12 Kitchen Tools for Cooking Easy, Healthy Family Meals

Having a well-stocked kitchen helps you make your own food at home, and cooking at home naturally helps you eat healthier. Having the right tools for handling fresh produce, sauteeing veggies and cooking grains quickly will make it easy to make nutritious meals that taste amazing. Check out these amazing kitchen tools from Amazon, Crate & Barrel, KitchenAid and more to help you prepare easy, healthy and delicious meals the whole family will love.

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Instant Pot

Instant Pot is a modern pressure cooker that's made of stainless steel, is programmable and compatible with WiFi. This model comes with over 750 pre-programmed recipes that can be accessed from an app, and comes with a steam rack. This kitchen appliance can steam veggies, cook rice, "hard boil" eggs and cook entire meals in a fraction of the time it usually takes. It can also be controlled from your phone if you need to make an adjustment later or forget to set the timer. ($150; amazon.com)

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OXO Good Grips 8-Piece Glass Food Storage Set

Make healthy eating super easy by reheating leftovers in one of these sleek glass storage containers, or by saving extra ingredients like pre-chopped produce to be used later. You'll save money, time and effort by investing in this set of 8 smart-sealing, dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe rectangular storage containers. ($30; containerstore.com)

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OXO Good Grips GreenSaver Crisper Insert

Having a supply of fresh produce is key to eating healthier, but one of the biggest deterrents of stocking up on produce is the fear that it will spoil before it can be used. Extend the life of your fruits and veggies by tossing this OXO GreenSaver insert into the crisper of your refrigerator. An enhanced carbon filter absorbs ethylene gas in the drawer to extend the life of your fruits and veggies. ($7; bedbathandbeyond.com)

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KitchenAid 3.5 Cup Food Chopper

Kitchen gadgets and tools that expedite the cooking process are a must for busy families. Tossing fruits, veggies, nuts and more into an electric food chopper instead of chopping by hand is a major time saver. This KitchenAid appliance holds up to 3.5 cups and can quickly chop, mix and puree fresh ingredients for a healthy meal. ($70; kitchenaid.com)

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Le Creuset Revolution Swivel Peeler

Peel potatoes, carrots, apples and more for snacks and healthy recipes with this high-quality swivel peeler from Le Creuset. The hygienic stainless steel blade on this peeler is resistant to corrosion and the contoured handle with grip rings makes this kitchen tool safer and more comfortable to use. ($20; lecreuset.com)

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Chicago Cutlery ProHold 14-Piece Nonstick Knife Block Set

A set of high-quality knives will make cooking and eating healthy meals more enjoyable. This stainless steel set of knives comes with an 8-inch chef knife, 8-inch bread knife, 5-inch serrated utility knife, 6 steak knives, and more. The set also includes a wooden knife block that can be separated into two sections so the steak knives can be carried directly to the serving area. ($80; bedbathandbeyond.com)

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PriorityChef Knife Sharpener

If you're getting a great set of knives to help your family eat healthier, a knife sharpener is a smart investment, too. This knife sharpener keeps your cutting tools in sharp shape and can sharpen both straight and serrated knife blades. The non-slip cushioned base and rounded handle prioritizes safety and ease of use. ($16; amazon.com)

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Crock-Pot Countdown Programmable Slow Cooker

Slow cookers are a simple way to put together a healthy, nutritious meal for your family. For slow cooker recipes that require a two-step process of searing meat and then moving it to the slow cooker, the stovetop pot on this model can be used on the stovetop and then moved into the crockpot to finish your meal. A digital cooking timer can cook for 30 minutes to 20 hours and will turn to a "keep warm" setting until you get back to it. The dishwasher-safe ceramic pot insert makes clean up easy. ($46; amazon.com)

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Microplane Soft-Handle Zester Grater

Zesting fresh fruit and grating garlic or cheese into a recipe can add tons of healthy, natural flavoring to food and make meal-prep feel easier. This two-in-one handheld zester and grater is 12 inches long with a soft, comfortable handle and a quality surface that finely grates chunks of parmesan on to pizza or sprinkles flakes of dark chocolate on top of your favorite dessert. ($15; surlatable.com)

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Rectangular Teak Cutting Board with Well

Cutting boards are one of the most basic tools for a well-stocked kitchen that can be used to prepare simple and healthy meals. Cut up chicken, lean meat, veggies, fruits and more on these teak cutting boards from Crate and Barrel. Carved wells around the edge keep fruit or meat juices from spilling over and prevent messes. ($30-50; crateandbarrel.com)

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Stonewall Kitchen Adjustable Slicer

Top off salads, sandwiches, tacos, pizzas and more with sliced produce using this adjustable slicer from Stonewall Kitchen. There are no blades to switch out and the hand guard holds food in place to protect hands and fingers. ($22; stonewallkitchen.com)

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Stonewall Kitchen Palm Brush Fruit & Vegetable Scrubber

Most hard fruits and veggies need to be cleaned before using, especially organic produce or food you pick up from local farmers' markets. This sturdy but soft palm brush fruit and vegetable scrubber from Stonewall Kitchen helps gently clean everything from carrots to cucumbers to sweet potatoes, apples and more. ($8; stonewallkitchen.com)

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