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21 Things That Will Make Cooking And Prepping Vegetables So Much Easier

Get your greens in.

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1. A handy double steamer so you can cook different veggies and dishes in their own compartments.

Picky eaters who hate their foods touching, this one's for you.

Get it from Amazon for $36.57.

Recipe inspiration: vegetable dumplings (The Woks of Life), steamed veggies with quinoa & sesame ginger dressing (Vegan Yack attack), and steamed vegetable manchurian in gravy (Saffron Trail)

2. A salad spinner that would actually be offended if you ~only~ use it to dry your lettuce and spring greens.

Examples of other uses: remove excess moisture from grated potatoes or other vegetables (like broccoli florets and leeks), defrost frozen shrimp, and drain/dry pasta. (And not food-related, but it's also an awesome way to wash your bras.)

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

3. Storage pods that can prolong the life of your herbs and veggies for up to three weeks.

There's a small, refillable water well at the bottom of the container to keep the stems fresh.

Get a set of three for $28.99.

You can also try tossing these BluApples into your produce drawers to preserve freshness, which absorbs the ethylene gas that's responsible for rotting.

4. A vegetable spiral slicer for endless pasta substitutes that won't break the carbs bank.

Get it from Amazon for $28.70.

Recipe inspiration: cucumber noodles with coconut lime cumin dressing (Rawmazing) and beef pho made with sweet potato noodles (Reclaiming Yesterday)

5. A trusty blender that doubles as a sports bottle so you can make your favorite green smoothie and be on your merry way.

Get it from Amazon for $28.

Recipe inspiration: green rehydration smoothie (Sprouted Kitchen) and freezer smoothie packs, six ways (Half Baked Harvest)

6. Handy silicone food savers for all the times you only end up using half of a tomato or avocado for a recipe.

Get a set of four from Amazon for $9.99.

7. A basic food processor for all of your shredding, chopping, and puréeing needs.

Get it from Amazon for $39.95.

Recipe inspiration: 12 ways to use a food processor via Pinch of Yum, like making homemade pesto for healthy baked pesto rigatoni

8. An easily portable electric grill that can be used on your kitchen countertop for perfectly smoky vegetables.

Who says grilling's only for summertime?

Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

Recipe inspiration: quinoa stuffed grilled zucchini and grilled balsamic portabellos (A Couple Cooks)

9. A programmable slow cooker for healthy meal portions that will last you the entire week.

Get it from Amazon for $39.99.

Recipe inspiration: split pea curry, zucchini lasagna (Slow Cooker Gourmet), and mashed cauliflower (365 Days of Slow Cooking)

10. Plastic liners that go straight from your slow cooker to the trash can, saving yourself an extra round of cleaning.

Get two boxes from Amazon for $10.99 (or three for $13.99).

11. A cast iron skillet that you can cook your veggies directly on top of without having to grease.

Probably also safer than using nonstick sprays with their chemicals and whatnot.

Get a 10.25" skillet from Amazon for $20.09 or a set of 3 for $28.99.

12. Bendable chopping boards that make cutting up your veggies way easier.

Just chop, fold in half, and dump everything in. No spills!

Get a set of five from Amazon for $12.99.

13. An adjustable, handheld mandoline slicer that has three different thicknesses for you to work with.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

14. A simple leaf-shaped utensil that seamlessly strips kale, collards, and herb leaves from their stems so you can get a head start on your dinner prep.

Get it from Amazon for $7.77.

Recipe inspiration: kale guac (Healthy Recipe Ecstasy), kale & black bean brownies (Tiffany Haugen), and sun-dried tomato cheezy kale chips (Oh She Glows)

15. A reusable spraying bottle that prevents you from drenching everything in oil.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

16. A pepper corer for quick removal of pesky seeds and stems.

Get it from Amazon for $5.36.

Recipe inspiration: turkey stuffed peppers (Skinny Taste), sweet potato hash & egg stuffed poblano peppers (No Spoon Necessary)

17. A snap-over colander so you can drain your canned foods faster than you can say, "these pickles kinda smell."

Get it from Amazon for $5.68.

18. A multifunctional bowl that makes prepping, draining, and eating salads a breeze.

Less dishes, less problems. To future quicken the process, these chopping salad tongs could also be of use.

Get it from Amazon for $16.06.

Recipe inspiration: autumn bliss salad with stuffing croutons, creamy tahini chopped salad, and kale, miso, and soft egg salad (A Beautiful Mess)

19. A zester/grater that gives your meals an ~extra fine~ boost of flavor with ingredients like garlic, onions, and ginger.

Get it from Amazon for $9.95.

20. A tabletop pizza oven for making healthier, veggie-friendly versions of your favorite food.

Get it from Amazon for $148.16.

Recipe inspiration: cauliflower crust pizza (Deliciously Ella) and butternut squash veggie pizza (Minimalist Baker)

21. A three-in-one slicer that's so easy to use that it will have you adding avocado to every meal.

In my heart, avocados are vegetables. My feelings don't have to make sense.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

Recipe inspiration: avocado tartines with gribiche egg salad (The Sprouted Kitchen), stuffed avocados four ways (Food Heaven Made Easy), and panko baked avocado tacos (Minimalist Baker)

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