Learn how to stock your kitchen like a registered dietitian to make healthy eating a breeze! This post focuses on dietitian kitchen essential tools and appliances.
This post wraps up the Dietitian Kitchen Essentials series. So far, I’ve shared what to ingredients to keep in your pantry, fridge, and freezer to help make healthy eating easier and more fun.
Now that you have a kitchen fully stocked with healthy foods, it’s time to make some delicious, nourishing foods! It’s just as important to have the proper tools and appliances to prepare your food, as it is to have the food itself.
This post outlines all of my essential kitchen tools and appliances. Some of these items are super affordable, while others are definitely investments that you’ll collect over time.
Dietitian kitchen essentials: tools and appliances
Cooking and baking
Stainless steel pots and pans: A stainless steel cookware set is versatile, high quality, and will last much longer than non-stick cookware. Look for copper core stainless steel, because it conducts heat more efficiently. I love this set because it comes with pretty much all the pots and pans you need for daily use. This set is similar at a more affordable price point!
12 inch cast iron skillet: Cast iron is another alternative to nonstick cookware that will last a lifetime, and gets better over time with proper care. I love cast iron because you can put it in the oven or use it on the stovetop. I don’t use it for everything, though, because it is very heavy.
2-3 good sized cutting boards: I prefer larger cutting boards because it gives you more workspace when you’re cutting up food. I also recommend using a separate cutting board for animal proteins to avoid cross contamination. These boards made from recycled plastic and renewable sugarcane look perfect!
3-4 sheet pans: Sheet pans are an essential tool for cooking and baking! Use them to roast veggies, bake cookies, and even as the platter for a mezze board. I’ve had this set of three for about 4 years, and I actually really like having different sized sheet pans for various amounts of food.
Ceramic casserole: Casserole dishes are another versatile piece of cookware. Use them to make lasagna, pasta bakes, baked oatmeal, and fruit crisps or cobblers. It can also double as a serving dish for roasted vegetables.
9×13 glass baking pan: Use this pan for larger casserole-type dishes. I also prefer to bake fish in this dish, wrapped in parchment paper.
Measuring utensils: Use dry measuring cups for grains, produce, and flours, and use wet measuring cups for liquids. You’ll also want a set of measuring spoons, especially for baking. I love this set, because they are magnetic, and the narrow end fits into spice jars!
Wooden mixing spoons: You can never have too many wooden mixing spoons! I like this set because some are solid, and some are slotted.
8 inch chef’s knife: This knife is one of the MOST essential items on this list. An 8 inch chef’s knife is incredibly versatile. If you only have one knife, this is the one to get. You can finely mince garlic, cut into thick-skinned veggies, and thinly slice foods easily and comfortably. I’ve personally had this one for 5 years, and I still reach for it every day when I cook.
Microplane zester and grater: I use this several times a week to add lemon zest to dishes or finely grate cheese. I also use it to grate ginger and garlic to add to sauces.
Silicone spatula: Use a silicone spatula in a variety of ways. Scoop every last drop of food out of a blender or food processor, and use it to flatten out thick brownie batter.
Stainless steel turner spatula: This tool is perfect for flipping eggs, burgers and veggie burgers, roasted veggies, pancakes – the list goes on! I recommend stainless steel versus plastic, because sometimes plastic can melt in high heat cooking.
Ladle: Use a ladle to easily serve soup and chili, as well as transferring ingredients to a blender when making pureed soup.
Glass storage containers: You’ll need containers to store leftovers and meal prepped foods. I love using glass containers, because they don’t stain or retain the smell of food. I love this OXO set!
Vitamix blender: Vitamix blenders are so powerful and versatile, and really can do so much more than a regular blender. Not only can you make smoothies, you can also make soups, sauces, pesto, nut butter, oat flour, and more. A new, higher tech one will run you up to $600, but you can get a good-as-new refurbished one for less than $300.
NutriBullet: If you don’t see yourself using a Vitamix blender for much else other than smoothies, I recommend a NutriBullet blender. You can make single serving smoothies, as well as some sauces and purees. I’ve even made oat flour in my NutriBullet!
Food processor: Use a food processor for tasks not suitable for the Vitamix. For recipes that don’t use a lot of liquid, I prefer to use my food processor versus Vitamix. Think energy balls, date paste, or hummus. I also use my food processor to chop and slice veggies, such as for Brussels sprouts and kale.
Stand mixer: If you love to bake, you’ll get a TON of use out of this appliance. If baking isn’t your thing, it’s not as essential for your kitchen. You can also save a bit of money by purchasing a refurbished KitchenAid mixer here, too! If you’re a little in between and you just like baking occasionally, a hand mixer is a great alternative!