The Kitchen Utensil I Couldn’t Live Without

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.

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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!

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Here’s what I’ve got planned for this week’s menu:

Sunday: Shaved Brussels Sprouts and Ginger Potstickers

Monday: Fish Tacos

Tuesday: Crockpot Two Bean Veggie Chili (Recipe coming this week!)

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Roasted Butternut Squash and Udon Noodles w/ Cilantro Tahini Sauce

Friday: Chicken sausage over massaged kale salad

Saturday: Ron’s homemade veggie pizza

What’s the kitchen utensil you couldn’t live without?

25 comments on “The Kitchen Utensil I Couldn’t Live Without

  1. Ahhhh man! This is making me sad!!!! My christmas present was a food processor….but I have not recieved it yet as it had to be shipped here 🙁 I am DYING to use it, and now I see another person who loves theirs!! At least now I have some things to use it for when it does get here. You make me know I made the right choice in getting one 🙂
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  2. That’s good to know about the cuisinart parts since I just broke the lid on mine! My favorite thing that I use in the kitchen all the time is probably my good knife. I saved up to buy it when I was in school and it’s still going strong.
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  3. I <3 my cuisinart! My 2 other favorite little gadget is my pineapple slicer/corer and my apple peeler/corer. Makes short work of these 2 fruits.

    I tried to insert pictures but it won't let me! Trust me when I tell you these are very cool little gadgets!

  4. I’ve got to be honest, the kitchen tool that keeps us all alive is my coffeemaker. If it weren’t for that I don’t think I could function;-) I used to love my food processor (I think we have the same one!) but lately it’s taken a backseat to my blender. Just a plain, old fashioned blender but think I use it to make smoothies or pancake batter every day.
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  5. I think our food processor is the one appliance that I hardly ever use. Mostly because I hate counter clutter (I use my toaster every morning and still keep it in the cabinet…I may have an issue:) haha!) But I do have an immersion blender form Kitchen Aid and use it for EVERYTHING (including pulverizing my finger;) Soups, salsa, smoothies, almond butter and a multitude of other things. It does the job of a food processor just on a smaller scale and takes up a lot less space.
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    1. I can’t stand counter clutter either. I lift the beast of a food processor out of a high cabinet every single day. I’m surprised it hasn’t landed on my head yet! An immersion blender can really make almond butter? Ours must be totally weak…

  6. I love my food processor too. Mine is a KitchenAid but it’s SO heavy. I never used it because I hated hauling it in and out of a cabinet. When we remodeled our kitchen, I reserved a shelf on a tall cabinet just for appliances like that (also my KitchenAid stand mixer and blender) and my husband rigged it up so they can stay plugged in all the time right there on that shelf. It’s kind of the low-budget version of a fancy “appliance garage.” I use them all so much more often now!
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