The Under-the-Radar, Cult-Favorite Nonstick Pan You’ve Gotta Try
When it comes to cookware and small appliances, anything is up for consideration in my book! Seriously, if I had the space or the money, I’d buy every single pot or pan that crossed my path. Of course, I have neither of those things. So if I’m going to buy something, I have to really think about it first. Before I make a purchase, I do my research and evaluate my actual need for the item. (I’m fun to shop with, I swear!)
I am also a nutritionist and care about health, so I tend to lean towards appliances and cookware that target healthy eating more than anything else. In other words, you won’t find a deep-fryer in my kitchen, but you will find a few high-speed blenders, a Vitaclay, an Instant Pot, and, most recently, a set of these GreenPans, which I’m totally in love with!
This under-the-radar brand is new to me but not new to the market. I first heard about this cult-favorite cookware from some of my favorite doctors and medical professionals within the health space who raved about it.
What’s a GreenPan? GreenPan cookware is coated in a safe, ceramic nonstick lining, which means you don’t have to use much butter or oil. The pieces heat up incredibly fast, evenly, and are oven-safe up to 350 degrees. They’re also super easy to clean, with no scrubbing required!
I took the plunge and bought my own set of the Rio GreenPans (when they were on sale!) just over a year ago and they’ve held up incredibly well. In fact, I have newer pans that I’ve rejected in favor of these.
Here are my favorite GreenPans, why I love them, and what I like to cook in them.
1. 8- and 10-Inch Ceramic Nonstick Pans, $40 at Amazon
Out of all the pans that came with my set of GreenPans, I use these two the most often. The 8-inch pan is perfect for steaming up a quick batch of veggies with a little broth or water, reheating foods of many kinds, and sautéing veggies in some broth before adding to a soup, stew, or another entrée. The 10-inch pan is great for making stir-fry dishes with veggies, rice, and a little broth, and I also use it to cook double servings of a dish if I want leftovers. I’ve also made pancakes, chickpea and spinach pitas, and omelets in the 10-inch pan.
2. 5-Quart Ceramic Non-Stick Skillet with Glass Lid, $40 at Target
This is the perfect do-it-all pan. It can do everything the smaller pans do, but is best for larger batches or anything that needs to retain moisture (that glass lid!). I’ve used it to steam up a batch of cut potatoes, frozen veggies, hearty winter squashes, and a huge batch of fresh greens, and I like it for one-pot meals. You can also remove the lid and use it as a healthier way to “fry” food with a little veggie broth. I also like this pot for when I need to sauté ingredients before putting the whole thing in the oven.
3. 2-Quart Ceramic Non-Stick Saucepan, $25 at Amazon
I use this pot more than any other pot in my kitchen because it’s perfect for a single serving. It’s small, efficient, and heats up a bowl of oatmeal just as quickly as a microwave. It also makes a perfect pot of whole-grain rice and quinoa in less time than a larger batch. If you’re single or cook just for yourself, this pot alone is worth buying! I also use it to heat up a small batch of water for bagged tea and single servings of French press coffee. I’m sure there are more ways to use it, too!
Have you tried GreenPan cookware? Did you love it as much as I do?