5 Kitchen Gadgets to Make Meal Prep Fun and Easy

Plus two yummy recipes!

By Elle Merrill, Dietitian, Enlightened Nutrition March 10, 2021

As a dietitian, it is all too common that I run into moms, friends, coworkers, or really anyone who feels intimidated or overwhelmed by the kitchen in some way shape or form. Whether it’s cooking “fancy” meals, using complicated appliances, or finding ways to cook healthy during the week, the kitchen can be a stressful place!

I'm sharing 5 of my favorite kitchen gadgets with you to bring you some stress relief when it comes to preparing meals. Remember, putting meals together never has to be complicated, and sometimes fun gadgets or appliances can help you get the job done a little faster and easier. 

1) Meat chopper

Nothing complicated here, but super effective! Don’t reach for your typical spatula, instead get yourself one of these handy dandy meat grinders. It helps you break apart any ground meat, like beef, chicken, turkey, or sausage, much easier and faster. 

Tip: any lean ground meat can be a super easy protein for dinner. Make a taco night with some lean ground beef, turkey, or half and half of each, add some taco seasoning, chop up some fresh veggies, and you’re good to go!

2) Egg maker

I put off buying one of these for the longest time, but let me tell you, it has been so great. I know there are some of you out there like me that messes up boiling eggs every time. This little gadget takes all the guess work out of the process and makes it even faster in my opinion. 

Having hard boiled eggs on hand, or ready in a few minutes is a great way to add some high quality protein to your meals or snacks. It’s truly one of the best protein sources out there and, with this gadget making it even easier to make hard boiled eggs for your week, I definitely recommend!

3) Cast-iron skillet

Ok, so this isn’t a gadget per say, however, I am so glad I have one of these on hand. I didn’t for years because I didn’t understand the hype, but wow. Such a great way to elevate the flavor of your dishes. Even simple things like chicken breast or veggies are delicious, just by using the skillet. No more dry chicken! I often will meal prep a protein using the cast-iron skillet for diced chicken breast to have on hand to add to a salad, add to a sandwich/wrap, or eat on its’ own for dinner.

4) Air fryer

This gadget is definitely an investment, but definitely worth the consideration. You can find good deals on air-fryers too if you’re a sale shopper! I use my air fryer almost every day. Whether it’s re-heating leftovers, roasting veggies, or cooking some roasted potatoes, it really is so convenient and cuts cooking time down considerably compared to your oven. My top recommendation is roasting veggies in the air fryer. It takes 10 minutes and so easy to add to any meal. If you haven’t roasted broccoli or cauliflower before, you’re missing out! Try this easy recipe:

  • 1 head of broccoli or cauliflower cut into small heads
  • 1 tablespoon olive or avocado oil
  • Season to taste with salt, pepper, and garlic powder
  • Air fry for 10 min @375-400 degree. Shake around every few minutes during the cooking process

5) Food processor

I thought for the longest time I would never need a food processor, but I use it more than I would have guessed! Although not necessary by any means, I do find it handy for making energy bite recipes, or even making my own oat flour. Check out my go-to energy bite recipe which I make using my food processor. 

Elle Merrill is a Registered Dietitian with Enlightened Nutrition. Check out their website for free meal planning guides, individual sessions, group classes, and more!