Thursday Three: Kitchen Help | The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


You read the title of this post and thought personal chef, right? I wish.

No, I’m talking about the little kitchen gadgets and helpers that make this whole healthy eating thing easier. Personally, I’m kind of obsessed with gizmos and doo-dads and I am not allowed to watch infomercials or anything of the like. I kind of love the Slap Chop/ShamWow guy.  And? Not allowed to go into Bed Bath and Beyond to just ‘browse’. Last time I went in I came home with a dinosaur cupcake pan (completely worth it to hear my child ask for t-wex bupcakes).

But, I do truly believe there are little things you can employ to make healthier cooking a snap.

My three faves are:

1) Olive oil sprayer: I’m not a huge fan of cooking spray and all the propellants used to make the nice, even spray of whatever that crap is made out of…but the olive oil sprayer is all natural! All you do is fill it up halfway with olive oil (or lemon juice, or vinegar), pump it a few times, and you’re spraying to your heart’s content.  I use it for the obvious pan spraying, but I also love it for dressing salads.

2) Microplane Grater: Aside from the fact that I’ve lost ample amounts of knuckle skin (EW) to these graters, I still adore them.  I use them for fresh ginger, garlic, citrus zest and hard cheeses. All these things (even the cheese, in moderation) add a huge flavor punch for very few calories. By the way, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: buy FRESH GINGER! It is cheap! Throw whatever is leftover into a bag then into the freezer for later use.

3) Salad Spinner: I don’t know what this says about me, but the salad spinner we received as a wedding gift? Yeah, it was my favorite and I actually squealed with I opened it up. I clean and dry all my herbs and greens in my salad spinner. Other uses: you can use it to dry poultry, drain pasta and even hand wash your clothes. I’m not lying – look here!

Alrighty, now it’s your turn! What little devices have you found invaluable in the kitchen! Tell all in the comments or write a post on your own blog and link up!

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