All my culinary creations are easy to prep, and little to no fuss. I love cooking and experimenting, I hate cleaning up.
I don’t want to spend tons of dough (no pun intended) on ingredients or equipment. I like my dough in my pocket (not my tummy). Pun intended here. Paleo means grain and gluten-free (among other things), so keeping the dough (money) in my pocket and not eating it… get it? I crack myself up.
I have a regular 9-5 job so I am very into NOT spending hours cooking since I don’t have a lot of time for it. I wish I did have more time for it. A girl can dream…
My strategy has been to mix and match with some basics to create as much variety as possible with those basics. I also look to modify more complicated recipes I find that inspire me.
My three current favorite kitchen gadgets are:
1) Cuisinart food processor – I purchased this a few months ago and use it most days of the week. I HIGHLY recommend one of these. He is so fantastic I named him Cuisi. Yes I tend to personify and attach myself to inanimate objects. Here’s what Cuisi can do.
This picture is from my happy ending cookies.
Here’s another example, from my veggie fried rice recipe.
2) Paderno spiral veggie cutter – I use this EVERYDAY. Seriously. It’s so fun. I was a carb-a-phobe (kinda still am to be honest, working on that and paleo has changed my perspective significantly on this subject in a super healthy and happy way). I literally cannot remember the last time I ate pasta. Enter Padi (yes my paderno has a name too). Now I can eat it everyday. And I do! This handy gadget creates noodles out of veggies like squash, zucchini, carrots, and fruit too! You name it, and I can most likely make noodles out of it. I’ve been loving Granny Smith apple noodles mixed in with my veggie noodles. These noodles can be twirled around a fork, JUST LIKE PASTA. AWESOME.
This example is from my spicy cinnamon salmon with zucchini and apple noodles recipe.
And here’s another example, just a random shot, of yellow squash and Granny Smith apple noodles. Look how pasta like they are! After Padi had his way with the squash and apples, I nuked them for three minutes with butter, cinnamon, chili powder and crushed red pepper. Nom nom nom.
3) Oster blender – I don’t use this as often as the other two (therefore he doesn’t have a name yet), but a blender is DEFINITELY a must have. Recently I’ve used it for a couple of extremely important recipes. Paleo pancakes, and paleo chocolate frosting (for a paleo cake I made for a friend’s birthday).
Here is my pancake recipe
Stay tuned for the frosting and birthday cake recipes. I’ll post those soon!
This is interesting. All of my favorite gadgets are of the male orientation in my mind. I bet that has some Freudian meaning to it. I’ll have to research that later.
Now on to my ingredients. Here’s what I keep stocked in my fridge and freezer.
- Beef of some sort
- Oh, and wine
- Sigh, and sugar free gum
It’s safe to say that on most days, these foods and ingredients are somewhere in my kitchen. Of course there is some variety but these are my basics.
Where possible, and where my budget allows, I buy organic goods. I’ve been slowly (trying to speed it up though) making that transition. It’s an investment in myself and my health, I need to get there fully and commit to it. Change is not easy, I’m working on it!
Have I mentioned I’m easily entertained? I’m my own one woman show. Yep, I’ll be here all week.