1. Small glass cutting boards. Make sure you have a large wooden or bamboo board. It’s really no fun to cut a carrot on a little board. No one will keep cutting up veggies if it is a hassle!!
2. Using paring knife to cut veggies. Along with the huge board, one needs a huge knife. Cutting veggies is so much easier with a big knife. It goes faster, you can cut more at a time.
3. Washing and cutting one veggie at a time. If you need one carrot with a salad, why wash and prep just one? Open the whole bag of carrots and dump in a big bowl of water (add a little apple cider vinegar for a great veggie wash) While you have the scrubber out, scrub ALL carrots and cut off ends. Place what you won’t use in a gallon zip lock. Next time you need a carrot, you just pull one out. Think it will be easier to grab one and go for a light snack?! Of course!!
4. Tupperware with no lids. Take all your containers out and put their corresponding lids on. THROW OUT any and all things that don’t match. Better yet, go to the store and get yourself a box or two of glass or BPA free containers and start anew!
5. Not having back ups so fast food is an option. When you make soup, make enough for many meals. Freeze what you don’t use. If you eat fish, freeze it! If you eat bean chili, make enough for freezing. NEVER think you are cooking for this one meal alone.
6. Not having food at the ready. Have gorgeous fruit out and on the counter top! Have cut and washed celery, carrots and cauliflower along with humus for dipping.
7. White iodized salt. Throw that all away or use for snow! But some amazing grey Celtic salt or pink Himalayan salt. This is a no brainer. White salt is toxic. Salt does not pour!!!!! If your does, go for the real thing. When salt is pure, it is rich with iodine and other minerals that actually help the body.
8. Clutter – this is such a huge topic that there are sections in the library on this! HA!! You know what I am saying and you know who I mean! Get rid of it. You will more likely get in the kitchen if it is EASY.
9. Too much junk in the kitchen. If you have the junk there and available, you have no incentive to eat the fruit! Get the junk out. Be suspect of anything with a label and ask yourself if it is necessary. IF it isn’t, have a great replacement.
10. Fear! This is the hardest thing to get over. I know people don’t go in their kitchens because they don’t want to burn things, or cut themselves, or make a mess. You must get over this!!! Any seasoned chef has burned tons of things. I always spill and make a mess. You know what? That’s part of it. Without that, my family doesn’t have whole meals. Be OK with the mess, or doing things wrong. It’s OK. Just get the food in the pot and in your mouth. The rest can be cleaned up.
Go forward my friends with an organized and working kitchen. Step in with tools that work for you! Change your kitchen, change your health. That is the total truth.