Since clients are always asking me what accessories they need for meal prep, I decided to dedicate a post to help my followers have an all-in-one reference guide to which they can refer. This will also help me to be able to post a single link to this blog post instead of looking up the products every time! All of these links are Amazon Affiliate links and if you use them then you are helping to support my blog! I assure you that at the time of writing this post, I have no sponsorships and all of these products have come from my own research and subsequent purchases. I love these items, and I just want to share my finds with you! I will also be making a similar post with Instant Pot accessories, so stay tuned for that!
Here are my top ten kitchen essentials for meal prepping:
#1 For prepping egg muffins, you absolutely MUST get a silicone muffin pan. It is life changing! I used to dread making egg muffins because it took me forever to get my pans clean. With the silicone pan, the muffins slide right out and your clean-up is a snap.
Zenware 24 Cup Non-Stick Silicone Baking Mold for Muffins, Cupcakes and Mini Cakes
#2 A friend just introduced me to this manual food chopped. What a lifesaver! I HATE chopping onions. With this, you pull a cord a few times and your onions are diced. No tears, no stinky hands, no effort!
Brieftons Manual Food Chopper: Compact & Powerful Hand Held Vegetable Chopper / Mincer / Blender to Chop Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Herbs, Onions, Garlics for Salsa, Salad, Pesto, Coleslaw, Puree
#3 Every meal prepper needs to invest in BPA free, freezer and microwave-safe sturdy containers. I’m loving these by Freshware!
Freshware 15-Pack 2 Compartment Bento Lunch Boxes with Lids – Stackable, Reusable, Microwave, Dishwasher & Freezer Safe – Meal Prep, Portion Control, 21 Day Fix & Food Storage Containers (25oz)
#4 An apple corer is another handy-dandy device that will save you time and energy. I use this for preparing apple slices for my kids almost on a daily basis. It can also be used to help quickly slice potatoes.
Calphalon Easy Grip Apple Corer Slicer
#5 There is a reason why “zoodles” are all the rage! They are a delicious low carb alternative to pasta. But, you need to have the right tools which is why I invested in this spiralizer several months ago. It hasn’t failed me yet!
Paderno World Cuisine A4982799 Tri-Blade Vegetable Spiral Slicer
If you aren’t ready to spend $22 on a spiralizer, the Veggeti is another great option which I also own. This requires slightly more effort (not much) and is better if you are only prepping for one.
Veggetti Spiral Vegetable Slicer, Makes Veggie Pasta
#6 If you are going to impress your co-workers with your gorgeous mason jar salads, you’d better buy some jars!
Kerr 0519 wide mouth jar quart, 32oz (case of 12)
For your overnight oats, it’s best to use the pint size:
Ball Jar 1pt Ball Mason Jars, Case of 12
#7 I use my cutting board on a daily basis. I like this one because it is very easy to clean and it stays put on the counter.
OXO Good Grips Utility Cutting Board
#8 If you are prepping food, do yourself a favor and invest in a quality knife set. Full disclosure, I need to buy one. This is the one I have my eye on it because it is a great value and five star reviews.
Rada Cutlery S05 Meal Prep Knife Gift Set
#9 You should also have measuring tools not only for use in recipes, but also for portion control! For general cooking, I use the glass Pyrex measuring cups:
Pyrex 3-Piece Glass Measuring Cup Set
For portion control containers,I recommend looking into the 21 Day Fix program. The Fix nutrition plan is incredibly effective and the program comes with a set of color coded container which represent one servings of each of the food groups in the plan. It takes all the guess work of how much to eat of what foods each day.
And, finally, #10! You didn’t think I’d leave out the Instant Pot, did you? This appliance has changed everything for me when it comes to food prep. I use it to cook whole chickens each week, to make hard boiled eggs, steamed rice and homemade yogurt, and countless other recipes. This is the one I have:
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 7-in-1 Multi-Functional Pressure Cooker, 6Qt/1000W
This arsenal of kitchen essential will make you a champion meal prepper in no time!
So, what did I leave out? Are there any kitchen tools that have helped you in your meal prep efforts. I’d love to know, and am always looking for a reason to buy new stuff! Hook me up in the comments!