Small kitchen appliances that help make meals easier

Small kitchen appliances that help make meals easier

By February, we MAYBE have a handle on some kitchen habits we can get on board with in the new year. January is for starting fresh, but it’s also for cozy meals, holiday recovery, back-to-school colds, and the existential dread of taking down Christmas decorations that absolutely must be met with a large plate of pasta.

In February, though, it’s ON. More cooking, more learning how to make the most of what we have, some dinners that feel exciting to make instead of boring.

One of the best tricks for meals that feel new is to use appliances you already have to make life easier. We aren’t talking about a 10 hour make your own pasta situation, that’s a different kind of self care.

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Here’s something to remember: If things feel easy you will do them more, hands down. So, dust off your blender and let’s get to it. Here are my favorite kitchen appliances and what I use them for.

Blender

Move over, New Year smoothie. It’s too cold for you. I prefer to use my blender for savory sauces, like the peanut sauce tofu on page 42. I make a double or even triple batch and use half for the tofu and the rest as a veggie dip or salad dressing for a week or two. It’s a sauce that really lasts, so make the most of your meal prep!

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