This Family Day remove cooking from the equation. These easy-to-make recipes use the newest gadgets to take all the guesswork of your next meal.

From morning to night, we’ll be hanging with our favourite people instead of stirring over a hot stove. Maybe you’re skiing all day, snowshoeing and enjoying some sunshine. Or, possibly parking yourself on the couch for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

Either way, leave the cooking to someone else!


Start the day off with freshly blended juices from Breville. The Juice Fountain Cold Plus features just about every inclusion you would expect from a high-powered machine. I’m rescuing lumpy fruit and veg from the discount section in my local grocery store and turning trash into treasure, in a cinch. Kids love making weird concoctions and you can conjure up some fun additions for cocktails easily. Cold Spin Technology™ means you’re not zapping out the nutrition and keeping your juice at an optimal temperature.

breville juicer

With the juicer on full blast, it’s time to turn your attention to the real thing. Coffee! From basic to way beyond, Philips 3200 is the answer to your coffee needs. It grinds, it brews, it even froths for picture-perfect lattes. Kids can get hopped up on hot chocolates while you hit repeat on your espresso, and everyone is happy.

philips 3200 series coffee with lattego

Make gains with grains and more in minutes! Mix your fave plant-based (or not) meat into a bowl with herbs, spices and seasonings. Form into balls and set aside. First, start by adding pasta, grains or rice to the bottom of the Ninja Speedi Rapid Cooker. Next, add liquid, like chicken broth. Place meatballs on the Crisper Rack in the Ninja Speedi and cook for appropriate time and temperature. Definitely use a thermometer to ensure food safety. Top with sauces, crunchy vegetables and your favourite garnishes.

Here, we made shwarma-style turkey meatballs and quinoa with roasted fennel and leeks. All in 15 minutes, cooked to perfection. Beat that Uber Eats!

ninja speedi


A husband and wife team founded the Ooni Pizza Oven, the Porshe of standalone pizza ovens. This beast heats up to an impressive 950° F in 20 minutes tops. It’s portable, and wood-fired, giving pizzas that signature blister for perfect Neapolitan-style ‘zas (we have a brilliant recipe here for dough!). Available in Wood, Charcoal, Propane Gas & Natural Gas models, Ooni’s disrupting the deliveries of pizza daily.

Fashion some fizzy and fun cocktails with the Drinkmate OmniFizz. This innovative product makes soda, yes, but also you’re able to infuse just about anything with fizz with this handy model. The patented Fizz Infuser is the key component of the Drinkmate system. With slow and fast pressure release options, you can prevent over-foaming- that’s the reason you are able to carbonate more than just water in the Drinkmate.

drinkmate omnifizz family day

Clearly, when adding CO2 to drinks that contain tannins or sugars, like beer or wine, it can create a lot of foam. The pressure release on the Drinkmate Fizz Infuser allows you to depressurize these drinks without a big mess. So all those flat beers from playing pong can be revived easily.

All images by Libby Roach.