5 Eco-Friendly and Affordable Bamboo Kitchen Tools You Should Be Using Right Now

Since bamboo is one of the most affordable and renewable substances in the green marketplace, it just makes sense to upgrade your kitchen tools with these healthier, green options. Here are 5 eco-friendly and affordable bamboo kitchen tools that you should be using right now.

Since bamboo is one of the most affordable and renewable substances in the green marketplace, it just makes sense to upgrade your kitchen tools with these healthier, green options. Here are 5 eco-friendly and affordable bamboo kitchen tools that you should be using right now.

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Why bamboo? What’s all the fuss? Before we get to the 5 eco-friendly and affordable bamboo kitchen tools that you should be using right now, here’s a little information about bamboo that you’ll want to know.

Environmentally Friendly
Bamboo is an environmentally friendly grass that can grow 3 feet in 24 hours. It is incredibly renewable and can be grown without the use of pesticides. Hooray! It’s for this reason that it’s considered eco-friendly and is becoming extremely popular for those who want to go green in their homes and kitchens.

Durability
Bamboo is known for its hard stems, yet products made from this amazing grass are incredibly light in weight. Bamboo kitchen gadgets and utensils are actually more durable than their wooden and plastic counterparts. Additionally, they are heat, stain and odor resistant.

Aesthetics
Bamboo products and utensils are smooth and non-porous. They are lightweight and easy to handle. They will not scratch your pans or damage your cookware.

Affordability
Bamboo is one of the most affordable eco-friendly substances in the green marketplace, making it an attractive choice to those on a tight or frugal budget. Its fresh look and excellent longevity make it one of the most popular acquisitions among eco-conscious individuals.

Here are 5 eco-friendly and affordable bamboo kitchen tools that you should be using right now:

Replace your old wooden, cracked set or your unhealthy plastic set with this 6 piece organic bamboo cooking & serving utensil set.  Comes with a handy caddy to store your new, fresh, beautiful bamboo utensils in.

 

 

This expandable drawer organizer is amazing! It’s unique because most drawer organizers are not expandable; this one is. Made of 100% pure bamboo, you’re getting a quality piece of organization for your drawers. PS: It’s not just for the kitchen! (think bathroom and office, too!)

 

 

While this bamboo ring vegetable brush is amazingly functional, I also happen to think it’s totally cute. But that’s just me. Function first, right? And totally affordable. Check it out!

 

 

I love this bamboo dish drying rack! Mine sits on my counter by the sink and I use it every day. Totally handy and I love the way it looks. It’s collapsible and lightweight for easy storage if you don’t use it daily. This rack is an instant decor upgrade for yucky plastic dish racks or rusty metal ones. Do yourself and your dishes a favor and upgrade to this affordable green option.

 

Here’s an extremely affordable set of 3 bamboo cutting boards. I love that you get three sizes. They can also double as serving boards for sandwiches and they make great cheese boards, too! Easy to use and easy to clean. Read more about their advantages here.

 

 

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Since bamboo is one of the most affordable and renewable substances in the green marketplace, it just makes sense to upgrade your kitchen tools with these healthier, green options. Here are 5 eco-friendly and affordable bamboo kitchen tools that you should be using right now.

Since bamboo is one of the most affordable and renewable substances in the green marketplace, it just makes sense to upgrade your kitchen tools with these healthier, green options. Here are 5 eco-friendly and affordable bamboo kitchen tools that you should be using right now.

Since bamboo is one of the most affordable and renewable substances in the green marketplace, it just makes sense to upgrade your kitchen tools with these healthier, green options. Here are 5 eco-friendly and affordable bamboo kitchen tools that you should be using right now.

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7 Stunning Carrot Cakes To Make Right Now

Here are 7 stunning carrot cakes that you can totally make right now. They look impressive and gorgeous but they are within your power to re-create them for yourself, right in your own kitchen!

Here are 7 stunning carrot cakes that you can totally make right now. They look impressive and gorgeous, but they are within your power to re-create them for yourself, right in your own kitchen!

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There’s just something about carrot cakes that I love. I think it’s the sweetness of the carrots, which, as you know, are a vegetable, and vegetables are good for you, right? But here, they’re the dominant ingredient in a cake, which is spiced up and usually decked out in glorious cream cheese frosting, all resting on a beautiful cake stand, so…what’s not to love? And the nuts: either walnuts or pecans grace a carrot cake and are often used as creative decoration. The visual appeal of a stunningly-crafted carrot cake makes me drool and want to attempt to make one of these creations in my own kitchen!

Guess what? Here are 7 stunning carrot cakes that you can totally make right now! They look impressive and gorgeous, but they are within your power to re-create them for yourself.

Carrot Cake with Brown Sugar and Cream Cheese Frosting by The Little Epicurean
This cake makes a stunning statement with its minimalistic carrot top display gracing the brown sugar and cream cheese frosting.


Maple Caramel Carrot Cake
by Liv For Cake
This cake is over the top! Seriously. There’s maple syrup, maple caramel and cream cheese involved. ::swoon:: Two words: gorgeous and decadent.
Maple Carrot Cake


Pistachio Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting by How Sweet Eats
I adore this take on carrot cake with pistachios ~ heaven! The photo she has of the batter – do not miss it! I want to make this ASAP.
Pistachio Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake by Saving Room For Dessert
Toasted pecans and decorative cream cheese piping create a stunning effect on this 4 layer carrot cake.
Carrot Cake

A stand mixer will help you make these amazing carrot cakes! Do you have one? They come in an array of yummy colors if this carrot, umm, orange color isn’t your thing. Check them out!

 

 

My Favorite Cake Cake by Sally’s Baking Addiction
Brown sugar, spices, applesauce, and loads of other goodness make this carrot cake not only beautiful to behold, but a delicious dessert for any occasion.
Layered Carrot Cake

Vegan Gluten-Free Carrot Cake by Minimalist Baker
Can you believe this gorgeousness can be made in just one bowl with basic ingredients?! Plus, it’s healthy! I mean…just…gah! Go now and see how she put it together!
Vegan Gluten Free Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting by Spoon Fork Bacon
I love the elegant simplicity of the frosting on the 4-layer cake. Currants replace raisins and the nuts are on the outside of the cake for a smoother cake texture. Glorious, rich cream cheese frosting is not overly sweet and is the perfect compliment to this stunning carrot cake.
Carrot Cake

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Here are 7 stunning carrot cakes that you can totally make right now. They look impressive and gorgeous, but they are within your power to re-create them for yourself, right in your own kitchen!

Here are 7 stunning carrot cakes that you can totally make right now. They look impressive and gorgeous, but they are within your power to re-create them for yourself, right in your own kitchen!

 

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Creamy Cilantro Avocado Jalapeño Sauce

Cilantro shares the stage with creamy avocado and zesty jalapeño to create a truly versatile sauce that can be made in minutes! You can use it on salmon, tacos, meats, and even use it for dips for fries or chips. Truly addicting!

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Cilantro lovers, rejoice! Here’s a quick and versatile recipe that you will make again and again as you find new uses for it. Flavorful cilantro really shines in a base of avocado and plain yogurt. Jalapeño and a little apple cider vinegar give it a zesty kick. Salt and garlic round it out to create an addicting little sauce that will become a family favorite.

Here’s how it comes together:

Using a high-speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec (here’s what I use) or a food processor, add all the ingredients except for the olive oil. Blend (or pulse) until smooth. Add the olive oil and blend again. If you would like more of a sauce consistency, add a little more olive oil. If you like it thick like a dip, leave as is.

We like to use this as a sauce for salmon and chicken. We love it as a dip for fries or crackers or chips! It will keep in the fridge for a few days, tightly covered, if you have any leftovers. Blend some up today!

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Creamy Cilantro Avocado Jalapeño Sauce
 
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Creamy Cilantro Avocado Jalapeño Sauce
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Serves: 1 cup
Ingredients
  • 1 avocado, pitted
  • 1 -2 jalapeños, seeded (may also use jarred jalapeño slices instead of fresh)
  • 1½ cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 
1⁄2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 clove minced garlic (or ½ tsp. garlic powder)
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
Instructions
  1. To a high speed blender or food processor, add all ingredients except the olive oil.

  2. Blend (or pulse) ingredients until smooth.

  3. Slowly add olive oil to machine while blending on low. (If you like your sauce thinner, add a bit more olive oil.)

  4. Sauce may be stored in fridge for up to 2 days, tightly covered.

 

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Cilantro shares the stage with creamy avocado and zesty jalapeño to create a truly versatile sauce that can be made in minutes! You can use it on salmon, tacos, meats, and even use it for dips for fries or chips. Truly addicting!

Cilantro shares the stage with creamy avocado and zesty jalapeño to create a truly versatile sauce that can be made in minutes! You can use it on salmon, tacos, meats, and even use it for dips for fries or chips. Truly addicting!

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4 Simple DIY Indoor Herb Garden Ideas

Looking for a simple way to grow indoor herbs? Here are 4 DIY ideas to help you create a beautiful and functional indoor herb garden.

Looking for a simple way to grow indoor herbs? Here are 4 DIY ideas to help you create a beautiful and functional indoor herb garden.

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Having fresh herbs on hand is a great way to enhance your recipes and experiment with flavor combinations. Growing your own indoor herbs is not only an easy DIY project, but an economical way to keep fresh herbs available year round.

Having an indoor herb garden is perfect for you if you have limited outdoor space, or live in an apartment or condo. Plus, herbs emit a wonderful fragrance which will entice you use them in your cooking! Additionally, depending on how you choose to grow and display your indoor herbs, they can act as a decor element in your home.

Here are some different DIY indoor herb garden ideas to consider:

Design a One-Pot Herb Garden
If your kitchen space for growing herbs is limited, consider growing all your herbs in one large container rather than separate pots for each herb. You can design an aesthetically pleasing herb garden in one pot by planting small groupings of 3 or 4 different herbs in the soil of your large container, making sure to space them out so that the roots will have room to grow. Choose the herbs that you’ll use the most and create a unique herb garden in a minimalistic container, like this one. I like to use organic, non-GMO seeds like these, which have 10 varieties of herbs from which to choose.


Hang Herb Planters Above Your Kitchen Sink
Rather than using your counter space or window sill to house your DIY herb garden, consider using hanging pots. If you have a kitchen window over your sink, this is a great option, since the herbs will be exposed to direct sunlight. Plus, there are some great options for hanging planters, like this one. Plus, tiered hanging pots can serve as an interesting design element in your kitchen.

 

Create a Small Terrarium of Herb Plants
Terrariums are such a delightful design element, whether using plants or herbs. Have fun creating a unique herb garden within a beautiful terrarium like this one. Rosemary, oregano, basil, and mint would be gorgeous in a terrarium. Here are some organic non-GMO seeds that you might consider.

 

Grow Herbs in Mason Jars
If you have space for individual containers, consider growing your herbs in mason jars. Since the jars are made of glass, you can track the growth of your herbs. Using wide-mouth jars, like these, are preferable, so the herbs have room to grow and flourish. Each herb gets its own jar, which should be in front of a window that gets sunlight. Using colorful mason jars also adds a vibrant touch to your herb garden, like this all-in-one, self-watering kit complete with organic seeds.

These are just a few ideas to help you decide on a DIY herb garden. Have fun with your design choice and most of all, have fun using your fresh herbs in your cooking!




Here are a few of my favorite recipes using fresh herbs:
Pan Seared Salmon with with Creamy Greek Yogurt Lemon Dill Sauce
Roasted Heirloom Tomato Basil Mozzarella Caprese Salad
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Herb Butter
Creamy Avocado and Cilantro Dip

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Looking for a simple way to grow indoor herbs? Here are 4 DIY ideas to help you create a beautiful and functional indoor herb garden.

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