One thing that makes healthy eating more pleasurable is the way the meal is plated and served. Although I am guilty of eating a meal in my car when I have to, I much prefer to sit down to a pretty table (a simple placemat and fresh bunch of flowers) with some care taken in how the food is presented. My girlfriend, Karen, turned me on to the best salad bowls ever and I’m hooked on them! They are the Blanc Porcelain Bowls from Sur La Table and they are so perfect because they are wide (9 inches) and shallow. You can see all the beautiful components of your dish in this bowl and have lots of room to mix things up. A pasta or noodle dish is also perfect in this bowl, but I think it’s too big to use as a cereal bowl. The bowls are expensive ($9.99 each) but so worth it. You can microwave them and even cook up to 500 degrees in the oven, and of course, they are dishwasher safe. A set of 4 made a nice “thank you” gift for my trainer after the bikini competition too.
The other kitchen item I can’t live without now is my insulated World Market Jane Lunch Bag. It’s insulated and I use it probably once a day if I have to take a meal with me on the go to eat later. I can actually fit quite a bit in there- a tupperware meal for me, one for my son, an icepack, and a juice box! There are pockets on the sides that I use to put plastic silverware and napkins. The bag is $12.99.
What kitchen item can you not live without? Please share!