Cooking Survival Tools

Cooking Survival Tools For the anti-chef 

Even if you are a bit timid in the kitchen, you are going to have to cook in order to stay fit and in optimal health. The days of boxed, frozen, prepackaged foods are over. With six kids (four at home), pure stress is what the kitchen brings to me these days. In short if I can cook, you can too! To make it easy, let’s look at some basic survival tools.

Cooking Survival Tools

You really don’t need designer cookware to make healthy, satisfying meals. If you’re budget savvy like I am, Walmart or the local dollar store will suffice for your basic kitchen necessities. If you don’t have these essentials already, invest in:

  • A large, non-stick skillet (for stir-frying, browning, and sautéing)
  • A crock pot AKA slow cooker. This is a non-cook’s best friend! Mix, cover, and come back for a warm, hearty meal. (When training for races like Ironman — my slow cooker saved my sanity!)
  • A big casserole dish.
  • A few medium to large cooking/mixing spoons.
  • An easy mixer, such as a Magic Bullet. I love mine: easy to use, easy to clean.
  • A can opener
  • A good, sharp cutting knife
  • Plenty of dried and/or fresh seasonings
  • Plastic storage containers. You can save time by cooking double servings, and you’ll need something to put them in!
  • A cutting board.
  • A set of measuring spoons
  • Sets of liquid and dry measuring cups

Happy Healthy Eating…!

Adapted from Amy’s book Six Weeks to Skinny Jeans 

If you have a cooking tool you can’t live without please share with us and leave it in the comments section below.

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About Amy Cotta

Amy Cotta is a mother of six, certified personal trainer, author of Six Weeks to Skinny Jeans, an exercise equipment inventor, and the founder of iMoveFor. Amy competes in 5K to full-Ironman events in combat boots to raise money for military charities.
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