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    30 Things For Anyone Who Loves Making Meals With Minimal Effort

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    1. An all-in-one avocado slicer that divides, pits, *and* slices your avocados for you. This nifty gadget ~halves~ the time it'll take to get these fruits ready for guacamole and toast.

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    Promising review: "Of all the kitchen gadgets I own, we use this one the most! We eat an avocado almost every day, so I love that this does everything we need! It cuts it in half effortlessly, pulls the pit, and slices the good stuff. If you are eat avocados regularly, invest in this tool. It will save you so much time and effort compared to using several different things to get the job done. I've recommended this to several friends and they've all thanked me for it! As an added bonus I like that we can wash it in the dishwasher." —KmberlyB

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    2. Essie Spice's Coco-For-Garlic sauce because your seafood, meat, and veggie meals need a major flavor upgrade. Just add this mouth-watering blend to whatever you're cooking and you won't have to sift through your pantry for more ingredients.

    Jar of Coco-For-Garlic filled with orange sauce on a table next to peppers, coconuts, and honey slab
    Essie Spice

    Essie Spice is a Black woman-owned business known for their homemade sauces and spice rubs. From Coco-For-Garlic to Mango Chili Medley, you'll find delicious blends for every dish.

    Get it from Essie Spice for $10.

    3. A microwave pasta cooker for *chef's kiss* perfect spaghetti. Even if you don't have a stove, you can still make a delicious pasta dish in minutes. Just place your noodles in the container, add water, cook in the microwave, and drain. Bon appétit!

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    Promising review: "This item is a must-have for any college student who has access to a microwave. It cooks boxed pasta as well as any pot, which can provide a welcome change to the college food. My roommate and I got heavy use out of this thing, and I honestly don't know how I would have survived living in dorms without it." —Justin S.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    4. An electric peeler that'll save you so much time if you're in the mood for baked potatoes or fruit salad. This device quickly peels veggies and fruit, so you don't have to grab a cutting board and knife to take all the skin off.

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    Promising review: "I ordered this for the sole purpose of making 10 pounds' worth of mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving. It was the best idea I have ever had. This thing is amazing. I can’t speak to how well it stands up over time, because I’ve only had it for a day, but it seriously saved me *so much time*. I also used it to peel a few apples. It is so easy to use that my 5-year-old was able to load, unload, and peel the potatoes under my supervision." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    5. A cast-iron skillet so you can cook yummy dishes like rosemary chicken, pasta with veggies, and steak fajitas. If you're whipping up dinner for a party of two, three, four, or more, this pan will quickly heat up large quantities of food. It also has great heat retention, so your meals won't get cold when it's time to eat.

    Penne with meat crumbles, tomato, basil, and cheese in a black cast-iron skillet

    Promising review: "I love this cast-iron skillet. It's perfect for the days that I don't feel like going outside to grill and it's big enough to cook enough food for my family. It's worked great and it does not stick." —Michelle A.

    Get it from Amazon for $26.95.

    6. An electric can opener for those annoying, stubborn can lids that absolutely refuse to open. With an easy touch opening lever, you won't have to waste time lifting sharp edges again while you cook.

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    Promising review: "This is a great can opener. Took a minute to figure out how to fit the can and realize it opens the cans from the side and not the top. I soon realized what a benefit this is! No sharp edges and you can snugly fit the top back on the can for refrigerator storage if you don't use the entire can of food. Very sturdy and easy to use. There is an option to lock the handle down if you don't want to hold it while it's opening the can, but it's not difficult either way." —Michelle L

    Get it from Amazon for $29.85.

    7. Taco holders to make garnishing and serving your tacos less of a project. These colorful helpers have a curved design to prevent spillage and give tortillas a rounded shape. Skip the plate and use one of these instead when you want to load up on cheese, veggies, and salsa.

    Red, orange, and yellow taco holders carrying soft shell tacos with all the fixings

    Promising review: "We have recently discovered how healthy tacos can be and this taco holder makes it easier to assemble the taco. Since we prefer a soft whole wheat taco, they are difficult to put all the ingredients in them without it collapsing or stuff popping out. Not only does it make assembly easier, but serving is more attractive and eating them is also easier."Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $14.99.

    8. A 5-in-1 countertop cooker so you can prepare mouthwatering burgers, paninis, and salmon without an outdoor grill. It cooks food quickly *and* doesn't take hours to clean. You can still have a delicious barbecue, even if you're not dining al fresco.

    Gray and black 5-in-1 countertop cooker with fresh orange pepper slices, broccoli florets, and a slab of salmon
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    It works as a contact grill, panini press, full grill, full griddle, and half grill/half griddle. Think of all the counter space (and cooking time) you'll be saving with this baby!

    Promising review: "This is an amazing griddle. I bought this when my roommate and I first moved into our apartment. The reason for this purchase was two-fold: we had no grill in the common apartment ground area, plus we weren't allowed to have a grill on the balcony and we wanted a waffle iron. The plates interchange very easily, are nonstick, and despite being over a year old, heavily used, and cleaned in the dishwasher, they still remain in great condition. It is easy to use and I can honestly say it was one of my best purchases for the kitchen." —ELL

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    9. An electric hot pot that's perfect for dorm living and will let you cook anything from ramen bowls to eggs in minutes. This gadget doesn't require a stove top and has an adjustable temp setting. Yes to chowing down on your incredible meal while chilling in bed.

    Reviewer's white electric hot pot filled with ramen noodles, veggies, and tofu
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    Promising review: "This will make your life super easy as far as heating food is concerned. It's great for roommates who can't use the kitchen with freedom. Of course great for dorms. Super easy to clean and maintain. The spatula that comes with it is a great addition. I've used it daily for almost two months now. Can't praise it enough." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    10. A microwave bacon cooker because you'll get to eat crispy bacon and not spend so much time making it. This gadget cooks bacon in minutes and doesn't soak pieces in fat drippings. If your old skillet isn't ~meating~ your cooking expectations, this gadget def will.

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    Promising review: "I hated cooking bacon on the stove because there is always some splatter, even when you use a screen to keep it at a minimum. I have done bacon in the oven and it still splatters everywhere. So I started my search and came across this wonderful microwave bacon cooker. It is as simple as hanging your bacon on this rack and covering it up with some paper towels. It catches the bacon fats that I need for other recipes and is microwave safe. I am so pleased that I plan to buy another for making more for larger recipes." —Robert

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    11. A jar scraper spatula to help you scoop up every last bit of jam for bread. It's shaped like a cute Platypus and also doubles up as a knife, so you can spread your PB&J or toast with ease (and use a crappy spoon when you're hangry).

    Hand uses platapus-shaped jar scraper spatula to spread jam on piece of bread with peanut butter

    Promising review: "This is such fun to use! I really like the shape and design. I've had a much easier time getting more out of containers and the bottoms of jars with this handy little platypus. Plus it's great for other things too, I recently used it to perfectly smooth icing on a small cake. The possibilities are endless when it comes to platypi." —Victoria Hoover

    Get it from Amazon for $15.20.

    12. A three-in-one veggie chopper, slicer, and spiralizer so you can have plant-based ingredients ready before cooking. You'll get perfectly diced cucumbers, tomatoes, and onions for every meal 👏.

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    Promising review: "Needed something to take the edge off Taco Tuesdays and all the veggie chopping. We were able to cut down prep to five minutes versus 15 minutes, and use the extra time to enjoy a conversation with family during dinner. Do yourself a favor and pick up this lifesaver for at-home cooks." —Mark Marin II

    Get it from Amazon for $26.97.

    13. A Dash Rapid egg cooker because it makes ~eggcellent~ hard-boiled eggs, scrambled eggs, poached eggs, and omelets for your entire crew. This gadget cooks up to six (yes, six!) eggs at once. All you have to do is place the eggs inside, set a timer, and the buzzer will go off in a few minutes when they're done.

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    One of my colleagues swears by this small gadget, which has helped them whip up quick breakfasts in the morning and requires minimal cleanup. You can read more of their Dash Rapid Egg Cooker review.

    Promising review: "How does a busy mom who loves to start the day with a hearty breakfast squeeze in a bit of yoga before the day begins? With this handy hard-boiled egg maker! I just plug this baby in, pour in the water and add my eggs and a few minutes later, voila! my eggs are made. I pop some bread in the toaster, and let the eggs cool while I do a 15-minute yoga routine before the family descends on the kitchen for breakfast. It is so convenient and makes me smile! It's a great way to start the day!" —J. Austin

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in six colors).

    14. A bamboo cutting board with a juice groove that'll catch any water or liquid while you're slicing fruit or veggies. The next time you're chopping up celery or a watermelon, you won't make a mess all over your counter and save so much time on cleanup.


    It even comes with a phone slot, in case you need to read recipes while you're prepping all your ingredients!

    Promising review: "This board fits across my kitchen sink which makes more counter space. I can carve and serve a whole chicken with ease. Haven’t used the smartphone slot yet but I like knowing it’s there for future reference." —Food52 Customer

    Get it from Food52 for $59.

    15. A food chopper to ~cut~ your meal prep time in half and reduce the mess on your countertop. You can mash ground meat, fruit, and veggies with ease in glass bowls and skillets.


    Promising review: "The chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc. much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don't normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier. The nylon material is heat-resistant and seems durable, but the packaging still directs not to leave on a hot surface when not in use." —Karen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in three colors).

    16. A meal delivery service such as HomeChef so you can try different recipes *and* not spend hours in line at the supermarket. Ingredients and recipe cards are sent straight to your door, making it easy to cook new dishes that'll delight you and the fam.

    HomeChef Box with recipe ingredients, including veggies, meat, and fish, on a kitchen counter next to a booklet of recipe cards

    Here's how it works: Choose new recipes each week tailored to your dietary preferences, use the optional "Customize It" feature to swap ingredients, upgrade, or double up on protein, get your recipe ingredients sent to your door, and you're ready to cook! There's even a "Ready in 15" selection, just in case you prefer super quick meals throughout the week.

    Promising review: "All the food has been amazing and easy to follow. Not only is the food delish, but it helps take the stress out of my family’s hectic schedule and broadens our palate to not eat the same meals over and over. Two thumbs up." —HomeChef Customer

    Get HomeChef meals starting at $6.99 per serving.

    Get $15 off each of your first four boxes with promo code BUZZFEEDHC60!

    17. A salad spinner because it'll spin your greens to perfection and get them ready for salads. You won't have to waste time picking out soggy spinach leaves before you add dressing, cheese, and croutons.


    Promising review: "Its large size allows the greens (or lettuce, or herbs, etc.) to quickly release the water from rinsing. Dump out the liquid, and spin again for ready-to-use produce. One push on the large knob is all it takes!" —Target Customer

    Get it from Target for $29.99.

    18. A pair of shredding claws for brisket, chicken, and pulled pork sandwiches. You can easily grasp and shred pieces of meat (no carving knife required) for your next barbecue or picnic. They're also melt-proof, so you won't have to worry about excessive heat ruining them.

    Hands use two black shredding claws to cut up pulled pork on a white plate

    Promising review: "We love barbecuing on the grill and the bear claws help picking up the meat easily and turning it over. Pulled pork is a favorite of ours and the claws pull apart the meat, chicken or pork with ease. These are very durable as well." —Nadine D Piatt

    Get them from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in four colors).

    19. A veggie spiralizer because you can whip up a bunch of zoodle dishes without having to peel *and* chop up squash or zucchini beforehand. Pesto and stir-fry are coming right up.

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    Promising review: "I love that the spiralizer is compact and takes up little space; in fact, it easily fits into a kitchen drawer. It makes beautiful spiral veggies, which opens up endless possibilities for creating healthy veggie noodle and beautiful salad additions to your table. Easy cleanup; cup is dishwasher-safe, and the blade rinses off easily. I couldn’t have ordered this at a better time with all of the fresh flavorable summer vegetables available." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    20. A Dozen Cousins' Beans Variety Pack that'll ~hit the spot~ if you need make a side dish: Each bean variety is packed with flavor *and* only takes 60 seconds to heat up. You and the fam will get to nosh on Cuban Black Beans, Mexican Cowboy Pinto Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry whenever it's time for dinner.

    A Dozen Cousins Variety Pack in colorful pouches lined up next to veggies and spices
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    A Dozen Cousins was founded by Ibraheem Basirgrew and aims to introduce foodies to Caribbean, Creole, and Latin American cooking. They're known for their delicious bean-based foods, including Refried Black Beans, Cuban Black Beans, and Trini Chickpea Curry.

    Get six pouches from A Dozen Cousins for $24.99.

    21. A pizza maker so you can bake a pepperoni pie or quesadillas in a pinch. You'll be glad you didn't have to wait hours for your cheesy creation to come to life.

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    Promising review: "I bought it thinking it was a gimmicky pizza maker, but it does so much more period of course. I've made pizza with it twice now, one from scratch and one from frozen. Tonight we've baked cookies, a pumpkin pie, and I made an entire half turkey breast with stove top stuffing on the side." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $48.23.

    22. A breakfast sandwich maker to whip up a heavenly combo of eggs, peppers, and ham on an English muffin whenever you are craving brunch. Just place your ingredients into this press and bam, breakfast is served. No more using a million pans and a flimsy cutting board to get the job done.

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    Promising review: "I am actually excited for my weekday breakfast now. These homemade McMuffins are so good! My favorite version uses sliced tomatoes, Swiss cheese, and precooked bacon. So many options, so easy! My kindergartner and my teenager both love it. It's also easy to clean with a quick wipe down." —Joolie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99 (also available in three colors).

    23. A Ninja Foodi that'll be like your personal chef if need a meal on the fly: It comes with two cooking lids — a pressure one (for pressure cooking, slow cooking, steaming, and sautéing) and a crisping one (for air frying, baking, broiling, and roasting). You can make anything from a roasted chicken to crispy eggrolls to cheesecake with this multi-tasking gem.


    In addition to the two lids, this unit also comes with a 5-quart ceramic-coated pot (that's non-stick and PTFE/PFOA-free), a 4-quart ceramic-coated air frying basket (also non-stick and can hold up to a five-pound chicken or three pounds of French fries), a stainless steel reversible rack, and a recipe book that'll solve the dilemma of "I don't know what I'm having to eat."

    Promising review: "I freaking love my Ninja. I cook for two in my household and I get very annoyed using a full oven or even dealing with the stove. In the last month, I have made 90% of my meals using the Ninja Foodi. It's efficient, easy to clean, convenient, and makes all my food yummier. Some of the things I love to make, yummy weekend brunch, chicken wings, the french fries are perfectly crispy and soo much more and this past weekend I even made homemade pop tarts. What a universal machine." —Roobss

    Get it from Amazon for $159.99.

    24. A set of herb scissors because you'll save so much ~thyme~ on prepping ingredients before cooking. Five-blade shears help you avoid herb chunks and an ergonomic handle ensures a safe grip.

    Reviewer uses green pair of herb scissors to cut up fresh herbs on a cutting board
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    Promising review: "I bought this out of curiosity. When I used it first time, it felt clumsy and I was not sure how much pressure to use. But now I use it to cut herbs and even spinach and other leafy vegetables. It works great each time. It is easy to clean as well because of the cap has slits that reach into the scissors slots and remove the pieces stuck in there. I love it." —Alka Dighe

    Get them from Amazon for $23.50.

    25. A baking mat set so your salmon and asparagus duo can heat up well without causing a mess. Place one of these on a baking sheet if you don't want to deal with drippings or moisture after an oven session.

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    This set comes with two half- and two quarter-sized silicone cooking mats, a silicone brush, and a silicone spatula for easy, breezy seasoning.

    Promising review: "These baking mats really work I use them to roast vegetables. All you do is place the mat on top of your baking pan and place your vegetables on top. When you are done the pan has no mess and the baking pad is easy to clean. I had my family over for dinner and they all liked it as well, so I gave all the extras away. Love them for baking and broiling." —Amazon Customer

    Get a set of six from Amazon for $26.75.

    26. A big waffle maker that'll cook up to four waffles (or Churaffles = a combination of churro and waffles) at a time for weekend brunch. Cleanup is also easy too, thanks to its nonstick surface that won't leave a greasy residue.

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    Promising review: "We absolutely love this tool. We are working on a Keto/low-carb diet and these help us make several slider size 'chaffles' at a time. It's a total game-changer. On a low-carb diet, it's a challenge to not just make a quick sandwich, making several batches of these ahead of time allows me and the family to grab a quick bite. Love it!" —Shelby Roberts

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

    27. A four-in-one burger press to create homemade quarter-pound, half-pound, three quarter-pound, *and* restaurant-sized stuffed sliders. This tool makes molding so easy (no rolling pin required!) and your patties will be perfectly shaped for grilling.

    Black four-in-one burger press with ground meat, jalapeños, cheese, and onions inside

    Promising review: "I love my hamburger press! Different-sized burgers can be easily made — even sliders! You can also stuff them with different cheeses. Just throw it in the dishwasher to clean." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. An Our Place pan that'll sub for so much cookware and double up as a cute piece of kitchen decor. This baby is a sauté pan, fry pan, nonstick pan, steamer, skillet, saucier, and saucepan in-one to make your cooking dreams complete.

    Blue Our Place Always pan with attachable wooden spatula  on a white tablecloth
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    Hate dripping meat juice or sauce on your countertop? You won't have to worry anymore, because it comes with a built-in spoon rest and an attachable spatula for seamless stirring.

    Promising review: "This pan is everything! I went from making pasta in the basket to steaming broccoli in it and then finishing my meal in there. Then I forgot about cleaning it because I’m lazy and the nonstick cleaned up so easily. Also it looks really cute sitting on my stove all day." —Our Place Customer

    Get it from Our Place for $145 (available in five colors).

    29. An air fryer to make all the barbecue sides you can dream of: This baby heats up fries, wings, and more delights without a nasty grease pool, thanks to air crisp technology. Plus, it fits up to 6 quarts of food if you are cooking for yourself and friends.

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    Promising review: "My husband and I are extremely happy with our air fryer! We have made wings twice (better than any wing place we’ve eaten at) two different types of french fries, potato skins, and the kids' chicken tenders and fish sticks. (Perfect amount of crispy!) It's huge but perfect for a family of six!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99+ (available in four colors).

    30. And a knife sharpener that'll get your blades in perfect shape for dicing onions, meat, tofu, and more. All you have to do is slide your knife into one of the slots and pull the knife through the slot from heel to top in your direction. No more struggling to chop up ingredients when you need to get dinner on the table ASAP.

    Hand uses green Goodful knife sharpener to sharpen large silver knife

    Promising review: "This is a handy little gadget for those of us unfamiliar with how to sharpen knives. I use it each time I want my knife honed to a good clean blade. Just insert the blade into its sharpener and pull it back towards you. Don't worry about getting it in the wrong sharpener, all of them work!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from BuzzFeed's Goodful Collection on Amazon for $9.99.

    You, when you *finally* finish cooking an easy meal:


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