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Okay, friends. The holiday season is upon us. No, this season need not be about gifts or material possessions – unless you want it to be (wink), in which case, it's time you put together your list of real food & Paleo gift ideas!
Everything on this list has changed my life/saved my fingers/made me suck less at cooking, so they're surely perfect for the Paleo/Primal/Real Foodie in your life. The only thing better than stuff that helps you make food is actual food. (See this post.)
Here's the short stack, in case reading my blather ain't your thing:
- Salad Shooter: The no-time-flat tool that shreds, dices, and makes perfect pickle slices. Hey, I made a rhyme!)
- Spiralizer: Make “pasta” out of vegetables. ‘Nuff said.
- Chop Wizard: Don't be a chop amateur. Be a chop wizard! No seriously. Chopping sucks. And it's dangerous.
- Leg Lamp: not Paleo, or under $30, but that's OK because it's a major award.
(A quick manifesto: A Christmas Story is basically the most profoundly awesome holiday movie ever, aside from It's a Wonderful Life and the first Home Alone. They are my only can't-miss, won't-miss holiday movies, with Elf coming in a close fourth. If you feel there are others worthy of the title, please feel free to post them to the comments. But it'll be a hard sell.)
These gifts may seem odd, but trust me – they're life-changing, especially for the Good Food for Bad Cooks type. And lots of times, kitchen gadget or not, we don't know we need something until somebody gifts it to us. Then, we wonder how we lived without it.
Real Food Gift #1: The Salad Shooter.
(Sing the old theme song with me: Salad shooter, helps you every day!)
This thing is the absolute best tool for shredding sweet potato and winter squash for hash. It literally takes seconds! Just feed a ‘tater in, and perfectly hashed ‘tater comes out. It shreds, slices, and crinkle-cuts veggies in seconds, and is super easy to clean.
One of my all-time faves, right up there with…
Real Food Gift #2: The Spiralizer.
This thing opens up a brand new world of Paleo, Primal and Real Food cuisine – it's the Gluten-Free pasta lover's dream.
It makes perfect spaghetti noodles…out of zucchini. It makes perfect ribbons for thai-inspired dishes, like the incredible Thai Pad See Ew from Danielle Walker's Against All Grain cookbook.
It is literally a cooking magic show. And it doesn't require electricity – so you can take it with you to a deserted island. Just like…
Real Food Gift #3: The Vidalia Chop Wizard
This one probably seems a bit weird, but I AM weird. Also, I love my fingertips, which means I hate chopping. Which is why I love this.
All you have to do is slice things a teensy bit, into manageable slices, then put them on the grate. Then, SLAM! You get to smack the lid down and chop your veggies with Van Damme-like force and precision.
You get UNIFORMLY chopped veggies, and not chopped fingers! Best!
Gift #4: The full-sized Leg Lamp from A Christmas Story.
Okay, so this Major Award isn't Paleo. It's probably not even Gluten-free. It's certainly not under $30…But c'mon. It exists. Isn't that enough?
When you'll watch something in realtime, with commercials, you know that's love. And for some odd reason, as much as I love and crave A Christmas Story all year, I just can't bring myself to watch it any other day. What's up with that?
PS: did you know that Ralphie actually has a cameo in Elf? Yeah. YEAH.
(“Fra-gee-lay. That must be Italian!“)
(“Yeeeah, a statue!“)
(“Mommy's little piggie!“)
(“You used up alllll the glue…on PURPOSE!“)
If you've got other favorite real food or Paleo-friendly gifts, leave a comment! I'll also take movie quotes and heated debate over the best holiday movies.
Thanks for reading!
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