The gimmicky gadgets that are As Seen on TV often come with a promise that seems to good to be true. I don’t think I’ve ever bought one of those items or even been in one of the As Seen on TV stores, but I have been intrigued. For Christmas this year, I asked for one of these items and my mind has been BLOWN since I received it. The gimmicky gadget known as The Veggetti inspired me to tell you all about it and a few other things that have made my health journey a little easier. So, I won’t keep you waiting any longer, here are my favorite kitchen gadgets.
1) The Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer
During my pregnancy, all I craved was spaghetti which ultimately helped me gain over 50lbs. Had I purchased this little gem during those 9 months, I may have been able to save a few of those pounds….maybe? It has allowed this pasta lover to enjoy pasta dishes again. There are several versions of spiralizers, but this one is affordable and easy to store. It turns vegetables into noodles, so you can enjoy pasta dishes without the heavy, refined carbs. I’ve experimented with zucchini and sweet potatoes, but have my eye on making a cucumber noodle pasta soon!
2) George Foreman Grill
I remember when this “lean, mean, fat-reducing machine” came on the market in the 90s – it was all the rage! Now, a couple of decades later, the rage has died down, but the grill is still as awesome as it once was. It’s not only convenient by allowing the ability to quickly grill indoors, but provides the benefit of reducing the fat out of certain meats. The product is designed to heat the top and bottom surfaces of the food, eliminating the need to flip it. Each heating surface is grooved to reduce contact area, and covered in a non-stick coating. The lower heating surface is slanted to allow melted fat and other fluids to drain through the grooves into a separate drip tray, which shows the amount removed from the food. It’s now offered in individual sizes and larger sizes for multiple servings.
3) Steam Basket
Broccoli is one of the most common side dishes in our home. Shamefully, I must confess that it typically comes straight out of the freezer and into the microwave with a little lemon pepper shaken on top. I can only imagine how many precious nutrients are stripped away in the name of convenience. Recently, I pulled out my steam basket that I have had for years instead of my usual microwave technique and it was SO much better. The steam basket fits in almost any size sauce pan and preserves the nutrients and flavor of vegetables.
This was one of the many items that we randomly added to our wedding registry because it looked cool. After the first use, I was hooked. As a lifelong Pam user, I had come to terms with the fact that it is filled with unnecessary chemicals and that I needed to find another option. The Misto (and coconut oil) was that option. It is a reusable oil spray and mister bottle that gives you the convenience and health benefits of an aerosol sprayer in a more economical and environmentally-friendly form. I’ve only used it with olive oil, but it can be filled with any kind of oils, vinegar, and even salad dressings. The Misto produces an even, pure mist, so you use less oil when preparing foods. You’ll eat healthier and save money – a win all around!