real food & tools recommendations

Looking for real food that you don't have to make from scratch? Want some tools to make cooking easier? This page is dedicated to real food products and tools that I have actually bought and used. These are affiliate links, so if you buy anything after clicking through, I get a commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you! |

Black Knight Dark Roast Organic Coffee

This is my favorite coffee now. I love that it is organic and if you like strong coffee, this is for you. It is also a huge bag, so it lasts a long time.

Bob's Red Mill Rolled oats

Bob's is one of my favorite brands. We use oats a lot. Not only for oatmeal but also for making homemade granola. I love that this comes in a 4-pack so it lasts a long time before you have to reorder.

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a great healthy real food. You can cook with it, put it in coffee (yes, it's good that way, I swear), put it on your skin, in your hair, on dry, cracked feet. The possibilities are endless.

Simply Organic Spices

Although I do not buy all my spices organic, I do try to buy organic for the ones I use the most. For me it's cumin, chipotle powder, and ginger, among others.

Justin's Nut Butters
  Lately, I have been making my own, but sometimes you just don't have the time or desire to make everything from scratch. So occasionally I will buy nut butter from Justin's.

Microplane Zester

I use this to mince ginger, zest citrus fruits, and grate hard cheeses. I also use it to mince garlic. I love that this tool does the job of many instead of a garlic press that only has one use.

Fine Mesh Strainer

This is a great tool to strain homemade soup stock. I also make homemade yogurt and make it thicker, Greek-style by straining it with a cloth in this. You can rinse grains like rice and quinoa and they won't fall through the holes like in a normal strainer. It can also be used for sifting ingredients.

Immersion Blender

This is my new favorite tool. From making homemade mayo, smoothies, pureeing soup and sauce, it is perfect. I love the small size and easy clean-up as well.

Slow Cooker

I use this at least once a week. There is nothing better than having dinner ready to go after a long day. It just takes a little bit of prep in the morning and then you are done. This will keep you from grabbing highly processed foods.

Oven Thermometer

If you have a newer oven and no issues with cooking, you might be okay. But if you find things are cooking too fast or the outside cooks before the inside, you might have a problem with your oven temperatures. I bought one and found out my oven was 50 degrees off! No wonder cookies would always burn. Not only that, but my oven would beep after 10 minutes to let me know that it was preheated, but it actually took another 10-15 minutes before this oven thermometer actually registered the correct temperature. Best $5-ish investment I have made.

Meat Thermometer

Unless you are a grill master, it is hard to tell when meat is the perfect temp. This one can be placed in the oven in the meat and the gauge is left on the outside of the oven. I have also used this in place of candy thermometers. It doesn't clip on as nice, but works in a pinch.