Eating a plant-based is the healthiest way to eat.
And the most important tool in your toolbox, in my opinion, is the humble food processor.
While most people think of juicers and blenders when they hear the word vegan, a food processor is way more versatile and useful.
We use it in the preparation of almost every meal we make.
Why do you need a food processor
The first and foremost reason we love our food processor is hummus.
Let’s be honest, as much fun as cooking is, sometimes you need to make something to eat fast.
And it’s so easy to take a can of chickpeas or beans, add some flax seeds or avocado, garlic and spices to create a healthy spread in 5 minutes.
A healthy snack is not that difficult to make in a chopper.
And you will find that those healthy vegan cakes you might want to make are so much easier when you have a chopper at hand.
Chopping nuts and vegetables
A food processor/chopper will dice those onions, carrots or fresh spices in no time, saving so much time and effort while cooking.
We also use it to chop nuts.
Mixtures for baking
Baked patties, balls, casseroles…
They can all be made so much easier by throwing everything in the food processor and letting it do all the work.
Most food processors and choppers come with a shredding/slicing disk.
We use the slicing/slicing disk to chop our cucumbers, lettuce, cabbage, green onions, fresh spices, avocadoes, carrots, apples and pretty much anything that goes into a salad.
We have a designated blender for blending but you could get a food processor with a good quality blender if you choose so.
A powerful food processor will make nut butter or sprouted dough easily.
We love making whole wheat, preferably spelt or einkorn bread that are low in gluten and high in fiber/nutrition.
In most cases, we use our bread maker but a high-end food processor will knead the dough.
How to choose a food processor
It all depends on what you need and for how many people will you be cooking.
When do you require a large capacity food processor.
Cooking for many people
If you want to feed a lot of people, obviously you might want to get a larger unit (or be prepared to make several batches one after another).
We’d say that the capacity you need is about 3 cups per person.
That means that for a 3-4 person family a simple 10 cup $50 Hamilton Beach 525w might be enough to make decent quantities of hummus, snacks or baking mixtures.
Making large salads
We like our salads big and easy to make.
The food processor will slice your lettuce, cucumbers, avocadoes, herbs and shred those carrots, beets or apples.
If you want to make a big salad, you might want to get a big food processor or buy a designated electric salad maker/shredder.
We prefer a small food processor and a salad maker.
A higher-end powerful food processor with a small and large bowl will have a lot of power even for small tasks.
That means that you will be able to follow every recipe with ease, create nut butter and dough.
Entry-level might be just enough
An entry-level Hamilton Beach 525w is probably all you will ever need for your daily needs.
It is reasonably large to make decent quantities of hummus, snacks or baking mixtures for 3-4 people.
These are the main jobs that you need a food processor to do if you want to follow a healthy whole foods plant based diet.
Obviously, it is not super high-quality but the plastic is still BPA-free and it will get the job done on a budget.
For $99 you can also buy the Cuisinart 8 Cup, which is less powerful, yet probably more sturdy food processor.
If you are after a more sturdy unit with better build quality that is also powerful and can knead dough.
For couples and small families, you might want the Cuisinart 7 Cup Pro Classic.
For larger families, the Cuisinart 14-Cup is a great mid-range choice.
These food processors are no more powerful for their volume than the cheaper Hamilton Beach yet they are made with high-quality materials and will probably last you longer. They look way more stylish on the countertop as well!
With great build quility and powerful motors and great waranty, the high-end food processors will last you years and deal with every tast you throw at them.
They can knead dough, make sprouted breads with ease and process large amounts of food at one go.