Is Christmas just a couple of weeks away? How can this be? It seems like it was just yesterday that we were celebrating Thanksgiving?
Well in any case, I’ve put together a plant-based gift guide to ease the holiday shopping stress. The best part? You can get it all on Prime 😉.
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1. CUISINART 8 CUP FOOD PROCESSOR: I didn’t have a food processor for the longest time. I thought that I didn’t need one and that they just take up valuable real estate on the counter. And to be honest, this is a fairly true assessment. However, they’re extremely nice to have, they’re amazing for quickly chopping nuts, garlic, or vegetables. It’s also my go-to for making the smoothest hummus. The reason that I recommend the 8-cup is because, well, if you’re anything like me you’ll want to keep your counters open and stash this little guy in a cabinet when not in use.
2. LODGE 15’ CAST IRON SKILLET: This makes a great gift for anyone. I love to cook with a cast iron skillet because you can easily transfer a dish from the range, to the oven, or to the grill. Needless to say, iron skillets make the best *sizzling* hot fajitas.
3. CUISINART IMMERSION BLENDER: Known as a stick or hand blender, I think that an immersion blender is very nice to have. It allows you the convenience to puree your soups without transferring to a blender. Also, if you’re into making your own aquafaba mayo, it’s a rather necessary tool.
4. BLUE LIGHT BLOCKING GLASSES: So technically not a food or kitchen-related item, but everyone could use a pair of these, especially if you like to read through food blogs (like mine) on a screen multiple times a day. I own these, and can personally confirm that they’re a great brand and work well on many face shapes ;).
5. OH SHE GLOWS EVERY DAY: Written by Angela Liddon from the popular plant-based blog ohsheglows.com, this cookbook is full of simple, pretty, and elegant vegan recipes. It’s my go to for host dinners, brunches, or quick cooking.
6. THUG KITCHEN PARTY GRUB: FOR SOCIAL MOTHERF*CKERS: Okay, obviously don’t give this to your grandmother, unless your grandmother might love a “yippe paella motherfucker” (their paella is mind-blowing, btw). Then again, maybe do get it for your grandmother. Or just to be safe, give it as a white elephant gift. You can check out some of their recipes/style at thugkitchen.com.
7. HOW NOT TO DIE COOKBOOK: Give this one to yourself. The title might be off putting to a relative or friend but Dr. Gregor, notable plant-based advocate and creator of the nutritionfacts.org website, and his co-author have over 100 delicious recipes that you must incorporate into your 2020 dinner rotation.
8. VITAMIX 5300: This is the exact blender that I have and I use it more than any other appliance. I’m not kidding! It makes a great gift for parents, grandparents, or grown children. It’s on the pricey side, but it’s so worth it.
9. POWERFUL MAGNETIC KNIFE STRIP BY WOODSOM (USA MADE): I have this knife strip on the side of my refrigerator and put my two most-used kitchen knives on it. It’s a great space saver, as I don’t like to keep things like knife blocks on my counters. I was introduced to the concept of a magnetic knife strip while staying in a small cabin in Joshua Tree and ever since then, I’ve been hooked!
10. URBAN VANILLA CLOTH NAPKINS: These are GREAT! If you’re like me and you hate throwing things into the trash to go sit in a landfill, then these are for you. THey’re also a great gift for that person that says “I don’t need anything because I’m a minimalist…” They’re machine washable, I’ve had mine for over a year and they still look beautiful. You’ll see them in a lot of my photos, because I don’t like to buy a ton of props.