Cooking with natural ingredients and making tasty meals which do not contain chemicals and lots of highly processed ingredients is fairly simple. It does not need to be time consuming, and it does not need to cost the earth.
But what it does need is a stocked kitchen. If you want to have most of the basic ingredients on hand for making the recipes I post – or for other healthy recipes found around the web, then here is a list of what I can not do without. I have made most of the links affiliate links to amazon.
Herbs, Spices, Oils & Vinegars
- Himalaya salt
- Black pepper
- White pepper
- Apple cider vinegar
- Virgin olive oil
- Coconut oil
- Dried parsley
- Dried basil
- Dried oregano
- Dried cilantro
- Dried coriander seeds
- Dried garlic powder
- Cloves powdered
- Cayenne pepper
- All purpose curry powder
As far as other grocery items go I try to stick to good quality organic products where I can. Cooking with organic food which is free from contaminants is one of the top steps which one can make towards eating better and promising oneself long term health. If you are struggling to find good quality organic fruit, vegetables and meat in stores nearby, there might be some online options which will deliver.
As far as I know the following companies will deliver orders placed in all States. If you live outside of the US and have some additions for this list of online organic merchants, please let me know in the comments.
Online Places to Order Organic Fruit, Veg & Meat
- Amazon – amazon has opened their Amazon Fresh section, where one can find a surprising selection of organic fruit and veg.
- There are also other outlets such as Grub Market. If any of you have used these and would like to recommend – please let me know in the comments. : )
- US Wellness Meats / Grassland Beef sells their products online and delivers by fedex. They stock a fairly wide range of different meats.
Again – if you have a recommendation, don’t hesitate to let me know and I will add it if looks good.
My Cooking Equipment
My cooking equipment is pretty basic. I do not even have a proper oven! But what I have works fine, and ends up being pretty energy efficient as well.
Stove & Oven
- 2 plate induction stove – I love this thing! I bought it a year ago, and haven’t looked back. It has incredible heating power. A pot of oil for chips heats up in no time! Besides its speedy performance, it is also very energy efficient. It has a very small impact on our utilities bill. It is also quite safe, because there is no open flame, and it will switch off the moment there is not pot on the ring. So no chance of leaving a plate on and leaving the house like with electric stoves. Can’t happen.
- Convection oven – My out of wedlock sister gifted me this and it is awesome. Of course you cannot bake sheets of cookies in it, but for roasting meat and veg it is ideal! Really efficient and streamlined. And if I am not using it, I can simply pack it in the cupboard.
What I Can’t Live Without
Besides the basic cooking apparatus, there are a few things that I just could not live without. Well, that’s a bit dramatic. Im sure I would live. But I definitely would not be doing much cooking!
- My Wok. My wok is old and it’s handle is broken – but it is absolutely indispensable. If you are a stirfry lover, you need a wok – so much less mess and such easy tossing of vegetables!
- Stick Blender. If you have read any of my recipe posts then you will see that I wax lyrical about this thing. I really feel that all other blenders can be dispensed with. As in not manufactured anymore. The reason for this is that with the stick blender I can do anything. Soup? Simply insert the thing into the pot, wizz wizz and you have a creamed pot of soup. My favorite is humus. I can remember so many times trying to make humus in my blender. More liquid…. and some more liquid…. and eventually I would have humus.. but not that lovely stiff kind, more of a liquidy variety. Ew!
- Julienne Peeler. I do not have a spiralizer. But I do have a julienne peeler! And it is great. I can make spiralized noodles with it, or simple use it to cut the beautiful skinny beetroot slices that you so often see in those classy ultra modern salads. You know, the ones that usually make one suddenly feel ashamed of your ‘classic’ cucumber + tomato + lettuce numbers.
- Solid knife. You need a thick knife people. I have personally lived for about 1 month with only bread knifes on hand. By some twist of fate, I am the proud owner of 4 bread knifes, and one ‘proper’ knife. The proper knife was away being sharpened by my Dad, who I had confidently informed ‘Oh I have lots of knifes, take your time!’ Try cutting a pumpkin with a bread knife. Incredibly infuriating.
- Sharp Grater. There is nothing worse that a blunt grater. If yours is in that state, throw it out and treat yourself to a new one. It’s worth the avoided incremental frustration.
And that is about it! You do not need fancy gadgetry to cook with. Which of course doesn’t meant that there aren’t loads of things I secretly hanker over!
#1 A Bread Maker! I actually have a bread maker, but it is ‘being fixed’ (which can take years) so during this season of time whence my bread machine is being fixed, I shall hanker. For it, or for a new one!