5 Kitchen Gadget Must Haves

by Richie Santucci, RD, CDE, CPT

Last Updated: June 25, 2021

It’s been said that having the right tools is half the job. Cooking and meal prepping are no different. With the right kitchen gadgets, you can save time, add more healthful food to your diet, and add various fruits and vegetables. Let’s see how we can help you slice, dice, pack, and prep like you’ve always wanted.
  1. Apple Slicer
    This is a great tool to have, especially for those with kids, because apple slices can be a lot easier to eat for kids than a whole apple. It also safely removes the seeds. The apple slices can then be used for everything from dippers for nut butters or yogurt-based dips, smoothies, a fruit platter, and even apple pie. The best part? Your apple slicers can be used for other foods like pears, mozzarella balls, and even small onions for things like stir-fries or grilling. We all know an apple a day keeps the doctor away, so this is a great kitchen gadget to have, any way you slice it. Find apple slicers here.
  2. Mandolin
    Mandolins are great because they often have many different attachments, and with the same easy sliding motion, you can slice fruits, vegetables, and more into many different shapes and textures. There’s often an attachment for slicing, which you can use to prepare baked or air-fried vegetable chips, a grater to shred things like carrots or even zucchini for breads, and other attachments like julienne for colorful additions to your soups, salads, stir-fries, and more. Find mandolins here.
  3. Grilling Pan
    Have you ever tried to grill fish and end up losing it to the depths of your grill? A grilling pan is a great way to grill items that don’t rest easily on your grill. You can grill anything on the solid surface of a grilling pan, including fish, veggie burgers, and even beans. What cookout couldn’t use a little more fiber? Find a grilling pan here.
  4. Spiralizer
    Spiralizers are a must-have for anyone wanting to eat more vegetables. Spiralizers can help you turn many vegetables into delicious noodles. You can spiralize zucchinis, carrots, parsnips, beets, cucumbers, and all types of potatoes. Try eating your spiralized creations cooked or raw in salads or buddha bowls. Find spiralizers here.
  5. Vegetable Chopper
    Healthy eating often starts with adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet. For those of us who often wish for more hours in our day, cutting vegetables quicker is often the difference between eating them or not. That’s not all a good vegetable chopper can do for you, especially if you aren’t too sharp with your knife skills yet. Use your chopper to cut everything from fruits and veggies to add to salads, soups, or stir-fries to air-fried home fries. You can even use it to cut fresh herb garnishes packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. Try keeping a container full of fresh fruits or veggies ready to grab and go for healthy snack and meal additions. Get your chopper here.

Whatever your cooking style or level of expertise in the kitchen, we hope to make healthy cooking more convenient and affordable for everyone. As always, have a great summer season, and if you need any extra nutrition guidance, contact Kroger Health for a nutrition consult from one of our dietitians here at Kroger.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.


Richie Santucci, RD, CDE, CPT

Richie Santucci, RD, CDE, CPT

Richie Santucci has spent his whole life dedicated to health. After wrestling, boxing, & MMA, drained from overtraining, Richie spent the next 12 years creating a more plant-based diet program to rebuild his health. Richie is ready to help you live a healthier life with more energy and vitality and loves to help you plan meals for the family. In his free time, Richie enjoys playing music, disc golfing, gardening, and exploring local parks. His mission is to help people feel and perform better to enjoy a fun, fulfilling and productive life while respecting and caring for the planet.