Even though I like to cook and bake, I don’t think I’m the greatest cook there ever was. Truthfully, if you can follow a recipe, you can cook. That’s just my opinion. When I first started out on my own in the real world without my mom to cook for me, I didn’t have much skills. My specialty was chicken stir fry. No sauce or fuss – straight up chicken and frozen veggies, stir fried to perfection (or close enough) over rice. When it came to special gadgets and utensils, I had wooden spoons and a blender that I never used. Nothing fancy.
Over the years, I picked up tips and tricks and basically just experimented. About 7 years ago, I got the one kitchen utensil I couldn’t live without now.
My food processor.
How did I go so many years without one?
OK, technically it’s a small appliance but I consider it a utensil.
I was in tears last year when it suddenly stopped working. FYI – the KitchenAid people are fantastic about replacing broken pieces.
A food processor can do so much. Sauces, smoothies, soups, shredding and many, many other things that don’t begin with an S like nut butters and baby food. I use it multiple times a week, sometimes multiple times a day. I have a relatively inexpensive KitchenAid model. I think it’s a seven cup? I’ve thought about upgrading to a bigger motor but really this model suits my needs just fine. If you don’t have a food processor, I highly suggest you get one. You won’t regret it!
Let’s get into meal planning for the week. I found a new to me blog, Naturally Ella. If you don’t know it, you need to click over there ASAP. First off, her photography is stunning. Second, the recipes are drool worthy. I think I spent a good half hour pouring through her blog, pinning recipe after recipe. Seriously, check it out!
Here’s what I’ve got planned for this week’s menu:
Monday: Fish Tacos
Tuesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili (Recipe coming this week!)
Friday: Chicken sausage over massaged kale salad
Saturday: Ron’s homemade veggie pizza
What’s the kitchen utensil you couldn’t live without?