Planning, prepping and packing meals can be an endeavor, but a necessary one if you’re trying to save money or stick to a specific diet. Even if you don’t intend to fill countless food storage containers with perfectly portioned food and meticulously packed salads for the week, simply crafting breakfast, lunch and dinner from scratch every day can be exhausting.
I think most people would agree that the most time-consuming aspect of cooking is the slicing, dicing and chopping of all the essential ingredients. This BPA-free chopping tool makes hovering over a cutting board a thing of the past thanks to its versatile collection of attachments, which include everything from a mandolin, a dicer, a blade for julienning vegetables and much more.
An air fryer that also quickly grills and roasts food at the touch of a button
If grilling meat is part of your daily routine, this countertop air fryer, roaster, grill and dehydrator by Ninja can streamline that process thanks to the cyclonic air technology that operates with the touch of a button. Plus, you don't have to worry about defrosting your meat, because the Ninja turns frozen foods into char-grilled perfection in just 25 minutes.
This may just be the ultimate item for cutting, storing and prepping food and ingredients all in one clever station. The built-in cutting board, which doubles as a cover, folds out flat to reveal removable containers, each with its own lid. There's a slide-out lower compartment that's just for scraps and as well as a series of attachments for grating, chopping and more.
Chop, rinse and dry your lettuce all at the same time with this dishwasher-safe spinner that can also be used to store your chopped salad until you're ready to use it. The interior chopping blade won't cause your lettuce to brown or wilt as it cuts, and the interior colander is removable for easy rinsing.
A reusable set of 30 bento-style meal prep containers
These reusable food containers are great for storing an upcoming week's worth of meals. They each come with a leak-proof lid, and the bento-style design allows you to pack multiple side dishes in one container. Plus they are freezer-, microwave- and dishwasher-safe to make re-heating food and clean-up a breeze. When not in use, they conveniently stack inside each other for space-conscious storage.
Three travel-sized squeeze bottles for salad dressing
If your weekly lunch prep involves a salad, you will most likely want a way to transport your dressings on the side to avoid a soggy mess come noon. These mini leak-proof squeeze bottles are made with BPA-free silicone and are flexible enough to fit inside your food storage containers.
Sometimes cooking rice can require a watchful eye, but this highly rated rice cooker from Aroma perfectly cooks your rice for you and can also be programmed to begin cooking on a timer. It not only prepares rice, but the steaming function works on veggies or cakes and its 8-cup capacity means you can make all you need for the rest of the week.
If breaking up ground beef in your pan for taco night is taking far too long and wearing your wrist out, let this clever meat-mashing tool do the work for you. It's made of BPA-free and heat-resistant nylon that's also nonstick and dishwasher-safe. The five non-serrated blades are also great for breaking up softer cooked vegetables and making mashed potatoes.
This electric egg cooker from Dash has an impressive 83,820 five-star ratings on Amazon and can consistently prepare eggs in any style at the touch of a button. It has a six-egg capacity and also includes a recipe book, tray for poaching and a tray for making omelets.
Conveniently blend, whip, mix and chop with this one ergonomic immersion tool that can be used with your existing prep bowls or pans to do all the work at the touch of a button. It comes with three interchangeable attachments, two settings and a high-speed 300-watt motor.
A hot and cold cooking blender that makes soup as it blends
If mealtime calls for a silky smooth purée, a piping hot soup or a protein-packed smoothie, this hot and cold blender from Instant Pot has you covered. It features a heat-safe borosilicate glass pitcher, 10 customizable settings (including four hot blending programs) and a heating element that can cook soups or sauces at the same time as it blends for a simple one-step process.
An 8-function kitchen bottle for multiple food prep uses
This stackable kitchen tool will anticipate all of your food prep needs and can be used to make dressings, sauces, salads and more. It comes with everything from a juicer to a grater and an egg masher that's perfect for making egg salads.