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The Top Kitchen Must-Haves (These Will Save You Time)

I thought moving from our townhouse to our new house would impact what items we regularly use in the kitchen. Our new place is bigger than our last. So, I figured more counter-space would mean more new, easily accessible kitchen gadgets at our disposal. 

But actually, having a kid in the house is what impacted what items we use most in our kitchen. 

First up, the Cuisinart toaster oven.

The toaster oven by Cuisinart is a kitchen must-have
This toaster oven by Cuisinart is a Kitchen Must-Have

How did we LIVE before we had this thing?! Seriously I will never go back to a regular toaster again. You don’t even know how fast it can cook dinosaur chicken nuggets on a Tuesday night when you’re running late and you’ve GOT to get your toddler fed and in bed before  the waterworks start. 

My second “kitchen must-haves” item are these storage containers from Bed, Bath & Beyond.

The functional storage containers also offer a pop of color to your kitchen counter tops.
Functional (and pretty) kitchen storage containers are a must-have

Adding another human to the evening routine means everything has to happen fast. Having the staples (whole grain pasta, brown rice and salt) for 20-minute meals on the counter and easily accessible makes everything that much quicker. Plus, H likes to help by taking the tops off.

My final kitchen favorite is this cookbook, Fun Fast. Cook Fast. Eat Slow, by olympic athlete, Shalane Flanagan.

If you need to whip up some healthy meals in a flash, look no further than Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow by olympic athlete, Shalane Flanagan
The best kitchens have the best cookbooks

My cousin bought it for me as a Christmas present and it has the best healthy (and quick recipes). Because you can’t eat chicken nuggets every night for dinner…even if they are organic.

So, I want to know, what are you favorite kitchen must-haves? What do you use every day? Or what did you think you would use all the time but haven’t even taken out of the box? Sorry Instapot, maybe one day it’ll be your time to shine!

The Best Healthy Protein Pancake Recipe

The best healthy protein pancake recipe

Five people have now seen me eating this protein pancake and have asked for the recipe, so I figured it was time to bring it to the masses (10 people count as masses, right?!).

There’s a lot of protein pancake recipes out there, but I combined a couple of my favorites to create the “perfect” one. Mostly, because there’s nothing better than chocolate and peanut butter. Especially if you’re on a diet, because it doesn’t feel like diet food at all.

– 1/3 c. oatmeal

– 2/3 c. egg whites

– 1 tbsp. special dark cocoa powder

– 1 tsp. cinnamon

– 1 tsp. vanilla

– 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper

– 1 scoop chocolate protein powder

First, blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. It should be the consistency of pancake batter (maybe just a little more liquid-y).

Next, set stove to medium heat. Spray a nonstick skillet with coconut oil cooking spray (or use olive oil). Wait for the skillet to heat up.

Then, pour the batter into the skillet. Cook until the edges are hard and the inside begins to firm up (about 3 minutes). Flip and cook a minute on the other side.

Finally, remove from the skillet and top with honey, peanut butter, Nutella or another favorite spread.

Protein Pancake Cooking Tips

I use about a 10 inch skillet and pour all the batter in and make one giant pancake. Usually I’ll make 2 or 3 in a row, let them cool and throw them in gallon zip locks so they’re easy to grab and take to work in the morning.

You can also omit the cocoa and cayenne and sub chocolate protein powder for vanilla. If I do that I add 1/2 tsp. cloves and a handful of nuts and blueberries. I call this a “Fruit & Nut pancake”. So creative, I should win an award.