The most obvious way to use a food bowl chopper is to chop up veggies for salads and other dishes. But if you happen to have one of these choppers, you might as well get the most of it and use it in some other, more creative ways, too. Here are a few suggestions for using a food bowl chopper.
Making Chimichurri and Herb Dressings
Chimichurri is a sauce or condiment made with chopped herbs, garlic, and oil. Many people make it in a food processor, but you can easily make it in your food chopper, too. For a simple chimichurri, combine equal parts fresh basil, parsley, and cilantro in your food bowl chopper. Add a clove of garlic, and chop. Once the herbs and garlic are as chopped as you like, stream in some olive oil, and add a few pinches of salt and red pepper flakes. Chop a bit more to combine everything together, and enjoy.
You can use the food bowl chopper and the same method to make basically any other herb-based dressing or sauce, too.
Making Breakfast Cereal Mixes
Are you looking for a way to make your breakfast cereal more interesting? Try placing a half cup of rolled oats, a few tablespoons of your favorite nuts, and a few tablespoons of dried fruit, such as raisins, in your food bowl chopper. Give everything a light chop to chop the oats and nuts into smaller pieces. Remove the mixture from the food bowl chopper, and then mix it with water or milk to make your breakfast cereal in your preferred way. With everything chopped together, the flavors really meld. You can experiment with different mixtures and even add a few chia or flax seeds for extra fiber.
Making Homemade Breadcrumbs
If you have a lot of extra bread ends you don't use, try drying them out in the toaster and then putting them in your food bowl chopper. Add your own seasonings. Parmesan cheese, basil, oregano, onion powder, and garlic powder all blend well together for Italian-inspired breadcrumbs. Or, you can add some chile powder and cumin for Mexican-themed breadcrumbs. Regardless of what you add, keep chopping until you get nice, fine breadcrumbs, which you can then use to top casseroles, coat chicken, or add some crunch to veggie dishes.
Your food bowl chopper can do a lot more than chop carrots for your salad. With the ideas above, you can get a lot out of this handy gadget.