Many people assume a plant-based diet is healthy, but this isn’t always the case. There are plenty of tempting, convenient plant-based junk foods on the market these days which are loaded with fat, salt and sugar. If you want to stay healthy on a plant-based diet, home cooking is a must. These five essential kitchen gadgets help make it quicker and easier to prepare delicious, healthy plant-based meals at home.

1. Juicer

There’s nothing better than freshly made fruit and vegetable juice. Juicing has been associated with a whole host of health benefits because it allows you to flood your body with tons of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients which support your body’s functions. Freshly made juice is a great way to kick start your day and give you that extra boost of energy.

Our top pick: Philips HR1832/01 Viva Collection Compact Juicer, 1.5 Litre, 500 Watt – Black

Check out this recipe book for delicious juice ideas: The New Vegan Juicing Book

2. Blender

A blender is a must-have for plant-based cooking. This piece of kit is so versatile and can be used for many purposes. It’s ideal for making plant-based milks, smoothies, salad dressings and dips, as well as for preparing ingredients in many plant-based recipes. You will want to invest in a fairly powerful, robust blender capable of blitzing through firmer plant-based recipe ingredients such as nuts, dates, apples, seeds etc.

Our top pick: Blender Smoothie Maker, 2000W Professional Countertop Blender with 10 Speed Control, 2L BPA-Free Tritan Container, 8 Titanium Stainless Steel Blade for Ice/Soup/Nuts by Nyyin

Check out this recipe book for delicious smoothie ideas: The Blender Girl Smoothies: 100 Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Paleo-Friendly Recipes

3. Soup maker

With winter fast approaching, soup is back on the menu. Homemade soup is so much better than store-bought versions as it’s fresher, healthier and you can get the taste and consistency just how you like it. Homemade soup is so easy to make, and with a soup maker, it’s a doddle. Just chop up your ingredients, chuck them in the gadget, adjust the settings and sit back until your delicious warming soup is ready.

Our top pick: Morphy Richards 48822 Soup maker, Stainless Steel, 1000 W, 1.6 liters

Try this recipe book for inspiration: SIMPLE VEGAN SOUP RECIPES

4. slow cooker

A slow cooker is an essential kitchen gadget for those with busy lifestyles who want to come home to delicious, healthy home-cooked meals. This gadget is so convenient and easy to use. All you need to do is prepare your ingredients in the morning and place them in the slow cooker to cook slowly all day while you’re out. You can make so many different plant-based meals in a slow cooker, including curries, stews, casseroles, soups and more.

Our top pick: Morphy Richards 461020 Sear & Slow Cook 6.5L Slow Cooker with Hinged Lid, 163 W, 6.5 liters, Black

Try this vegan slow cooker recipe book for inspiration: The Super Easy Vegan Slow Cooker Cookbook: 100 Easy, Healthy Recipes That Are Ready When You Are

5. Air fryer

Air fryers are becoming essential kitchen gadgets, allowing you to enjoy delicious, crispy fried foods without the additional calories associated with traditional frying methods. This gadget works by circulating hot air around the food to make it crispy and crunchy on the outside. You can use many different plant-based ingredients in your air fryer, including potatoes, cauliflower, chickpeas, tofu and much more. This bit of kit is essential for making plant-based comfort food without the guilt.

Our top pick: Air Fryer, 4.3L Hot Air Fryer with LED Display Panel, 1400W Rapid Heating Air Fryer, Timer/Temperature Adjustable Control, 6 Presets for Healthy Low Fat & Oil-Free Cooking [Energy Class A+++]

Try this recipe book for amazing vegan air fryer meal ideas: Healthy Vegan Air Fryer Cookbook: 100 Plant-Based Recipes with Fewer Calories and Less Fat

These are our top five essential kitchen gadgets. What’s the one thing you couldn’t live without in your kitchen? Drop it in the comments below and let us know. 



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