3 “Must Have” Kitchen Appliances

3 "Must Have" Kitchen Appliances | NutriFitMama

    After being in an RV for 6 months, returning home to my “real” kitchen was a dream. A DREAM. Now, don’t get me wrong- a big kitchen most definitely is NOT a necessity- but it sure is nice. Ha. 

    Somehow I managed to pull off an excellent Thanksgiving dinner a few months ago in the RV. Everything homemade, like we do every year. I managed to do it without all the extra counter and prep space I am used to and *gasp* no double (or even a table top) ovens! It took a bit of planning, but it definitely made me appreciate all the things I normally use in my “real” kitchen all the time.

    As you can imagine, not many appliances fit in the RV. We had to save on space significantly. Now that we are back at home, I am able to use my favorite appliances, and have even gotten some new ones for Christmas. 

    These 3 kitchen appliances are definitely not specifically MUST HAVES, but I do think that they are excellent if you can swing it, and will help make life so much easier. Yes, you can do without, but if you are in search of new things for your kitchen- I highly recommend looking into the options below…

 

 1. Instant Pot.

 

    Now, I kind of thought it was silly at first. I mean, I have a crock pot that I absolutely LOVE, so why would I need this? Let me ask you something- what CAN’T you do with an Instant Pot?! Not only is it a Pressure Cooker- it’s a Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Saute/Browning, Yogurt Maker, Steamer & Warmer. This thing does IT ALL.

    I will be the first to admit that I am still learning with this appliance of awesomeness, but I am looking forward to experimenting much more and hopefully sharing some yummy creations!

   I did just order this book on Amazon. Hopefully it will have lots of good ideas and recipes! LOVE that it focuses on healthy recipes as well. (**This post does contain affiliate links- while I would NEVER recommend something I wouldn’t use and love myself, if you do choose to order through one of the links, it always helps to get a tiny kickback through affiliate links and is MUCH appreciated**)

 

 

 2. Spiralizer

 

    I’m sure at this point you’ve heard of a Spiralizer. It began as what looked like a “fad”, but it has become something more. It’s a great way to add a variety of vegetables to your dishes in fun and delicious ways. If you are on a Paleo diet, making “noodles” out of zucchini (aka zoodles) is an excellent way to serve the pasta dish that you are craving. If you’re looking to go low carb, well, this is a great option!

   I cannot get enough of my spiralizer! There are handheld options, and that’s what I started out with. I didn’t care for it nearly as much as I do my standing one, and if you are spiralizing for more than one person, the stand up ones are really more convenient. Plus, there are a few different ways you can cut/slice with this one as well. I highly recommend it.

    If you are wondering what exactly you are going to use a spiralizer for besides zucchini- the Inspiralized book by Alli Maffucci is a great place to start.

 

 

3. Air Fryer

 

    This one is the priciest on the list, but it’s worth it. There are other options that are more cost effective, and I’m sure they are excellent as well. We have a Philips Air Fryer (it was my Christmas present), and we use it ALL.THE.TIME. We absolutely love this thing. We cook everything from sweet potato fries to bacon to “fried” chicken- and everything in-between. 

    You “fry” without the addition of oil, so you are saving SO many calories. It can also grill, roast, and even bake your food. It’s seriously awesome and gets used so much more than I ever would have imagined around here! 

If you need some ideas for the yumminess you can make in your Air Fryer, this cookbook is a good one to check out (and yes, you can make donuts too! :) )

 

 

Again, while this post is titled “must have”, we have to be realistic. Sometimes it’s not always feasible to have extra appliances, whether it be a cost issue or a space issue (can we say RV?! Ha!), BUT if you can swing it- these are the top 3 I would most definitely recommend- one or all.

What is your favorite kitchen appliance? Have you used any of these before? If so, any favorite recipes or websites/books to check out?!

 

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New Beginnings

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    It’s been a while. A WHILE. After taking several months off blogging, I am back. It’s been an interesting (and rough) ride these past months. Lots of ups and downs. One of the ups was seeing some amazing places on our RV journey. From stars out in the middle of the desert..

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To the beautiful Red Rocks in Sedona, Arizona..

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Unfortunately, we have also dealt with some devastating losses over the past several months as well. My husband lost one of his closest friends, and during our travels I lost my cat, Phantom. That was HARD. It still is. Not sure if I will ever get over that one. She was definitely MY cat (literally- she didn’t like anyone except for me haha).

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The kids had so much fun- they earned some Junior Ranger badges at different National Parks around the country. I got to run and bike in lots of places that I never would have otherwise. It was an experience. We did have some other unexpected things come up, but such is life I suppose.

All that being said, we have a big move coming up. I will announce when it’s more official though. I don’t want to jinx anything. :)

I gained a little travel/stress/depression weight over the past several months, and I am now getting back into a healthier lifestyle. Considering I am the Maid of Honor in one of my best friend’s weddings coming up in the next few months, I really have 10-15 lbs I’d like to lose. Will it be possible? We’ll see. 

Currently I’m struggling with the motivation factor, as I’m sure almost everyone can relate to! Time to jump back on the clean eating and exercise bandwagon!

 

That’s all for now. Nice to catch up. Expect some fun recipes, experiences, and more soon 😉

Did you have a good holiday season? Were you good and kept it healthy or did you splurge a little too much? What are your goals for the next few months and this year?

 

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Skinny Gluten Free Oven “Fried” Chicken

Skinny Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken- Gluten Free | NutriFitMama

One of my husband’s absolute favorite things to eat is fried chicken. He was definitely raised in the south. I have never really been a big fried chicken fan, but I do go out to eat it with him occasionally. It’s one of those things that usually makes me feel kind of icky afterwards though. I am just really a fan of how fried food makes me feel (love the taste of fried food though 😉 ).

 

 

We decided it was time to make our own version- something I would food good about eating AND something that would be allergy friendly for our kids. I am not sure that my 7 year old has ever had fried chicken before! And let’s just say the kids devoured their drumsticks and wanted seconds!

Skinny Gluten Free Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken- a healthy twist on this southern classic. | NutriFitMama

When I went to buy some Coconut Flour from Trader Joe’s, I saw an oven baked “fried” chicken recipe on the back. It looked like a great idea, so I altered it to suit our needs (although it looked great as is- so definitely check that out next time you’re at Trader Joe’s!).

This recipe is so simple- and the ingredient list is very minimal.The only thing I would do differently next time is add some spiciness- my husband and I like it HOT. But this is definitely the more mild, kid-friendly version 😉

A healthier twist on the southern classic "Fried" Chicken- Gluten Free, Skinny Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken by NutriFitMama

Of course we used Trader Joe’s Coconut Flour, a bag of Reduced Guilt Trader Joe’s Chips, Eggs, Spices..

Skinny Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken- Trader Joe's Coconut Flour, Reduced Guilt Potato Chips, Drumsticks, Eggs, Spices | NutriFitMama

I did add some coconut oil on the baking sheet (not pictured) and a couple Tablespoons of Almond Flour (you can omit, but I feel it gave it some added “oomph” 😉 )

We ended up using our food processor to pulse the chips and flours, but you could always beat them up in a ziplock bag if you’d like :)

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And then my husband did the honors of dipping the drumsticks in the egg mixture (this part grosses me out- always has)

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And then shake it around in the flour mixture in a big ziplock bag to coat..

Skinny "Fried" Chicken | NutriFitMama

And place on the baking sheet (which is coated with a few Tablespoons of melted coconut oil to help “fry” the chicken 😉 )- and let me tell you- this is pretty messy because my husband decided there were some “bald” spots on the drumsticks he needed to coat a little better. But hey, who cares as long as it tastes good, right?!

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Bake for 30 minutes and voila- delicious HEALTHY “fried” chicken!

Skinny Oven Baked "Fried" Chicken- Gluten Free | NutriFitMama

 

Enjoy! Here is the recipe below!

Skinny Gluten Free "Fried" Chicken by NutriFitMama

 

Skinny Gluten Free Oven “Fried” Chicken

Skinny Gluten Free Oven “Fried” Chicken

Ingredients

  • 6 Chicken Drumsticks
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut Flour
  • 2 TBS Almond Flour
  • 1 Bag Trader Joe's Reduced Guilt Potato Chips
  • 1 TBS Seasoning of choice
  • 2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 4 Eggs
  • 4 TBS Coconut Oil, Melted
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Pulse Coconut Flour, Almond Flour and Chips together in a Food Processor*
  3. Put Flour/Chip mixture in a gallon ziplock bag and set aside.
  4. Mix eggs, seasoning and garlic powder in a large bowl.
  5. Melt Coconut Oil and drizzle over baking sheet
  6. Dip drumsticks into egg mixture.
  7. Place dipped drumstick in the ziplock bag with flour/chip mixture and shake to coat.
  8. Repeat with each drumstick, placing drumsticks on baking sheet when coated.
  9. Cook for 30-35 minutes, flipping drumsticks about halfway through.
  10. Enjoy!
  11. *If you don't have a food processor, crumble chips in a large ziplock bag and then mix with flours.
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What is your favorite southern classic? Do you eat a lot of fried foods?!

 

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