Kitchen gadgets that make meal prep a breeze
When it comes to making delicious, slimming recipes, you don’t need anything beyond the kitchen basics. But when it comes to prepping fresh produce for recipes and meals, having a few additional gadgets at the ready can make the process easier, efficient and more enjoyable.
Ahead, learn about three popular tools that you can use when prepping recipes from our healthy eating plan, called Food Optimizing. Plus, starting as low as $10, they won’t break the bank!
A mini chopper is a small, one-speed food processor that’s perfect for quickly chopping or dicing. Instead of manually chopping up tomatoes, onions, and jalapeños for a pico de gallo, throw them in the mini chopper and pulse a few times. The chopper can also finely dice single ingredients, which can be useful for meal prep. Process onions or celery in the chopper at the beginning of the week, then store in reusable containers in the fridge for up to 7-10 days until ready to cook.
Thanks to its uniquely shaped blades, a spiralizer will cut your fruits and veggies into noodle-like ribbons of various shapes and widths, perfect for adding color and texture to a variety of dishes. Include spiralized carrots or cucumbers for added crunch to salads, or go for a fruity crunch with spiralized apples and pears. Zucchini noodles are delicious raw or lightly sautéed in cooking spray* and added to your favorite pasta dish to amp up the veggie quotient. You can even spiralize potatoes and cook in cooking spray* for easy hash browns!
Spiralizers come in electric or manual varieties, and some have multiple blades, which yield ribbons of different sizes. Others have containers that hold your produce after it goes through the blade, cutting down on mess. Not sure if a spiralizer is for you? Consider starting with a manual one, which can cost under $10.
Use a mandoline to thinly slice fruits and veggies. Like the spiralizer, some mandolines come with multiple blades to give you options when creating slices, like matchsticks (which can be used for veggie sticks or Slimming World fries). Use it to slice fruits and veggies for salads and sides, or to thinly slice ingredients for layering in ratatouille and lasagnas. It’s perfect for evenly slicing potatoes for our mile-high Mexican potato nachos!
Look for mandolines with safety attachments to protect your fingers—these things are sharp!—plus other add-ons, like containers to catch your slices or a stand to make slicing simpler and safer.
*Please note up to 10 short sprays of any cooking spray are Free. After that, count ½ Syn for every additional 5 sprays used.