Favorite Ingredients and Tools: Soups, Salads, Stirfrys

For my students who take my foundation cooking class, “Intuitive Cooking: Soups, Salads and Stirfrys,” here are some of my favorite ingredients and tools I use to bring sustainable, delicious, nutritious meals to my table.

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Two pounds of scrumptious brazil nuts. Great on salads or as an easy to-go snack.


My favorite cashews for stirfrys


Goji berries are my favorite dried fruit for salads. It has a wonderful smokey flavor. These are also delicious coated with dark chocolate!


San-J Organic Tamari Soy Sauce, Reduced Sodium, 10 Fl Oz  This is the “soy sauce” substitute I use. It’s gluten-free and tastes so much better than soy sauce.



Manitoba Harvest Organic Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled Hemp Seeds, 12 Ounce. I sprinkle this on salads or oatmeal for extra nutrition.


Better Than Bouillon, Organic Chicken Base, 8 oz I LOVE THIS STUFF. Makes everything taste better.



I cook almost exclusively with ghee that I make from Kerrygold

Butter, but if you don’t want to do that, here is a grass-fed version.



I literally only use two knives 99.9% of the time I’m cooking. This is the knife I use 70% of the time. It’s a 9-inch chef’s knife by Cutco and I’ve had it for over 20 YEARS! I love it. Yes it’s ~$140, but it’s worth it. You’ll never need to buy another knife. This knife would also make a GREAT GIFT for a college graduate. Their new kitchen would be set!


This is the knife I use the other 29.9% of the time. A short, serrated knife great for cutting tomatoes and carving. Again, at $85 it isn’t nothing, but you’ll never need another one. These two knives would also make a GREAT GIFT for a college graduate. Their new kitchen would be set!



Cast Iron Combo Cooker with 3.2 Quart Dutch Oven and 10.25 inch Skillet (the skillet is also a lid for the dutch oven). Enameled cast iron is easier to clean, but at only $23 this set is a real bargain! Perfect if you only cook for 1-2 people.



This is a 5-quart enamel dutch oven. It costs about $40 and will be your work horse, although it will take a bit more care than the enamel version below.


This is is a 6-quart enamel dutch oven. It costs about $110, but is SUPER easy to clean, and if you cook for 3-8 people on a daily basis, it’s a great size. It comes in about 6 different colors.