Kitchen Tools for Vegans Who Love to Cook!

We came up with the idea of writing about kitchen tools for vegans when I realized that preparing healthy, tasty vegan meals requires a set of tools that not everybody has in a typical kitchen. As you start preparing more whole-food, plant-based (and sometimes even raw!) meals, you’ll see how these tools are not gadgets but really helpful companions on your vegan journey.

Kitchn's Delicious Links column highlights recipes we're excited about from the bloggers we love. Follow along every weekday as we post our favorites.

Dip is a get-together classic, and it's often the most-appreciated dish at any big party or potluck. It's just the thing if you want only a little taste of something. Forget the pigs in a blanket and the mini cupcakes — gimme the dip! But be warned: Once people try this "million-dollar dip" they're not going to stop at just one bite.

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The thing that sets Trader Joe's apart in a sea of other grocers is their willingness to chase down food trends, create demand for buzzy new products, and introduce shoppers to new ingredients and flavor combos in super-approachable (and affordable!) ways. And considering the frequency with which I shop at Trader Joes, I am bestowing upon myself the official title of Trend Spotter.

With my new Trend Spotting title on my resume, I made a trip to my local TJ's in search of the trendiest new items on shelves in 2019. Here's what I found so far.

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The slow cooker strikes again! With minimal work and just one ingredient (psst ... it's chicken) this recipe delivers the most delicious payoff imaginable — meat so tender and juicy it practically falls right off the bone. And it's all thanks to the small, closed environment of the slow cooker.

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New year, new meal prep goals! What is more invigorating than seeing a week's worth of meals lined up in your fridge after a Power Hour prep session? We're here for it!

To inspire you and get you going with your eating and meal prep goals, we are launching not only a meal prep email newsletter (have you signed up yet?) but also — drumroll! — our very first Kitchn YouTube series with Grace Elkus, our senior food editor. Every Thursday Grace will show you how to take an hour and a pile of groceries and chop, boil, and roll your way to meal prep stardom.

Watch the first episode below and subscribe to our YouTube channel to see a fresh Power Hour meal prep video every week.

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Have you always wanted to make vegan brownies with Dwight Schrute? Or cook cranberry turkey chili with Kevin? Well, you're in luck: Angela has a cooking show. Or, the actress who played her, Angela Kinsey, does — and it is completely and totally delightful.

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Humans have been seasoning their food as far back as six millennia ago. A piece of pottery found in Germany from 5,900 years ago contained evidence that prehistoric hunter-gatherers flavored fish and deer stews with garlic mustard seed. The difficulty of gathering that seed simply to add a dash to food proves the impetus to spice up meals is ingrained in the very fabric of humans and cooking.

And that's why when we come across a person who doesn't use a dash of anything when they cook, we have a lot to say about it.

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World Market is having a site-wide furniture sale, and we've found a few stylish picks to help you achieve (and maintain) order in your kitchen. While none of these items were traditionally designed for the kitchen, we think they're a big upgrade to a lot of the more purpose-built storages solutions out there that too often lack style. They all serve the same purpose: to free up valuable storage and counter space so you can put your creativity to work when cooking and entertaining.

The sale also includes great dining room sets, tables, and chairs. See those here, and our picks below.

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For the past 20 days the United States federal government has been shut down. That means that Congress can't come to an agreement with the president on how the U.S. Treasury should dispense funds for government projects and agencies — in this case, President Trump would like money to build a border wall, and he hasn't accepted his Democratic opponents' compromise of $1.6 billion to fund border security.

Chances are you haven't yet felt the repercussions of this stalemate in your day-to-day life, but the government shutdown has put 800,000 people on unpaid leave, affecting agencies like Commerce, Homeland Security, Transportation and yes, Agriculture and the Health Department, which could have serious consequences for the food you eat.

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For those of us with food-based allergies, mealtimes can be a minefield, especially when eating food not prepared yourself. There are an astonishing 170 different types of foods that can cause allergies, including milk, fish, eggs, and wheat — all extremely common items in American food.

According to research organization Food Allergy Research & Education (FARE), approximately 15 million people in the United States have food allergies, including more than 5.9 million children. Every year approximately 200,000 people require emergency or medical care for allergic reactions to food, so for those with allergies, innocent mistakes can turn into life-or-death situations.

But recent research, however, seems to indicate that a big chunk of the people who think they have food allergies might not have them at all.

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I've cleared out and reorganized my kitchen many times over the years, usually in conjunction with The Kitchn Cure, and every time I've learned something new: I much prefer storing my spices upright in a pull-out drawer, rather than in a wonky rack; there's a simple solution for a flaky pepper mill; and I've yet to regret my wall-mounted pot rack.

But more than anything, I've realized the secret to creating (and maintaining!) organized cabinets and shelves comes down to just one simple rule.

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For as much time as we spend in the shower, it can be hard to find the time to clean them right afterwards — which you really ought to do to attack build-up before it gets really grimy. But what if we told you we'd discovered an easy, foolproof way to clean your shower on the regular; with a cleaning tool you probably already have ... in your kitchen sink.

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We're not quite sure where we'd be without roasted vegetables. They're a simple weeknight side dish staple, a meal prep go-to, and generally our favorite way to load up on good-for-you produce. While it's easy to roast vegetables, a few general guidelines ensure you're set up for success. Here's everything you need to know, from temperature and cook time to seasonings and more.

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There's no easy way to say this, so I'm just gonna say it: I'm no longer going to take my parents out to my favorite restaurants. We will still go out to eat when they come to visit (or better yet, maybe I'll just cook for us at home!), but I'm going to stop putting so much effort into picking out the cutest, most Insta-worthy places with seasonal appetizers and entrées with the ingredient sources listed on the menu.

Here's why.

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If your New Year's resolution is to eat better, with less stress and bother, meal prep is probably the answer. The smart art of prepping ahead for your week on Saturday or Sunday can be life-changing, and we want to help make that so easy and straightforward with our Power Hour series. (Did you know that we're launching a newsletter to send these direct to your inbox every week?)

To start the year off right, here's a meal prep plan straight from my own kitchen. It's cozy, practical, and protein-heavy, with everything from pot roast and pulled chicken to slaw and oatmeal muffins. It's all the food a family of two to four needs for a week, and you can prep it all in about two hours.

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Raise your hand if you've ever tried to stick to a food budget and failed. You're not alone. That's because budgets (for food and in general) are often too rigid, says Jennifer Faherty, a certified financial planner and the founder of Financial Wealthbeing. Budgets are great in theory, but they don't always work in real life or allow for unplanned things to happen, she points out.

We asked Faherty to take a look at three old-fashioned budgeting rules that, really, no longer apply — and how to adjust them to work for modern times.

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After decades of being the fat girl in every room — the girl who'd be pretty if she'd just lose a lot of weight and the woman who's never stuck to a diet long-term, always shamed for eating the bad foods and mocked for eating the good foods — I've had enough. I'm big and beautiful and way healthier and happier than I've ever been.

Eventually, I found a way to my own idea of wellness. After going on an elimination diet and, in tandem, examining all the reasons I was so big for so long, I lost enough weight (70+ pounds) to make a big difference in my mind and my body. I was finally ready to love all my imperfect, messy, complicated parts and, ultimately, myself. Now, I'm sharing what I've learned about all those so-very-typical weight-loss recommendations the world has been telling me (and probably you) since nearly birth.

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If eating better is one of your goals for the new year, an air fryer can help — especially if it's your love for fried foods that always seems to be sabotaging your resolution to change your eating habits. These countertop gizmos will take up a bit of space in your kitchen, but really can give you the crisp and crunch that you find irresistible in a piece of Southern fried chicken or even a simple onion ring. However, not all air fryers are created equal. Here are the ones that will satisfy your craving for fries.

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For more than 30 years, I was in charge of testing and reporting on everything from wooden spoons to connected refrigerators at the Good Housekeeping Institute. I've walked the floors of every trade show and read every new product release for longer than most digital publications have existed!

My street cred? I also worked as a chef in New York City restaurants for seven years.

I've tested, used, and played with nearly every piece of kitchen gear (including air fryers) to come on the market for years. When it comes to gear, it takes a lot to...

Last fall, I was standing in line to meet one of my idols, Chrissy Teigen, at the Los Angeles launch of her latest cookbook, Hungry for More. I'd spent the past year cooking her first cookbook from cover to cover — and I was finally going to get to meet her in person to tell her about it.

But let me start at the beginning.

A few years ago, I set a New Year's resolution to cook my way through Chrissy Teigen's first cookbook, Cravings. She was one of my idols — and this was going to be my version of Julie & Julia. Except instead of Julie Powell and Julia Child, it'd be me and Chrissy. And instead of learning how to master beef bourguignon, I'd master homemade Buffalo wings.

So I got to work. I outlined what I'd hoped to do: Cook every single recipe in her book, take photos of each meal, and (because I have no shame in social media), tweet Chrissy every single time. I gave myself a year to do it all.

Fast forward to now, and I'm proud to report that I DID IT. The whole thing started out as just a fun personal challenge, but I actually ended up taking a ton away from the experience. So whether you're a beginner...

Few homes are as impressive as tiny houses in terms of use of space. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all. Even if you aren't living in super tight quarters, there are plenty of notes you can take from the creative storage solutions often found in these compact spaces, particularly in the kitchen.

Here, we scoured the littlest abodes and found nine really good, smart lessons, which you can steal for your own dwelling to maximize your square footage and style.

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I have friends that will triple-check brunch menus before we head out to make sure they serve eggs Benedict. It's not that they're that obsessed with eggs Benedict that they won't eat anything else (at least, I'm guessing), but more that they're sure they're never going to make the dish at home — and so going out to eat is the only way to enjoy it.

Wouldn't it be great if you could serve those friends Eggs Benedict from the comfort of your own kitchen — or better yet, show them how easy it is for them to make themselves? This foolproof recipe is designed for Benedict beginners, and I encourage you to give it a go this weekend. It'll sharpen your egg poaching skills, teach you a snazzy new way to make hollandaise sauce, and reward you with a bountiful plate of picture-perfect Eggs Benny.

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What do you find in your stocking on Christmas morning? Aside from the requisite candy canes and fun stocking stuffers, I always know there will be an orange (usually a clementine) resting in the toe of my stocking.

What I thought was simply a sweet family tradition actually has a lot more meaning, and it's pretty interesting.

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It's no surprise the Instant Pot is as popular as it is. In our review, the seven-gadget wonder impressed the biggest of skeptics. If you got one for Christmas this morning, well, you basically hit the present jackpot.

There are some things you should know before you use it, though. Sure, this appliance is going to save you time and space and you've heard the rumors that it makes delicious food, but if you're going to master this kitchen tool, you need to start with some other basic facts.

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A traditional mimosa is an ounce or two (depending who is pouring!) of fresh-squeezed orange juice topped with chilly Brut Champagne. Today, we're replacing those navel oranges with the brilliantly-hued juice from blood oranges. This makes a striking and delicious pitcher drink to serve at brunch. And, as we know, nothing makes brunch better than a fabulous cocktail.

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Most of us make a habit of throwing out pre-paid debit and credit cards once we've spent them, but believe it or not, they might actually be worth hanging on to. Turns out that even when they're empty, Visa gift cards and the like, can still be useful; for reasons you probably never thought of.

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Dutch baby pancakes are like a hybrid (or a love child, if you will) of a pancake, a crepe, and a popover — all in one giant skillet. It feels like a party trick, but for the breakfast crowd. I break these out whenever anyone in my house needs a little extra delight in their day.

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If you haven't had quiche lately, it is time to remedy that situation. I could eat quiche for breakfast, lunch, and dinner without ever growing tired of it, but quiche is an especially good dish for a big brunch or other casual gathering. You make it the day ahead, slice it just before serving, and then pass out the plates. This foolproof recipe has yet to disappoint.

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There's a reason I've been living in the same apartment for nearly five years. My studio apartment is in a great location, has plenty of storage for all my stuff (read: two closets!), and even boasts a cute outdoor space, which I admittedly don't use as much as I should.

I love my apartment, but of course, no home is perfect. My space has a bulky, built-in media center and a mini fridge instead of a full-sized one (really). But perhaps my apartment's biggest offense is its lack of a dishwasher.

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During the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, having an easy, crowd-pleasing, big-batch recipe in your back pocket is key — especially when it's a cocktail. A pitcher of sangria will win over any crowd, and guests can serve themselves, meaning you don't have to play bartender all night. Here are our 11 favorite holiday sangrias, ready for any and all wintertime festivities.

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You'll probably be making more than a few trips to the grocery store over the next few weeks to pick up food, libations, and cold medicine. While you're there, consider browsing the aisles to pick up a few stocking stuffers. They are a particularly good place to pick up very practical items that people will actually use, not just fun tchotchkes in cute packaging.

Here are just a few of the great stocking stuffers you can get at any grocery store.

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There is almost nothing your slow cooker can't do. You might rely on it for recipes that cook all day and drop dinners that practically cook themselves, but that's only part of what this ultra-handy appliance can do for you. From egg casseroles and soups to desserts and drinks, we're rounding up over 75 recipes to make in your slow cooker. There's something for everyone here, so consider this your ultimate list of slow cooker recipes.

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