For mothers, preparing and cooking a healthy meal for the kids is one of the leading priorities. However, it sometimes becomes a struggle when you just don’t have enough time to shop for healthy ingredients, much less spend enough time to cook three meals plus two snacks in a day.
Fortunately, some cooking gadgets can help meal plan for busy and exhausted moms. Here are the best time-saving kitchen gadgets to help working moms create delicious, delectable, and nutritious meals.
Time-Saving Kitchen Gadgets
Sous Vide Machine
Cooking meat for meals often takes a lot of time, which is a luxury that not all moms have. Add that stress to the possibility and fear of undercooking meat or seafood which can cause food poisoning according to this FDA study.
However, with the sous vide machine, cooking healthy but delicate meat, and seafood dishes are safer, simple, and convenient. It’s also an extremely time-saving kitchen tool! Spend time working on other chores while your dish is cooking in the kitchen.
If you are a busy mom, overnight breakfasts are one of the go-to meal preps that can help you save time the next day, but what about dinner?
Ordering takeout is out of the equation, especially if you want a healthy meal for the kids. If you have a crockpot at home though, making healthy dishes without spending a lot of time on meal prep and cooking becomes super easy. Take out all the ingredients, put them in the crockpot, and when you get home, the dish will be ready in time for dinner.
According to this study, there is a PFOA content in the coatings of most non-stick pans, which when heated, breaks down and produces toxic fumes. These fumes most likely cause cancer. This is why most moms prefer using the best ceramic pans since it is much safer as it has no harmful PFOAs.
However, for busy moms, it can be exhausting to cook the usual way by pan on the stove. Plus, it requires too much time.
Luckily, a good pressure cooker is an excellent answer for making healthy meals in much less time. It shortens the period spent on cooking a meal that would otherwise take several hours to prepare.
A nutritious smoothie in the morning or as an afternoon snack only takes up a couple of minutes using a high-powered blender. It’s perfect kitchen equipment for a busy and on-the-go mom. You can make healthy smoothies with combinations of fruits and veggies that you or your kids prefer.
Use it as well to make a healthy sorbet snack instead of the sugar-laden ice cream you buy in the supermarket. It’s a great way to cut down on sugar.
Food prep takes a lot of time, especially when you have to slice, dice, and chop a few ingredients. However, with a food processor, chopping, slicing, and dicing become easier and faster. Shred lettuce, cabbage, and other vegetables in seconds — compared to doing it with a knife which consumes a lot of time.
This impressive kitchen tool might be a little fancy but it is incredibly functional and one of the most time-saving kitchen gadgets. It mixes ingredients in seconds, plus without the added mess of having to transfer the contents into a blender.
Breakfast Sandwich Maker
Always on the go? Perhaps, you just don’t have enough time to prepare a healthy and sumptuous breakfast for the kids — and they’re already going to be late for school! Well, fret not because your holy grail comes in the form of a breakfast sandwich maker.
Having a breakfast sandwich maker makes your work a whole lot easier. It saves you both time and effort. You have an all-in-one machine that toasts bread, heats meat and cheese, and cooks the egg — all at the same time.
Say hello to warm, delicious, and ready-to-eat breakfast!
Zoodles and veggie noodles are great ways to make nutritious meals for the little ones. Now, it’s easy to make these with a vegetable spiralizer. Make veggie noodles using any firm vegetable you have in your pantry – from carrots to celery or even squash.
Apart from making noodles out of veggies, a spiralizer saves you both time and effort by skipping the tiring process of slicing thick vegetables by hand. It’s a great kitchen tool for a busy mom, who also wants the kids to start eating healthily.
There is no gadget that can give you more than 24 hours each day just to do what mothers do.
However, you can save time (and not to mention your sanity) with these time-saving kitchen gadgets that help you make healthier meals for the kids in less time — giving you more time to finish other tasks for the day.
I’m Edna Oneal, the founder of Kitchen Aim, where I share my cooking tips and wonderful recipes. To me, cooking is a wonderful chance of creative, fun and fulfilling activity.