Kitchen Appliances for Busy Families

In every healthy kitchen there are certain must have items that will make your prep time faster and your cooking process easier. Fortunately, we have taken some of the guesswork out of finding these items, and hunted them down for you. From the immersion blender, which makes pureeing those healthy soups and smoothies a breeze (can you say easy clean up?), to the crock pot, which is the ALL TIME BEST time saver in a healthy kitchen, these items are all essential. We are sure each one of these will be going straight to your wish list, or your shopping cart if you just can’t wait!

Rice and Pasta Cooker by Progressive 

Need a quicker, easier way to steam rice, pasta or veggies? Let us introduce you to the Rice and Pasta Cooker from Progressive and you can start preparing these kid favorites quickly in your microwave. Make up to 12 cups at once when entertaining or to save as leftovers for the next day. The included accessories make cooking your rice, pasta and vegetables so easy, you will never need to wait for water to boil again (okay it will at least be less frequent). 

Accessories include a pasta draining insert, veggie steaming insert, measuring cup, and rice paddle. The Prepworks Microwave Rice and Pasta Cooker is BPA-free and can be used with all types of pasta or rice. Don’t worry, the quality of the food will not suffer! Your pasta will be just as tender and your rice and veggies steamed to perfection. Once again, clean up is easy, this kitchen essential is dishwasher safe!

 Electric Knife by Cuisinart 

Carving meat, cutting veggies and slicing bread will never be the same once you start using the Cuisinart Electric Knife! Talk about saving time in the kitchen, it takes seconds to start slicing with the one touch pressure-activated on/off button, just plug in the cord and get started. This kitchen essential has a comfortable ergonomic handle that can easily be used by both left-handed and right-handed people. You will love how easy it is to carve your Thanksgiving turkey this year!

This Cuisinart Electric Knife comes with a carving blade and a bread blade that are stored in a solid wood butcher block when not in use. This sleek butcher block is designed to save space on your countertop or in your drawer and has a safety lock system. It also includes out-of-sight storage for the generous 4-foot cord. The BPA-free, stainless steel blades are high quality and made to last through many years of family dinners. 



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Cuisinart Smart Stick PowerTrio High Torque Blender

Tired of dragging out your large stand mixer, full size food processor, or blender? If you’re a kitchen gadget junkie, always seeking the latest and greatest, but lack the space to store all your kitchen electrics (or simply want to eliminate the hassle that comes along with using large kitchen tools), the Cuisinart Smart Stick PowerTrio High-Torque Blender is a dream. This compact tool does the work of three food prep appliances – it’s a 4-cup food processor, blender, and power whisk all in one. The power that’s packed into the Smart Stick’s compact size will blow you away.

The 400-watt (yes, 400!) motor will allow you to accomplish even the most complex kitchen task – from pureeing soups right in the pot, to slicing veggies and shredding cheese, to making the smoothest of gravies, to whipping cream, to grinding cookies for the perfect pie crust – the Cuisinart Smart Stick PowerTrio does it all, and cuts down on your kitchen clutter (and who wouldn’t want that?). Switching between the various attachments is simple, and the Smart Stick is easy to clean. Your family will think you’re straight off the set of Top Chef with the gourmet soups, drinks, and meals you will be able to make with ease.

Whether you’re a culinary genius, or if your idea of cooking is throwing a frozen pizza in the oven, the Smart Stick PowerTrio will immediately become a staple item in your kitchen, and you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it before. We personally love it for whipping up some of our dairy-free ice cream, purees for baby, and fresh homemade hummus.

Presto Pro SaladShooter

The Presto Pro SaladShooter is good for slicing or shredding vegetables, fruits, and cheese, but it’s versatile enough to chop nuts, grate chocolate, even make bread and cracker crumbs.  Just point and shoot right where you want.  Although it makes regular slices for salads this is not just a salad shooter, it makes thick slices for apple pie, shreds potatoes for hash browns and cheese for pizza.

The Presto Pro SaladShooter’s unique features that make it so adaptable include four interchangeable cones for making regular slices, thick slices, ripple cuts, and shreds, plus a handy funnel guide.  To top it off, it’s very easy to clean up.  The base wipes clean, and everything else is dishwasher safe.


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Cuisinart 3-In-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker

A slow cooker is every mom’s best friend. What could be better than throwing a few ingredients in the pot during nap time and then removing the lid hours later with dinner ready to eat?

We love the 3-in-1 6-Quart Multi-Cooker by Cuisinart, because it allows you to slow cook, brown/saute and steam, with one touch to switch modes when a recipe calls for combination cooking.  So you can brown meat and saute or steam veggies, and then combine everything to slow cook for a few hours. For healthy cooking, a steaming rack is included so you can steam anything from artichokes to shrimp.

The large, blue LCD screen makes for an easy-to-read timer and temperature settings and the stainless steel finish makes it an attractive appliance for your counter top.

Once your meal is ready, it will automatically shift to “Keep Warm” mode, so your dinner will be warm and waiting for you whenever your family can sit down to eat. The 6-quart non-stick aluminum cooking pot can be lifted and removed for serving, and it is lightweight and easy to clean in the dishwasher. The glass lid features a cool-touch handle so you can check on your meal without using a hot pad!

Prepworks from Progressive Int’l Fruit Chopper

Not many things taste better than foods cooked with fresh fruits and vegetables, but so often we shy away from cooking foods that require lots of prep work because we don’t want to spend so much time tediously cutting fruits and vegetables into tiny pieces. A chopper solves that problem, allowing busy moms to easily chop, slice and dice your favorite ingredients to perfection, whether it be fruits & veggies, nuts, chocolate and more, all without the mess of a cutting board and with the ease of one hand.

We recommend the Prepworks from Progressive Int’l Fruit Chopper because it includes 3 different cutting trays, a measuring container (with a non-skid base) that food is cut into, a cleaning tool, and a plastic box to tuck everything inside for easy storage. Each of the trays also includes a side blade which eliminates the need for pre-cutting.

The pieces are all dishwasher safe, so cleanup is a breeze and the mess stays contained, unlike if you were to use a knife, cutting board and measuring cups. Enjoy fresh salsa, pico de gallo, soups, stir fry, trail mix and more without much effort on your part!

Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-IQ

With Spring we get the urge to get in shape and start to fit into our summer wardrobe.  One of the best ways to stay healthy is by juicing and creating nutritious shakes.  Did you know that not all juicers and blenders work the same way to hold all the nutrients from the food you process?  The Nutri Ninja Blender is unique in that it truly holds up to the nutritional value of your food.  The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo with Auto – IQ is a powerful blender and performs so well that even your green smoothies will be smooth with no gritty feel.  This blender can make some fabulous smoothies, which will get you consuming a lot more fruits and vegetables.

The unique IQ programs mix all the ingredients without having to remove the lid and pushing them down.  All you need to do is simply select the Auto-iQ program that you want and in seconds your shake will be ready.  The best part is that the Pro Extractor Blades and Ninja power break down whole foods, ice & seeds for maximum nutrient & vitamin extraction in the Nutri Ninja Cups.  That is what ensures that you will get as much nutrition as possible from the foods that you blend together .  You will extract complete nutrition from whole fruits and vegetables and easily stay in shape with the healthy drinks.

Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker

If you like your water and drinks with a little fizz and want to be able to have it at home, it’s easy to instantly add bubbles to water, fruit juice, wine and cocktails without going to a restaurant or opening up a can of soda water with the Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker.  Using a soda maker you can create healthy alternatives to your favorite store-bought beverages by flavoring drinks naturally with fruits, herbs or spices, and the CO2 pressure will diffuse the aromas for flavorful drinks.
The Mastrad Purefizz Soda Maker is very easy to use; you simply fill the bottle, close with stopper, insert CO2 cartridge, shake and serve.  Unlike other sparkling soda makers, there is no limitation to this soda maker; you can carbonate any of your favorite liquids.  The sleek Purefizz Soda Maker is a modern addition to your kitchen and can also be easily cleaned in the dishwasher.

Waring Toaster

The Waring Toaster’s four 1.3″ wide toasting slots are wider than most toasters and are good for toasting all types of bread.  It can handle anything from English muffins, frozen waffles, to Texas Toast or even bagels.  It features two separate controls, which include adjustable shade control and a cancel knob.  This toaster doesn’t just toast, but it has Bagel and defrost settings with LED indicators.  Using this toaster is effortless with self-centering slots, which position items for even toasting and a high-lift carriage feature lifts them up for easy removal. Cool-touch housing and an easy slide-out crumb tray make this toaster easy to clean. 


Waring Toaster



Want to discover even more awesome products for your kitchen? Take a peek at our Top Kitchen Essentials For Families for everything from meal calendars to spice containers to state of the art soap dispensers.


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