Hmmmm….so it's already the 16th and you are still not done with your shopping?
Uh – me neither. But then, we don't do much shopping for Christmas. I think I'm glad about that.
It's a really busy time of the year in our household. My husband is a professor so he is busily administering finals and grading them along with final papers. And that in addition to the used van purchase that has turned into a major crisis. You can see my Facebook post for a few more details. I should just write a post about this. And a “where to and where not to shop for used cars” post soon. :-). I literally worked on this for 4+ hours yesterday.
Not much time for festivities with that kind of schedule, huh?
Well, it's still Advent and it's still Christmas.
So, I just thought that, in case you were still looking for something for that health-focused person in your life, (or that not-so-health-focused person in your life who needs a push in the right direction), or you are being asked what others can get for you, here is a list of some of what I consider to be Things that I Love list.
First, a few more pricey items and then the less expensive ones – something for every budget.
Yes, you've read my posts on why I think the dehydrator is wonderful for everything from making crispy nuts to fruit leathers to dried herbs and kale chips! Why, next year you could even surprise your friend with some jarred Seasoned Sun-dried Tomatoes that you made yourself!
This is something that I use daily. And I sometimes have 3 going on my stove at the same time! Read my post on Reducing Pressure in the Kitchen with a Pressure Cooker. The Kuhn Rikon is the brand that I like (the Ecomatic is much less expensive version), but I have heard great things about others, including Fissler. I hope to have a review of theirs and a giveaway in 2012!
Yes – pricey. Yes – worth it. We have saved the purchase price many times over with the money that we save making whole food ice creams, shakes and smoothies. I even resurrected a botched vegan whipped cream recipe in the Vitamix just a few months ago (yes, I hope to share an unbotched version soon!)
This is a new tool in my kitchen. I wasn't planning on buying these but I finally did and I am really glad (I did get mine for a much better price at Williams Sonoma, believe it or not). It saves the unnecessary step of putting soups in blenders to puree and I used it to blend a chocolate dish the other night. That would have been a really messy clean up other wise. The Bamix is a nice (yet more expensive option) and touts itself as being able to make non dairy whipped creams with very cold milk alternatives. I will for sure be trying this soon!
5. Stainless steel mixing bowls
I finally bought a nice set of these about a year ago and I use them all the time. I like second hand for a lot of things, but I wasn't happy wondering what my bowls were actually made with. In the kitchen, it is often better safe than sorry. Mine are a Kirkland set from Costco. These from Oxo are a bit more pricey, but they have great reviews.
This book by Cybele Pascal isn't gluten free and has quite a bit of sugar in it, but a number of our favorite recipes are either from this book or derived from it. I hope to post on Four Bean Stew, Coconut Bars, Cuban Beans and more.
I love this book. Mainly not for the recipes, but for the healthy cooking information. If you are looking into the benefits of real food and traditional means of preparing them, this is one of the books to get.
8. – Baking stones and Dishes
I just love my stones. I have the round ones and a few baking dishes, but I would get large rectangles now if I could change easily. From the reviews that I have read, these Old Stone Oven stones are a great choice. Baking is smooth, burning almost never happens, and clean up is a snap!
The above photo shows my baking stones and my Chantal Baking Dishes. I bought a few of the Chantal dishes on sale at a local grocery store and then more at Costco when they had an amazing price on some sets. I love how easy they are to clean. They are made in China, but I researched their quality control and they are very careful that there is no lead in these products.
9. Glass Water Pitcher
We always have a beautiful pitcher on our counter filled with reverse osmosis water. Makes staying hydrated a breeze. The one I purchased is a nice amber color from Kohl's and I got in on a super 50% off sale. Sadly, it is no longer available. It looks a bit this Artland Pitcher on Amazon.
I think that an ice cream maker is a must for a family seeking to eat whole foods on a budget. We have this one and also a hand-me-down one with a compressor inside. I like the compressor machine like this Secura gives better results, but the Cuisinart does a pretty nice job. See my recipes for Mint Chocolate Chip and Chocolate Almond Chip Ice Cream for inspiration!
How about you? Do you have a favorite Whole Foodie gift for giving (or one that is on your list)?