7 Kitchen Must-Haves
By Chef Pierre
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It 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.
- Steamer. 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
- 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!
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 . . .
- A 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
can click here to learn about the benefits of chilies, curries, turmeric, and
other tasty spices.
Garlic is said to lower
blood pressureand 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 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.
- A 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 fruitsay an applethen
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.