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Dash Compact Air Fryer

 Dash Compact 1.2L Air Fryer (Aqua colored)
Dash Compact 1.2 L Air Fryer (Aqua colored)

I can’t tell you how many of my meals utilize an air fryer. They’re ridiculously, like ridiculously, easy to use and clean!

Back in 2018, I bought my first air fryer. It was super cute and compact. I wanted a compact air fryer specifically because I was living in an apartment with limited counter-top space.

Here’s a picture of my first one, the Dash Compact 1.2 L Air Fryer in aqua (click to check current price on Amazon).

I recommend this compact air fryer to anyone who wants to up their oil-free game but has limited counter space to pick this bad boy up. Some foods I typically use an air fryer for is hash browns, meatless meatballs, chickenless chicken nuggets, and you know, most frozen vegan items you’d find at Trader Joe’s haha 😋.

NuWave 3 Qt. Brio Air Fryer

NuWave 36011 3-Qt. Brio Air Fryer, Black

For those of you who do have the extra counter space, I’d recommend the NuWave 3 Quart Brio Air Fryer (click to check the current price on Amazon).

I’ve had this bigger air fryer for a little over 3 months now and absolutely love it. The great thing about it is, since it has a bigger basket, it can cook more food 🤤

It’s also got a cool handle with a release lever that allows you to separate the basket from the bottom tray. This comes in handy when you want to quickly turn the basket upside down and empty the cooked food onto a bowl or plate instead of using tongs or a spoon to get the food out. Super handy!

Rolling Pin

A good rolling pin to have in your baking arsenal for rolling out pizza/pie crust.

Pizza Stone

Pizza stones are great for cooking pizza evenly and giving the crust a nice crunch. It mimics the cooking style of a traditional brick oven.

The pizza stone I have was passed down to my from my stepdad so I’m not sure what brand it is. However, this pizza stone looks like the one I have and has good ratings/reviews on Amazon.

TIP: When cooking with a pizza stone, preheat your oven with the stone on the rack. If you place the stone in after it’s been heated, the extreme temperature change may cause the stone to crack.

Pizza Peel

A pizza peel is used for getting homemade pizza or bread into an oven safely. I use my pizza peel to transfer it from my counter and onto my pizza stone! It also has a foldable handle for easy storage.

Cast Iron Skillet with Silicone Handle

I used a Lodge Cast Iron Skillet with a red silicone handle. If I can cook in a cast iron pan, chances are I’m going to. It just creates such a nice sear on the food while added some iron from the cast iron.

Multi-blade Mandoline Slicer

A mandoline is great for slicing up veggies or homemade cheeses.

Skincare

Eco Lips Vegan Lip Balm

These are the first and only vegan lip balms I’ve ever tried. Honestly, I just am so content with these that I don’t feel the need to spend more money on trying out something else.

These Eco Lips Vegan Lip Balms (click to check current price on Amazon) stay on my lips for hours, seal in moisture, and are budget-friendly.

You can read my short review on them here.

Pantothenic Acid (Vitamin B5)

Upcycling my empty pantothenic acid bottle.
Upcycling my empty pantothenic acid bottle

This is something that could be in supplement section below, but I feel like it’s better suited under the skincare section since that what I used it for.

I’ve been using pantothenic acid since December 2019 to help clear my adult acne. Since then, my face has been about 95% acne free.

Pantothenic acid fights acne at it’s root, where the sebum is produced. Studies have shown that pantothenic acid supplementation significantly reduced facial acne over a 12 week testing period.

Here’s how I cleared my acne (well ~95% of it) with pantothenic acid.

The Pantothenic Acid (click here to check price on Amazon) by Solgar is the one I use.

Supplements

KOS Organic Plant Protein Powder (Chocolate Flavor)

In search of an all vegan, plant-based protein powder company, I stumbled upon KOS on Amazon.

Generally speaking, KOS Organic Plant Protein has a rich flavor that isn’t overpowering, mixes well in both almond milk and soy milk, and is fairly priced considering what you get in each serving.

Instagram post of KOS plant based protein powder.
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For more on this protein powder, check out my in-depth review on it.

As well, you can check the current price of it on Amazon to compare your savings of buying on their site vs Amazon.

Solgar Iron (Vegetable Capsules)

A study on dietary reference intakes suggests that men and postmenopausal women should consume 8 mg per day.

Premenopausal women are suggested to consume 18 mg per day.

Solgar Gentle Iron (Iron Bisglycinate) 25mg, Non-Constipating, Non-GMO, 180 Vegetable Capsules.

The iron supplement I recommend is the Solgar Gentle Iron (click to check current price on Amazon).

The reason I suggest supplementing with a higher mg dosage is because people on a plant-based diet tend to have a lower iron absorption rate than meat eaters.

You can read more about iron in my Iron Deficiency: Can a Vegan Diet Cause Low Iron? post.