If you’ve taken a look at the specifications for going Paleo AIP, you probably did a double take. Cook almost every meal? Stop eating quick, on-the-go foods?
Trust me, I know. It sucks. But.
And it’s worth it.
So if you’re about to embark on a Paleo or Paleo AIP experiment, here are my top five must-haves for the kitchen to make life suck just a little less:
Encourage More Cooking with Good Pans
Let me tell you a little story about Crappy Pan McGee. Nothing makes me less likely to cook than those weird, cheap pans that scrape off a little brown stuff into your food each time you cook. Not only does it make your food questionable, but clean-up becomes an insane ordeal of soaking the pan for three days until it smells bad, then scrubbing as hard as you can until you die a little inside and decide never to cook again.
Ok, I dramatized it, but pans make all the difference. When you go to replace your pan, do some soul searching and try to up your budget into the $50-80 range. It makes all the difference in the experience of cooking and increases your willingness/desire to cook, making the task much more likely to happen. Try this for a frying pan or this for a sauce pan. More expensive, but built to last and guaranteed for a lifetime.
Knives that Actually Cut Stuff Well
Those new to AIP and Paleo will experience an influx of vegetables unlike any before, maybe even vegetables you’ve never seen or heard of. But before you eat those vegetables, you probably want to cut them so you can arrange them artfully on your plate and not feel so depressed about nachos. Or was that just JHubbs?
Regardless, much like having nicer pans, good knives will put less stress on your wrist and fingers and making cutting vegetables actually go quicker. I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous, knifey angel and it may be my birthday present request. You heard it here first.
Foil to Save Clean-Up Time
I know this isn’t as environmentally conscious as it should be, but foil is your kitchen’s best friend. Depending on what you’re cooking, you can get two or three uses out of a pan before needed to wash it, which saves what feels like ten thousand hours. To be less wasteful, use the foil to cook the meat and/or vegetables, then let it cool, then use the same foil to store it in the fridge. Waste not, & here’s a great recycled foil option!
Tupperware Aplenty to Make You Want to Pack Lunch
NOTHING is worse than doing all the work to shop, prep, and cook, and then realize you don’t have anything to carry it to work in. Invest in usable, customized tupperware so that you can eat what you work hard for. My favorites are these because you can warm them up in the oven or microwave without worrying about terrifying BPA and other chemicals being released in your food.
Rice Cooker or Slow Cooker for Hands-Off Meals
The only thing close to a “break” in Paleo AIP is a slow cooker/rice cooker assistant. Chop up a few sweet potatoes and throw it in with raw meat and garlic and in about a half hour it’s like a restaurant delivered your food. Trust me, you’ll need a break. I own this one, but I would upgrade to this one if I could.
Honorable Mention in the Kitchen Prep Zone
This made a crazy difference for salads for us, but be warned it is not dishwasher safe.
This magnificent beast will be my next kitchen investment and it will make it easier to prepare awesome AIP recipes that call for sauces and marinades.
Ok, your turn! What keeps you happy in the Paleo AIP kitchen?