Healthy Kitchen Essentials

kitchen tools for healthy eating

Welcome to my healthy kitchen essentials! Shop my recommended kitchenware below. You’ll find a note below each product that explains why I love it, as well as a link to buy the item at a reputable online retailer. These kitchen tools and equipment really do make cooking easier and more fun! Please note: The links are affiliate links. Thank you for supporting C+K!

Appliances

cuisinart 7 cup food processor

Cuisinart 7-Cup Food Processor
from Amazon
This small food processor makes pesto, grates carrots and mixes pizza dough. Top rack dishwasher safe.

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blendtec designer series blender

Blendtec Blender
from Amazon
My blender makes the creamiest soups. I love having two jars—the twister jar is great for peanut butter.

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cuisinart ice cream maker

Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker
from Amazon
This ice cream maker is the best! I’m glad I bought the 2 quart size rather than the smaller 1.5 quart.

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calphalon waffle maker

Calphalon Waffle Maker
from Amazon
Love the large surface on this non-stick Belgian waffle maker. I can cook a batch of waffles in two presses!

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bodum bistro coffee grinder

Bodum Burr Coffee Grinder
from Amazon
Freshly ground coffee makes all the difference! This grinder makes home-brewed coffee taste like a treat.

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calphalon grill

Calphalon Grill/Griddle
from Amazon
This handy machine provides a large cooking surface for cooking pancakes and transforms into a grill, too.

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kitchenaid 600 series mixer

KitchenAid 600 Series Mixer
from Amazon
My friends swear by their mixers and mine has hardly gotten any use! Surely that will change with time.

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Cookware

lodge cast iron skillet 12-inch

Lodge 12” Cast Iron Skillet
from Amazon
Cast iron pans are non-toxic and last forever. This large size is heavy but indispensable in my kitchen.

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lodge cast iron skillet 10-inch

Lodge 10” Cast Iron Skillet
from Amazon
This skillet is great for smaller tasks, like cooking grilled cheese sandwiches and reheating leftovers.

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le creuset 5.5-quart french oven

Le Creuset 5.5-Qt. French Oven
from Amazon
This enameled cast iron pot is great for larger quantities of soups and pasta. Looks great on the table, too.

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le creuset 3.5-quart french oven

Le Creuset 3.5-Qt. French Oven
from Amazon
This smaller size would be great for a couple or small family. It makes everything taste better.

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calphalon tri-ply 2.5-quart pot

Calphalon Tri-Ply 2.5-Qt. Pot
from Macy’s
I used to think a pot was just a pot, but this quality tri-ply pot boils water faster than my old pots.

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calphalon tri-ply 1.5-quart pot

Calphalon Tri-Ply 1.5-Qt. Pot
from Macy’s
This smaller pot is great for heating sauces and leftovers. I love the classic style of these quality pots!

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calphalon tri-ply 1-quart pot

Calphalon Tri-Ply 1-Qt. Pot
from Macy’s
I really wish this little pot came with a lid! It’s handy for heating small quantities of liquids, though.

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Kitchen Tools

wusthof santoku

Wusthof 7” Santoku Knife
from Amazon
I use this chef’s knife daily. It fits nicely in my hand and slices through vegetables like butter.

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victorinox serated knife

Victorinox Serrated Knife
from Amazon
This cheap little serrated knife is great for slicing through small loaves of bread and tomatoes.

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kuhn rikon paring knife

Kuhn Rikon Paring Knife
from Amazon
I own three of these knives. They’re great for small, quick kitchen tasks and they’re dishwasher safe.

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10-piece nesting glass bowl set

Glass Nesting Bowls Set
from Crate and Barrel
These bowls are so handy for prep work and mixing. They look nice enough to use for serving, too.

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williams-sonoma vegetable peeler

Vegetable Peeler
from Williams-Sonoma
This stainless steel peeler does exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s great for making vegetable ribbons, too.

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kuhn rikon julienne peeler

Julienne Peeler
from Amazon
Julienne peelers turn vegetables like carrots and zucchini into noodles. It’s a really fun tool to own!

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mandoline

Mandoline Slicer
from Amazon
Mandolines are great for quickly slicing/shredding vegetables razor thin. Watch your fingers!

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microplane grater

Microplane Grater
from Amazon
This grater creates tiny shavings of chocolate and hard cheeses. Perfect for removing zest from citrus.

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sur la table measuring cups

Measuring Cups
from Sur la Table
I really like these classically styled, stainless steel measuring cups. Beautiful and durable.

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sur la table measuring spoons

Measuring Spoons
from Sur la Table
These measuring spoons are my favorite. I love that they are skinny so I can stick them into spice jars.

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garlic press

Garlic Press
from Amazon
This sturdy, stainless steel garlic press does a great job of mincing garlic, whether you peel it first or not!

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salt and pepper set

Pepper Grinder & Salt Shaker
from Amazon
I’m a big fan of matching salt and pepper sets! This set is super affordable and lovely to look at.

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citrus juicer

Citrus Juicer
from Amazon
Squeeze every last drop of juice out of lemons and limes with this handy juicer. Makes making lemonade easier.

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precision colander

3-Qt. Colander
from Amazon
Recommended by America’s Test Kitchen and yours truly. It drains quickly and is dishwasher safe.

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sur-la-table-mesh-sieve

7” Mesh Sieve
from Sur la Table
Fine mesh sieves are great for filtering and draining liquids. 7-inch sieves are just right for most purposes.

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wilton cookie spatula

Cookie Spatula
from Amazon
This sturdy spatula has a sharp edge for getting under cookies, pancakes and veggie burgers.

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norpro cookie scoop

Cookie Scoop
from Amazon
This sturdy spatula has a sharp edge for getting under cookies and other delicate items. It comes in handy!

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rosle pizza cutter

Pizza Cutter
from Amazon
I got tired of cheap, rusting pizza cutters. I’m glad I bought this one. Pretty sure it’s going to last forever.

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rosle locking tongs

Locking Tongs
from Amazon
What can I say? You need a pair of these. They’re high quality stainless steel and lock/unlock with ease.

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oxo salad spinner

OXO Salad Spinner
from Amazon
Clean your greens and spin them dry in this salad spinner. Damp greens make for a soggy salad!

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get it right spatula

Get It Right Spatula
from Amazon
I never knew I could love a spatula so much. They’re the new wooden spoons! I own several.

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get it right mini spatula

Get It Right Mini Spatula
from Amazon
These small spatulas are handy for scraping out every last bit of peanut butter or jam from jars.

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oxo cherry pitter

OXO Cherry Pitter
from Amazon
Sure, this is a specialized tool, but pitting cherries is no fun! I recommend owning one if you ever pit cherries.

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oxo can opener

OXO Can Opener
from Amazon
I had a few can openers break on me before I bought this one by OXO. Zero problems so far.

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12-inch wmf whisk

WMF 12” Whisk
from Amazon
This whisk feels nice in my hand and will last forever. It’s a not-too-big, all-purpose size.

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small french whisk

Small French Whisk
from Amazon
I prefer modestly sized whisks because they’re easier to manage and don’t flop out of bowls. This one’s great!

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working jar with lid

Working Jars with Lids
from Amazon
I love these glass jars for storing leftover canned beans, etc. They also double as drinking glasses.

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caldrea soap

Caldrea Hand Soap
from Target
This hand soap smells lovely, comes in a classic glass container and doesn’t contain any nasty chemicals.

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Bakeware

nordicware half-sheet quarter sheet

Nordicware Baking Pans
from Amazon
I use these half sheets for roasting vegetables and quarter sheets for toasting nuts. Indispensable!

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fiesta loaf pan

Fiesta Loaf Pan
from Amazon
This non-toxic, naturally non-stick ceramic loaf pan produces beautiful loaves of quick bread.

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crate and barrel everyday baker

Everyday Baker
from Crate and Barrel
This 9″ porcelain baker is practical and cute. I use it for brownies, granola bars, baked frittatas and more.

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baking steel

Baking/Pizza Steel
from Sur la Table
This baking steel gets blazing hot in the oven and yields marvelous pizzas. It won’t crack like a baking stone.

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USA Pans muffin pan

USA Pans Muffin Pan
from Amazon
This hefty, high quality steel muffin tin is non-stick thanks to a non-toxic silicone coating.

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cooling rack

Steel Cooling Rack
from Amazon
Large, sturdy, durable baking rack for cooling cookies, muffins, quick breads and more.

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ozeri kitchen scale

Ozeri Kitchen Scale
from Amazon
This inexpensive scale is great for measuring out ingredients for baking, as well as weighing fresh produce.

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pyrex pie plate

Pyrex 9.5” Pie Plate
from Target
No need for a fancy pie pan. This inexpensive, non-toxic glass pan works beautifully.

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Coffee & Cocktails

bodum bistro coffee grinder

Bodum Burr Coffee Grinder
from Amazon
Freshly ground coffee makes all the difference! This grinder makes home-brewed coffee taste like a treat.

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aeropress

Aeropress Coffee Maker
from Amazon
This contraption brews the best coffee and espresso! Even better than French press. Easy cleanup, too.

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le creuset tea kettle

Le Creuset Tea Kettle
from Amazon
This colorful tea pot brightens my kitchen. It doesn’t get the greatest reviews but I am happy with it!

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tovolo king ice cube tray

Tovolo King Ice Cube Tray
from Amazon
This tray makes giant ice cubes. Giant cubes melt slowly, so they don’t water down your cocktails as much.

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schott zwiesel glasses

Schott Zwiesel Universal Glasses
from Amazon
These are my all-purpose wine glasses. They are crystal clear, beautiful and durable. Love them.

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cb2 mini cocktail shaker

Mini Cocktail Shaker
from CB2
I use this little shaker to make most of my drinks (just one or two at a time). It’s cute, right?

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OXO muddler

OXO Muddler
from Amazon
This sturdy steel muddler is easy to grip. It’s great for crushing mint leaves, fruit and more!

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oxo measuring jigger

OXO Measuring Jigger
from Amazon
This jigger is a brilliant small volume measuring tool. You can see the marks from the top. No more spills!

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metrokane champagne stopper

Metrokane Champagne Stopper
from Amazon
Save the bubbles! This topper securely caps off Champagne bottles, which means more Champagne for later.

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Target bar cart

Threshold Bar Cart
from Target
I just love this bar cart. It looks as nice as more expensive carts and it’s fun to have a bar station when friends come over.

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Cookbooks

smitten kitchen cookbook

Smitten Kitchen Cookbook
from Amazon
A great collection of recipes for all occasions. It’s not vegetarian but offers lots of meatless mains.

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yummy supper

Yummy Supper Cookbook
from Amazon
This beautiful cookbook is perfect for gluten-free omnivores. Recipes are simple and elegant.

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oh she glows cookbook

Oh She Glows Cookbook
from Amazon
Hearty everyday vegan recipes. Angela’s recipes are always fresh and full of flavor. A photo for each recipe!

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super natural every day

Super Natural Everyday
from Amazon
Vegetarian recipes from the West Coast blogger behind 101 Cookbooks. This book is a classic.

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keys to the kitchen

Keys to the Kitchen
from Amazon
This cookbook is a great resource. It’s full of exceptionally well-tested, fresh recipes and cooking tips.

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america's test kitchen healthy family cookbook

Healthy Family Cookbook
from Amazon
This is one of my go-to cookbooks for excellent base recipes. It’s not as pretty as most, but it is practical.

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vegetarian flavor bible

Vegetarian Flavor Bible
from Amazon
This is not a cookbook. It’s a flavor thesaurus. Super helpful for improvising in the kitchen.

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bon appetit magazine

Bon Appetit Magazine
from Amazon
I always look forward to the latest issue of Bon Appetit! This inspiring magazine is full of fun recipe ideas.

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in defense of food

In Defense of Food
from Amazon
Michael Pollan is my favorite food writer. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

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cooked by michael pollan

Cooked
from Amazon
Michael Pollan learns how to grill with fire, cook with liquid, bake bread, and ferment all kinds of things.

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Gifts (aka kate’s favorite things)

blendtec designer series blender

Blendtec Blender
from Amazon
My blender makes the creamiest soups. I love having two jars—the twister jar is great for peanut butter.

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le creuset 5.5-quart french oven

Le Creuset 5.5-Qt. French Oven
from Amazon
This enameled cast iron pot is great for larger quantities of soups and pasta. Looks great on the table, too.

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bose mini soundlink

Bose Mini Soundlink
from Amazon
This small speaker produces gorgeous sound. Perfect for listening to music or podcasts in the kitchen.

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calphalon waffle maker

Calphalon Waffle Maker
from Amazon
Give the gift of waffles! This non-stick waffle iron lets me cook up a whole batch in just two presses.

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wusthof santoku

Wusthof 7” Santoku Knife
from Amazon
I use this chef’s knife daily. It fits nicely in my hand and slices through vegetables like butter.

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get it right spatula

Get It Right Spatula
from Amazon
I never knew I could love a spatula so much. They’re the new wooden spoons! Great stocking stuffer.

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kuhn rikon julienne peeler

Kuhn Rikon Julienne Peeler
from Amazon
Julienne peelers turn vegetables like carrots and zucchini into noodles. It’s a really fun tool to gift.

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baking steel

Baking Steel
from Sur la Table
This baking steel gets blazing hot in the oven and yields marvelous pizzas. It won’t crack like a baking stone.

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calphalon grill

Calphalon Grill/Griddle
from Amazon
This handy machine provides a large cooking surface for cooking pancakes and transforms into a grill, too.

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everlane silk top

Everlane Silk Blouses
from Everlane
I love Everlane’s beautiful, elegant silk blouses. They cut out the middlemen and offer reasonable prices.

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custom-pet-embroidery

Custom Pet Embroideries
from Herd Handmade
My friend Jordan makes these awesome animal embroideries. She takes commissions!

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