It’s that time of year, where I begin over-thinking gifts. Guys, I struggle with gifts giving…which is why I love passing along inspiration when it strikes me—hostess gifts, teacher gifts, or neat ideas for those “favorite things” gift exchanges. Today I’m sharing a few of my favorite things; simple but perfect gifts for the cooking enthusiast in your life.
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What I’ve started to discover is that the best gifts don’t have to be pricey or complicated. Sometimes the practicality of your favorite tried and true products make the best presents.
Start with a favorite cookbook to set your theme. I’m all about pasta this time of year, so I started with The Noodle Soup Oracle: Hundreds of Possibilities for the World’s Favorite Comfort Food. This is the perfect gift for anyone who loves pho, ramen, or any noodle soup. And, it can help save time and money with no more need for pricey takeout.
Next, add your favorite sauce.
I recently saw a meme that said, “Professionally, I’d like to achieve what cauliflower has in the past few years” and I felt it deeply. That’s where my next favorite thing comes in.
We’re trying to add a little more nutrition to our dishes, which is why we’re loving the new RAGÚ Simply™ Creamy Alfredo with Cauliflower. It puts a twist on traditional alfredo sauces by replacing the heavy cream with milk and cauliflower, so it has half the fat and calories. You can find it exclusively at Walmart.
So many of my favorite recipes use hard boiled eggs, and my girls love popping them in their lunchboxes. However, I really dislike the process of peeling the shell!
Something I love tossing into my salads and pastas are fruitons® Seasoned Sun Dried Tomatoes and Sun Dried California Cherries. They are a super easy way to add real fruit to your diet, whether in your favorite recipe, or for a healthy snack on-the-go.
One final addition to this gift is something I’ve been telling everyone about. Trader Joe’s has these Organic Herbal Flavored Waters that I love. They are very clean – zero calories, zero sugar, and zero sweeteners. Just water and herbs to quench your thirst, with subtle flavor from organic herbal extracts. They come in Organic Lemon Ginger and (my favorite) Organic Lemongrass Spearmint. You can get them at your local Trader Joe’s.
Finally, tuck in a few everyday kitchen essentials like pretty dish towels, an oven mitt, and some bamboo spatulas.
What are your absolute favorite foods or kitchen tools for gifting? Let me know if I missed anything by sharing in the comments below!