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Kitchen Essentials

Below, you’ll find my very favorite kitchen tools and ingredients!


Kitchen Tools

Breville Juice Fountain

Vitamix Blender

Paderno Spiral Slicer

Oxo Digital Food Scale

Mini Food Processor

omega juicer

Omega Juicer

Cuisinart Food Processor Excalibur Dehydrator Excalibur Drying Sheets
Benriner Mandolin Microplane Silpat
French Press
(BPA-free coffee or tea)
Flax/Chia/Spice Grinder


Favorite Serveware

Glass Straws

Fiestaware Dishes
(Made in USA)

Armetale Serveware

Ingredients & Snacks

Honeyville Blanched Almond Flour Coconut Flour

Extra-Virgin Coconut Oil

Raw Cacao Powder

Whole Leaf Irish Moss

Natural Calm

Supreme Dark Chocolate Deep Forest Mint Chocolate

NuNaturals Liquid Stevia

79 comments to Kitchen Essentials

  • Heather

    just got the spiral slicer from your link! your noodle recipes convinced me. Can’t wait to try them all out!

  • Monee

    Is there a particular brand of coconut oil that you prefer to use? I read on Sarah Wilson’s website that she eats 2 tablespoons of it straight out of the jar every day…do you typically cook with your coconut oil or eat it alone as she does?

    • I’m using a jar from Tropical Traditions at the moment, but I also like the Nutiva brand which is pretty affordable on Amazon. I find that most coconut oils that are labeled “organic” and “extra-virgin” work well, regardless of the brand. I cook with coconut oil often, and like to use it in my raw almond butter fudge recipes… but I usually don’t eat it straight from the jar.

  • so i just added the breville juicer to my cart on amazon using your link… before i hit check out i want to be sure that you personally use it and endorse it ?? i want to make sure im picking a good juicer for my very first one :)

  • great !! mine arrives dec 14th cant wait ! im going to kick off with a 3 day cleanse ! any beginner combo’s i should try?

  • Sarah Anderson

    Hi Megan, what chocolate chips do you use? The highest percentage of cocoa I can find that are actually decent is Sunspire’s 65% dark chocolate chips. All others seem to have a lot of additives in them. Thanks!

    • I do like the Sunspire brand. I also like the 70% dark chocolate chunks at Whole Foods, but sometimes they’re not available, so you can always chop up your favorite high-quality dark chocolate bar, too!

  • Hope

    Hi Megan, this might be a silly question, but I’m new to juicing (hubby just got me the Breville for Christmas :) and I’m totally intimidated by the seemingly lengthy post-juicing cleanup process; do you just put the steel mesh strainer into the dishwasher each time, or do you do the “soak for 10 minutes and then hand-wash” thing? THANKS!

    • Hi Hope! Congrats on the new juicer! I don’t put my strainer in the dishwasher every day– I actually just scrub it with warm water and the brush that comes with it, until all the pulp has been removed, and then I let the pieces air-dry on my counter. This faster process keeps my juicing routine quick and easy! I do like to wash all of the pieces in the dishwasher about once a week, to keep them well sanitized, but make sure you keep the plastic pieces on the top shelf– my first tamper got warped from going on the bottom shelf! Hope you enjoy the new juicer!

  • Sarah

    Hi Megan, I see that you recommend (and use) the Breville Juice Fountain – and do lots of green juices. But a friend who is also researching juicers said that according to the reviews, the Breville doesn’t do so well with greens. ? Has this been your experience? (I’m assuming she meant in terms of breaking down the greens?). Is there another one you would recommend? We are mainly interested in juicing veggies and greens, of course, and want to get maximum nutritional value without having to eat raw veggies for someone with Crohn’s disease. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thank you!

    • Hi Sarah! Yes, I do love my Breville juicer. It was recommended to me as a good starting juicer, because it’s so quick and easy to use, and it does much better with leafy greens than other centrifugal models. It does well with sturdy greens, such as romaine hearts and lacitno kale leaves, but not as well with delicate greens, such as parsley.

      If you have the time and patience to work with a slower juicer, the Omega juicer is what I would choose. (It’s also listed in my recommendations above, in the second row.) It juices all greens beautifully, but it takes at least twice the amount of time to produce the juice, because it’s a masticating juicer. I actually own both the Breville and the Omega, and I love them both for different reasons. I probably use the Breville more often, because I rarely have the patience to use the Omega for a similar glass of green juice. However, if I were battling a disease, the Omega probably does get more nutrition into that glass!

      Hope that helps, and good luck!

  • Sarah

    Thank you so much for the (very prompt!) response! I appreciate the information, it was very helpful. :)

  • Tracy

    You recommended some re-usable cloth bowls covers a few weeks back, could I have that website again. Thank You,
    Tracy

  • Jann

    Hi… just discovered your website… thanks so much for the inspiration on trying some new recipes.

    However in reading through your ‘…essentials’ page I saw ‘Irish Moss’. Wasn’t sure what that was. After reading the product info on Amazon I see that it’s ‘carrageenan’. I had read that are health concerns regarding ‘carrageenan’. Here’s what Dr Andrew Weil had to say;

    http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/QAA401181/Is-Carrageenan-Safe.html

    ANYWAY… just wondering if you were aware of the concersns… and/or if so if you have different information.

    • Hi Jann! Yes, carrageenan is derived from Irish Moss. However, there is still quite a bit of debate on whether the risks of caragneenan, a processed food, also apply to the whole food, Irish Moss. (Just as white flour doesn’t react in the body the same as whole wheat flour, even though they are derived from the same plant!) There have been numerous studies claiming health benefits of Irish Moss, as well, which I’ve mentioned in my recipe calling for Irish Moss here: http://detoxinista.com/2012/01/sugar-free-raw-chocolate-mousse/

      The jury is obviously still out, so it’s up to you to decide what’s best for you and your body!

  • Claire

    Hi Megan,

    Congratulations for your blog,i completely love it!
    Could you suggest me another cheaper blender?
    I’d like to have the vitaminix one,but it’s a bit expensive for me…
    Thank you!

  • Claire

    Thank you so much!

  • saira

    Hi!

    got any recs for pans and cookware?
    I don’t know if I wanted to get the iron cast skillet but if you have any other recs that would be great!
    thank you!

    • I highly recommend cast iron cookware for healthy cooking and avoiding toxins. I thought I was getting the “best” when I got my All-Clad stainless steel as a wedding gift a few years ago, but I found out that the core is made of aluminum, and even though it doesn’t directly come into contact with my food, it can still leach into the air and food when heated. Bummer! So, I’m gradually upgrading as my budget allows.

      So far, I’m still cooking with a cheap Lodge cast iron skillet like this one: http://amzn.to/XrC1VR I’ve heard amazing things about Le Creuset skillets, which are also cast iron, but are coated with enamel for easier cleaning. They also don’t need to be seasoned, which is a bonus!

      For soups and stews, I have upgraded to a Le Crueset 5 1/2 qt. French oven, like this one: http://amzn.to/11tnbpV It’s AMAZING!!! Totally worth the money, since I’ll never need to replace it for as long as I live. It can cook on the stove, or in the oven, so I pretty much use it for any large meal I’m preparing.

      For baking sheets, I’m looking to buy a stoneware pan like this one: http://amzn.to/11RFB2U I haven’t tried it yet, that’s the next thing on my list to upgrade!

      Hope that helps. :)

  • Claire

    Hi Megan,

    What would you recommend to begin?
    Would it be better to buy a blender or a juicer?
    Do we need absolutely both?

    Thank you!

    • I would probably start with a good blender, so you can make green smoothies, sauces and soups. If you’d like, you can actually make “juice” with your blender by blending the fresh produce, then straining out the pulp!

  • Sarah

    Hi Megan, sorry to bother you again! :) I was wondering whether you could recommend a few good juicing recipe books? We are just getting started with our juicer, and we are very excited! :) Thank you.

  • Jess

    Hi! I was wondering if you could shed some light on the Black & Decker Mini Food Processor. I currently have a Ninja Chopper that I paid 4 times as much for, but it doesn’t puree well unless the foods are soft (i.e. cooked or contain lots of moisture). How well does the Black & Decker unit hold up to stickier combinations (like dates and almond butter for truffles or nut butters)?

    I also have a Vitamix but haven’t had any luck with using it with anything other than a high powered blender or a mild chopper. One day I’ll have that Cuisinart unit… ;) I appreciate your input and love your blog!

  • Can you use a blender to make Almond Butter, I have an Oster 14 speed that makes baby food, sauces, soups, grinds nuts and coffee. Really don’t want to purchase another appliance if I don’t have to.

    • Megan

      It depends on your blender. I felt like my motor was going to burnout in my blender when I tried to make almond butter, so I’m only willing to use my food processor for that process. My blender processes other softer nuts (like cashews, pecans, walnuts) into nut butters no problem, though.

  • leah katz

    i enjoy your recipes! noticed that you bought a drain cleaner because of hair….we use a small screen that fits right into the drain and can be bought at any hardware store. just empty out when done showering. it’s great! then you will not need to buy the drain cleaner and can avoid unnecessary plastic.

    thanks.

  • Alison

    I just bought the spiral slicer from Amazon, as well as the juicing books you recommended! I can’t wait to use them!

  • do you or anyone else on your blog have suggestions for best glassware storage?

  • Michelle

    I love your site!! Finally nice to have some recipes w/o meat that look yummy! Just starting out would you recommend a blender or food processor or both?

    • Megan

      Personally, I started off with only a blender and was able to make tons of healthy stuff with it! If you don’t want to also invest in a large food processor right away, I’d actually recommend trying this mini-food processor for making things like pesto, hummus and my cherry chocolate avocado pudding: http://amzn.to/10NkvhK I’ve owned mine for years, and still use it all the time!

  • Joan

    I see that you have a French press. I have read that it is good to double filter coffee so as to get more toxins out. What do you recommend?

  • Joan

    My sister has a Chemex! I love it… A bit slow, but great coffe. Thank you

  • Alyssa

    Do you have any recommendations for natural ans safe flea/tick control for dogs?

  • Lisa

    Hi Megan,

    Are you still taking cod liver oil? If so, what dose do you take (how many capsules?)

    Thank you

  • Sara

    Hi Megan:

    What brand of almond butter are you partial to? I have been using Artisana’s but it doesn’t look as smooth and creamy as the kind in you photos (almond butter & banana snacks).

    Many thanks!

  • Krista

    What is your all time favorite probiotic?

  • Beatrice

    Just wondering about the coconut oil you cook with. Am I looking for unrefined or refined? Just discovered your blog! I love it

    • April

      I second this question. I heard that unrefined is better for you health-wise, but that it’s smoke point is much lower so not so great for cooking with, and that refined coconut oil is good for high temp cooking. What do you know about it? Is that correct or can I also use the unrefined for my cooking?

  • Kelly

    Hi I am in need of some new pots/pans. I do have some teflon that I want to get rid of. Do you know if ceramic is a healthy alternative? I have one stainless pan but everything seems to stick even if I oil it? Any suggestions? I have seen the waterless demonstrated but really pricey!

  • Becky

    Is organic coconut oil ok or does it have to be extra virgin?

    Thank you!

  • Courtney

    i am deciding on buying a vitamix. What made you decide to buy a vitamix?

    • Megan

      The thousands of good reviews finally sold me on the Vitamix, and I love how it has the tamper– which is essential! My friends own the BlendTec, and after trying that, I much prefer the Vitamix when investing in a high-quality blender. Plus, the model I have is more affordable than some other Vitamix models: http://amzn.to/NHgOqw

  • Shopping from your links hoping it makes you some $$ as I love your website!

  • monica

    Hi Megan!

    We have 2 simple recipes which are very difficult to make with any mixer or blender. Homemade Tahini (raw sesame paste) and raw Almond butter, without any added oil or liquid!

    We tried many types of mixers & blenders with poor results and a lot of hard work + one of the new machine got burned. We really need to make our own Tahini and raw Almond butter every week, but it shouldn’t be a hard work or heavy on the machine + it shouldn’t take more than 15 min including breaks

    Kindly specify which food processor you think is best for this from your experience!?

    Thank you very much and kind regards

  • Krista

    Hi!
    I love your website :) I love all of your recipes, advice,reviews, etc!
    I was wondering if you used a steamer. I used to have one that was 3 tiers but I want to get away from the plastic. Thanks!

  • Jen

    Hi Megan – Wonderful site! I am so happy to have found it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.

    I have a question regarding coconut oil. I have heard that it is best for sauteing due to it’s higher smoking point, however, my husband does not like the mild coconut flavor it imparts.

    I’ve heard that “refined” coconut oil does not have the coconut flavor, but am not sure that “refined” coconut oil would be a healthy choice??

    Do you know anything about this?

    Many thanks for your time and expertise.

  • nicolle bekers

    Can you recommend a good water filter? Thank you and Merry Christmas!!

  • Brianna

    you should look into the Gefu Spiralfix spiral slicer! it is pretty much amazing :-)

  • Miranda

    Just wondering if Coconut oil has a short shelf life? and if you can swop back and forth from turning it from solid to liquid?

  • Miranda

    Also, I cook with Quinoa a lot. I usually cook it in the oven or sometimes boil it. I put a ton of spices in like pepper, salt, oregano, a spicy season, garlic. But it always seems to still taste bland. Not sure why.. what am I doing wrong? Any suggestions.

  • julie

    i’ve been hearing all this bad stuff on agave. that it’s processed and has as much fructose as corn syrup. what are your views on this ingredient?

  • asia

    Hi,

    can u please let us know where to get the green bottle to store the almond milk in, in your almond milk recipe.

    thanks

  • Laura Nixon

    I was shopping for a personalized(small) juicer to send with a child to college. I had found one(can’t find it now) that blended all the pulp into the juice instead of wasting some of the produce. It was around $150. Didn’t want to spend that.

    My husband doesn’t like our daughter juicing for a single drink because of the waste, even though he uses our large juicer for bulk, imperfect produce from our yard.

    Just looking for a solution to all this. Any suggesions would be appreciated. Thank you so much! I’m so excited to try some of your recipes!

  • Lexie

    hey, I was wondering which juicer of the two you have listed would you most recommend? thanks(:!

    • Megan

      If you’re brand-new to juicing, I’d get the Breville, as it makes for a much faster process. I didn’t buy the Omega juicer until I had been juicing for over 5 years, and was willing to commit nearly an hour to juicing a few times each week.

      • Lexie

        thank you so much for the response! I was wondering what you would suggest I would get the most use/health benefits from, your food processor (for nut butters) and the breville juicer or your vitamix. I want to start drinking veggie drinks and making my own nut butters but I am not sure if a juicer’s green drink is a better choice then the vitamix bleneded version.

  • Rheal

    Greeting,
    I love your blog!!!
    Question: I wanted to know if there was anywhere you would recommend to buy bulk almonds ( or nuts) on line?

  • Maria C

    Hi Meagan!
    I love love your blog!!!! I can;t wait for your new book!
    What kind of coconut milk do you recommend? I have to small kids and I don’t have the time to make it!!!

  • Angela Moore

    Hi I was wondering which nut milk bag you use. I see lots of them online but they all have controversial reviews. Thanks!

  • Rebecca

    Hi Megan-
    I absolutely love your site and look at it daily.
    When investing in a vitamix, I was wondering why you recommend that model? I’m not looking to spend the extra money on the more expensive one, but once Im making the investment I wanted to know why don’t reccomend the more expensive one>
    Thanks!
    Rebecca

    • Megan

      When I bought this model it was $150 cheaper than the 10-speed version, which a few of my friends happen to own. I can do everything they can do in the more expensive model, so it wasn’t worth it to me to spend the extra money, especially since my cheaper model is still covered with a 5-year warranty. (Vitamix actually recently sent me a brand-new pitcher, so I can attest to their great customer service, even when I purchased mine from Amazon.) The choice is totally up to you, but I’m happy I saved that chunk of money, especially since it’s a very expensive blender, regardless!

  • Ris

    Hi!
    Wondering if you have any recommendations for “healthier” pure/all natural maple syrup? I know Log Cabin and those types are mostly corn syrup and the ones from Vermont and Canada are usually best. Not sure if Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods would be the best place to get some and trust that theirs are better? (I’m in California).
    Thanks in advance for any tips!
    :) Ris

    • Megan

      Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s both carry pure maple syrup– I prefer to look for bottles marked “Grade B” for the highest mineral content.

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