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7 Kitchen Must-Haves

By Chef Pierre
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Chef's HatIt is I, Chef Pierre, Beachbody's official chef of great excellence, back after a long absence, which I, Chef Pierre, do not feel obligated to explain. Lucky for you, I, Chef Pierre, have returned to give you, the little people, a lesson in healthy eating.

Many silly people confuse the love of fine food with the love of frying and heavy cream sauces. Mais non! Fine dining does not need to be this way. It is possible to enjoy foods in a healthy way; it is simply a matter of having the right kitchen tools for the job. So, it is with great condescension that I, Chef Pierre, share a few of my favorite kitchen utensils with you, the little people.

The first thing you need is the proper vehicle in which to deliver your meats and vegetables to, how do you say, Deliciousville. This certainly does not mean a frying pan! When preparing foods, there are two ideal ways to go.

  1. Vegetable SteamerSteamer. The healthiest cooking methods avoid adding excess oils, salts, and butters. For this, a steamer is ideal. Unlike boiling, it does not cause your vegetables to become soggy, yet it keeps in all the magnifique nutrients. It also helps your food maintain its original flavor. The only true way to pull all the flavor from an artichoke is to steam it for an hour. Chef Pierre's mouth waters just thinking of it.

  2. Indoor grill. There are certain things one just cannot steam. A turkey burger, for example, would taste rather odd. Also, after a while, steaming can become, how do you say, boring. For these reasons, I, Chef Pierre, also suggest an indoor grill. Not only is it another ideal way to avoid adding unhealthy oils, salts, and butters, it also drains away excess fats from meats! Formidable!

Of course, now that I, Chef Pierre, have robbed your foods of their precious oils, salts, and butters, you are probably crying to your mamans like this, "Maman! Chef Pierre has made my food too bland!" To you, I, Chef Pierre, say two things. The first thing is, "Shut up." The second thing is that you must invest in . . .

  1. Spice RackA spice rack. There are many other agents of flavor besides salt and oil that tickle your taste buds without tightening your arteries. In fact, many of these spices are thought to have medicinal benefits. You can click here to learn about the benefits of chilies, curries, turmeric, and other tasty spices.

Garlic is said to lower blood pressure—and do not be concerned about your breath. Every Frenchman knows that the ladies love the odor of garlic on their lover's breath. Rosemary has been indicated in some studies to fight cataracts. Oregano is high in antioxidants. Sage, thyme, and ginger all have potential medicinal benefits. Spices such as basil and mint may not have any direct medicinal benefits, but they add flavor in a healthy, smart way. Doing something smart may seem strange to many of you, but trust Chef Pierre, it is a good thing.

  • Small Bowl and SpoonSmall bowls and 5. Small spoons. Much like dogs, humans have a habit of eating whatever is put in front of them. If they have access to less food, they do fine with less food. In a study at Cornell University, researchers held an ice cream social for their peers, randomly gave them 17-ounce or 34-ounce bowls, and told them to serve themselves their own ice cream. The larger-bowl people took 31 percent more. People given 3-ounce scoops served themselves 14.5 percent more ice cream than people given 2-ounce scoops. Of course, no French researcher would have been so rude as to treat his contemporaries as guinea pigs at an ice cream social, but this is besides the point.

  • Salad SpinnerA salad spinner. Greens are a must for any healthy diet, filled with vitamins and fiber, but oftentimes, people say, "Chef Pierre, I am a lazy American, so it is hard for me to wash lettuce all the time." To these people, I, Chef Pierre, say, "You are lazy Americans." I also suggest that they invest in a salad spinner, which is an easy and, dare I say, fun way to clean salad. The less intelligent may also find watching the leaves go around and around to be quite pleasant.

    Another option, I suppose, is to simply buy your lettuce prewashed and bagged, but this costs you extra money that you could otherwise save to buy truffles.

  • A good blender. I, Chef Pierre, will never understand the concept of "juicing." You take a perfectly beautiful fruit—say an apple—then pulverize it and rob it of its life-giving fiber. (Don't believe Chef Pierre? Read here for "The Whole Fruit and Nothing but the Fruit.") I, Chef Pierre, have long tired of trying to talk you, the little people, out of this bizarre ritual, so instead, we shall meet halfway. Blend the apple. Turn it into a, how do you say, smoothie. This way, you have the tasty beverage you crave and I have the knowledge that you are getting some of the 25 grams of fiber you need in a day.

Not that I, Chef Pierre, care about you or anything.

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