Things we love in the kitchen!
Here at Lettuce Lunch we love nothing more than trying out new toys in the kitchen. From the assortment of lunchboxes we use to whatever interesting gadgets we can get our hands on, you’ll find information on all the things we like to use here in one convenient location. I’ll give pretty much anything a go, so if you’ve got any suggestions let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy cooking!
The original lunchboxes we’ve used since day one! Lunchbots lunchboxes are dishwasher safe, stainless steel and BPA free. Did we mention they look great too! The bright, shiny look always gets compliments and the food is always fresh come lunch time. There are absolutely heaps to choose from, so go with whatever suits your needs the best. You can also get a handy carry bag and a number of little sauce containers to go along with them. We are so happy with our lunchbots 🙂
If you’re into the double-compartment look, you’ll love the Lunchbots Bento Duo. Both sides can comfortably hold half a sandwich, so it’s good for mixing things up a bit (say, a wrap in one side and fruit in the other). Or maybe you’ve got the left and right halves of two entirely different sandwiches that you plan on combining into one terrifying Franken-sandwich later, but you don’t want them touching until then. Hey, you do you – the duo has got you covered.
Old faithful, and still probably our most used box, the Lunchbots Bento Trio has three good-sized compartments for food and was the original lunchbox that started it all here at Lettuce Lunch. We found it to be a really good balance; every lunch time you get a main dish and two sides (or main, side, dessert!). It’s simple, versatile, and we use it all the time.
This handy, five-compartment option is the Lunchbots Bento Cinco. Perfect for lots of little bits and pieces, this one is a lot of fun to use. If variety is the spice of life then this lunchbox offers you plenty – with five segments dedicated to different foods, you’ll never get bored!
We were super excited when we got our first Planetbox – it’s always fun to mix things up and try something new. Having five compartments of different sizes felt so different, but we loved it straight away – it sort of felt like a tasting plate of yummy little bites, though with room for something more substantial too. Like our other lunchboxes it’s 100% dishwasher safe, making it really easy to look after!
The Planetbox we use is called the Planetbox Rover. It comes with a great carry case (which you can stick ice packs in, super handy) and cute little magnets you can use to customise the boxes if you’re packing lunch for little ones. And if you’re not then hey, no one is forcing you to stick the magnets on, think of it like a bonus! Who doesn’t love free magnets. You can stick them on your fridge… your car… who knows, it’s up to you. Moving on – this is a high end lunchbox that won’t disappoint. We love ours!
After seeing the 10,000th post on Pinterest about spiralizing, we figured it was finally time to give it a go! We were impressed – it’s cheap, it’s easy, and most of all it’s so incredibly healthy. I mean, it’s basically pasta made out of raw / steamed vegetables – what’s not to love! If you haven’t tried it, it’s a lot of fun. Don’t forget to grab one with a bunch of different blades so you can go noodles, ribbons, slices and all sorts of other cuts. To be honest I don’t know why they put slicing blades in there, it is definitely faster to just chop them normally if you want slices – I leave the spiralizer for spiralizing 😉
This thing I love. Fresh sprouts are the greatest. I thought it would be just another kitchen gadget to gather dust but it hasn’t been empty since the minute I got it – as soon as one tier is empty, it’s getting refilled and ready for more. It’s healthy, cost-effective, and the fact that it takes almost no effort and looks cool while they’re growing is just a bonus. Bonus points if you film a time lapse video of the sprouts growing! Don’t forget to buy some seeds too because as soon as you open this thing you’re going to want to fill it sky high with sprouts!
These are just a couple of things I incorporate into… pretty much everything!
- Sriracha. The most delicious, undisputed king/queen of condiments. Most people know what this is so I won’t bother talking too much about it other than saying if you haven’t tried it, it is really amazing. I don’t think there’s anything in my arsenal which takes a meal from good to great faster than adding a dab of cashew cheese or unsweetened coconut yoghurt and a splash of sriracha on top. Heavenly!
- Smoked paprika. I find if I fry or sauté anything, I really like taking them to 95% done, adding a touch more oil, adding a healthy coating of dried smoked paprika and mixing it around for a couple of seconds before taking it off the heat. Instant rich, smoky depth.
- Liquid smoke. I’ll add a drop or two (a little goes a LONG way) into baked beans, casseroles, taco mix or similar to give it a really deep, open flame sort of umami flavour profile. If you’re vegan or vegetarian and cooking for a meat eater, this is indispensable.
- Pepitas. Delicious pumpkin seeds. I go through these like no one’s business. Raw as a salad topping they add instant crunch, and if you fry them to a light brown in combination with the smoked paprika trick earlier and a little salt, they make a beautifully savoury snack.