Iâm not only a food fanatic, Iâm also a bit of a gadget fiend. When a new kitchen thingamabob hits the market, Iâve gotta try it! Here are a few items Iâve tried and loved, and others that have piqued my interest:
The veggies-to-pasta transformer
Iâve tried this As-Seen-On-TV item, and I promise you, the Veggetti ($11, amazon.com) really works! Twist a veggie (like zucchini) into the bladed section, as if you were sharpening a giant pencil. Noodle-like strands will emerge, and youâll be on the road to a lightened-up pasta dish! Either toss with some real whole-wheat pasta, or just top it with your favorite sauce.
The frozen-dessert maker
From the makers of the Magic Bullet (which I am in love with!) comes the Dessert Bullet (which I also adore). We tested this out at the HG HQâa.k.a. Hungrylandâand it works beautifully, taking frozen foods and turning them into soft-serve-like treats. Frozen fruit is ideal for this, but you can even freeze up some regular Greek yogurt and put it through for DIY fro-yo.
Photo: Courtesy Dessert Bullet
The nose-tingling cutlery
You know those times when you know you should eat your broccoli, but would rather chow down on brownies? The AromaFork ($59, uncommongoods.com) can help you trick yourself into thinking youâre getting that decadent food. Flavor your foods without actually adding anything to what youâre eatingâcrazy! (Not so sure I actually wanna try this one, people!)
Photo: Courtesy Uncommon Goods
The calorie-counting plate
This thing is still in the prototype phase, but it basically sounds like my Holy Grail. Itâs a covered plate device in development at GE that can actually assess and tally the calories contained in the food it senses. This is some serious science-time business! P.S. The scientist who developed it got the idea from his wife, who really wanted something to automatically track her calories rather than a conventional activity monitorâI can totally relate!
Photo: Courtesy GE
âTil next timeâ¦ Chew the right thing!
Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of nine books, six of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her
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