to smoothies that are sweet and have a lot of sugar, you may need to add some more fruit at first, and then decrease the amount you add in future drinks.
*I purposely did not add in the amount of water for each because you may choose to make the recipe into a liquid drink (use more liquid) or a smoothie/breakfast bowl (use less liquid). Feel free to play around with recipes and replace water with milk, coconut milk, nut milk, etc.

Berry-Beet Smoothie

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  • 1/2 cup beet
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/4 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 3 leaves kale
  • 2 Tbsp. sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp chia seeds (optional)
  • 1/2- 1 inch knob of ginger
  • liquid of choice

Red Super Smoothie

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  • 1/2 cup frozen broccoli
  • 1/2 cup steamed red chard
  • 1/4 cup beet
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/4 cup blueberry or strawberry
  • 1/2-1 inch knob of ginger
  • liquid of choice

Green Thing Smoothie

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  • 2 leaves lacinato kale
  • 1/2-3/4 cup steamed chard
  • 1/2 inch knob of turmeric
  • 1 tbsp. cocoa or cacao
  • 1/4 large avocado
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach
  • 1/4 cup blueberry
  • 1 tsp chia seeds
  • liquid of choice

Hidden Greens Chocolate Smoothie

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  • 3 leaves kale
  • 1/4 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup chard
  • 1/4 cup raspberries
  • 1/4 cup strawberries
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sunflower Seeds
  • 1/4 cup carrot
  • 1/2 inch knob ginger
  • liquid of choice

Do you have a high-speed blender like the NutriBullet? What do you make with it? Tell me all about your creations below!

Note: This post contains affiliate links. This means that if you purchase any products using the links in this article, I may receive a percentage of it. You pay the Same price, and you help me maintain my website! It’s a win-win. Also, this post was written out of my love for my NutriBullet blender. I have not been compensated in any way from the company, and all thoughts above are my own. Thank you in advance!