Six kitchen appliances to help you make wholesome dishes, fast
1 Cuisine Systeme 5200XL By Magimix Make healthy soups, nut butters, hummus, fresh juices and more with this wonder machine, which will cope with the heaviest kitchen tasks. There are smaller versions available, but we like this one for sheer versatility – its three bowls give you the option of making small or large quantities (the largest bowl has a 3.7 litre capacity). It’s also surprisingly quiet, even when chopping nuts. From £319.99.
2 ‘Venice’ non-stick pans by Greenpan We noticed two important differences when cooking with these pans. Firstly, we needed less oil – thus healthier food. Secondly, they cook efficiently at a much lower heat, which is good for our wallets. And there’s another bonus: the ceramic Thermolon coating emits none of the toxic gases associated with conventional non-stick pans (Teflon contains PFC chemicals, which can give off toxic fumes at high temperatures). From £30.
3 Spiralizer by Hemsley + Hemsley There are lots of spiralizers on the market, but this one from healthy-eating gurus Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley passes the ELLE Decoration test – for ease of use and for its stylish, minimal look. It’s great if you’re trying to cut down on refined carbs: instead of getting out the pasta and noodles, whip up some ‘courgetti’ instead. £29.95.
4 ‘Multicook Advance 45in1’ by Tefal The ‘multi cooker’ is the new slow cooker, says Tefal – and this one packs a remarkable punch for under £100. It has 45 programme combinations and can do everything from cooking soups and stews to baking bread and making yoghurt. Its patented spherical pot holds up to five litres and promises better heat distribution, resulting in evenly cooked food. Other useful features include a ‘delayed start’ function (for up to 24 hours) and a ‘keep warm’ function. £89. AO.com
5 ‘Artisan Cook Processor’ by Kitchenaid It may look like something from a mad professor’s lab, but this one-pot machine will do everything from steaming and boiling to stewing, mincing and making and proving dough. This means lots of healthy meals from scratch, and virtually no washing up. Choose from six cooking modes; it will cook at temperatures of up to 140°C, coping with high-heat recipes such as jam and stir-fries. A stirring paddle ensures even cooking and the 4.5 litre capacity makes it a fast friend for dinner parties. £849.
6 The Nutribullet If you want to get into the juicing habit but can’t face the faff of cleaning a juicer, this little machine is a godsend. It has just one cup – no filters or tubes to get clogged – into which all your fruit and vegetables go; it will break down seeds, stems and skins, so you don’t lose valuable nutrition, but it still produces a pulp-free smoothie. And once you’ve made your blend, you can use the cup to drink from, too. £99.99.
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