You’re a healthy adventure-seeker, but when your adventures lead you to temporarily living without a kitchen (in a hotel, dorm or kitchen-less studio), the challenge can bring your healthy diet to an abrupt stop. Good thing you’re up for the challenge.
Rather than eat snack bars and dine at restaurants for all your meals, get these 10 kitchen tools to make living away from home more like, well, home.
10 Appliances/Kitchen Tools
- Magic Bullet * (or generic): You’ll be able to make smoothies, grind flax (or coffee beans for coffee drinkers) and make purees.
- Electric Hot Plate (1 or 2 burner): You’ll be glad you have this when you’re using it multiple times a day for stove-top cooking (meats, vegetables and to toast breads).
- Pan: Find one with a lid, and cook stir-fry, meats and eggs.
- Pot: Your multi-purpose pot (with lid) cooks and heats legumes, grains, sauces and tea, or use it as a stirring bowl.
- Butcher’s Knife: Chop veggies and nuts, and slice meats and fruits. This knife does it all.
- Cutting Board
- Scrubber: Keep those dishes clean.
- Food Storage Containers: You can purchase a few reusable storage containers for leftovers and sliced fruits and veggies. Another money-saving idea is to reuse glass bottles for leftovers. A former almond butter jar stores stores bulk nuts and seeds. Empty tomato sauce containers hold leftover sauces from dinner, coconut milk (from can) and pineapples. If it has a tight-fitting lid (ie. supplement bottles, glass jars), give it a second life before recycling.
- Toaster Oven: If you bake or cook meats or pizzas, a toaster oven will be as useful as the hot plate.
Borrow these nine basic kitchen items from the hotel restaurant (or you’ll likely already own them if you live in a dorm or studio).
9 Kitchen Staples to Borrow from the Hotel Restaurant:
- Table knife
- Steak Knife (if meat eater)
- Serving Dish or Bowl
- Drinking Glass
- Coffee/Tea Cup
For hotel room meal ideas, money-saving cooking and kitchen storage tips and to see my personal chronicles of living in a hotel suite, see “Healthy hotel living for the cook without a kitchen” on Native Gypsies. Follow my adventures and share yours with Native Gypsies on Instagram.
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