Welcome to Day 3 of My Plant-Based Family’s Holiday Gift Guide. Monday we looked at World Vision and how you can give a gift that will change a life. I encourage you to consider World Vision or other organizations and begin a family tradition of blessing others each year. Yesterday I shared a “wish list” of luxury (over $100) items. Today I’ m going to share my favorite kitchen gear that is a little more budget-friendly.
As always feel free to share your wish list, or tell me what I’m missing. Yesterday several readers reminded me of knives and cookware, great gifts indeed.
I love my food processor. I own this Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Food Processor pictured above and it takes care of all of our processing needs. There are processors that are bigger and smaller, some cheaper and others that are waaaay more expensive. If I could only pick one small kitchen appliance I’d pick this one.
For smaller jobs I love my Magic Bullet although I’m not sure if I have the exact set shown. I received it as a gift from my mom about 7 years ago and it has served us well. Unfortunately it’s on its last leg but I’m considering purchasing it again. I love how easy it is to clean and perfect for small jobs. The only down side is all of these parts takes up room so if you don’t have a lot of storage this may not work for you.
I don’t have a Cuisinart 2-Speed Immersion Hand Blender but it’s on my “would be nice but not necessary” list. I would love to blend up soups without having to use (and wash) another appliance. There are many different brands and models of immersion blenders, some even come with different attachments. Just read the reviews before you make purchases.
If you are cooking quinoa you NEED a Fine Mesh Strainer. I have a different model but this one is similar, has good reviews and is super inexpensive. You could give this as a gift with a package of quinoa, some recipe cards with quinoa dishes and a few kitchen utensils.
Whether you choose a microplane or a zester (they seem to be pretty much the same thing) this is a fun gift. I received the Edgeware Zester as a gift, it’s very handy because it has a little “zest catcher” in the back with measurements on it. It’s so easy to use too. This would easily fit in a stocking for a fun surprise.
We have a knife set that has several different knives including steak knives that stores them all in a block of wood. I usually only use the mini chef knife but occasionally use the bread knife or paring knife. If you eat plant-based you need a good set of Knives even if it is only for chopping veggies. We never use our steak knives anymore and that giant block of wood takes up too much counter space. I don’t have the set pictured above but it looks very similar to mine.
What is on your Christmas wish list? I’m sure I forgot something! I considered a Toaster Oven but I haven’t made the leap.
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