Convenient Grating with Minimal Mess

Convenient Grating with Minimal Mess - Food & Nutrition Magazine - Stone Soup
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Product reviewed: Microplane Mixing Bowl Grater

I love adding grated vegetables to salads, baked goods and practically anything else. And, of course, I love freshly grated cheese. It is so lovely to grate a block cheese rather than buy pre-shredded cheese, which often has potato starch preservative. Additives in pre-shredded cheese usually affect how well it melts, but freshly grated cheese melts like a dream and tastes so fresh!

The Microplane Mixing Bowl Grater lies flat on top of a mixing bowl or can be placed horizontally inside or at an angle for larger bowls. Convenient Grating with Minimal Mess -It has standard-sized holes that work well for vegetables, cheese or other foods you want to grate. Positioning this grater over or inside a mixing bowl allows you to grate food directly into the bowl.

I typically use a box grater at home, so I wasn’t sure how I would like this version. After a few tries to find a bowl that perfectly fit the grater, I was ready to give it a whirl. The grater stayed in place atop the bowl and made grating fast and easy. I also tried it on a slant with a larger bowl, and it worked well. When I laid the grater across a smaller bowl, it worked fine but I had to hold it in place.

I sometimes use a food processor for grating, but it always seems like too much work to clean the whole food processor just for this simple task. Compared to a box grater or food processor, the Microplane Mixing Bowl Grater is so much easier to clean!

A grater is a simple tool, but one that everyone needs in their kitchen. This one was no hassle, does its job perfectly and is easy to clean. I love the sleek design and how easy it is to store anywhere. There are no bells and whistles, but I’d recommend it just the same to anyone who needs a high-quality grater.

Cinnamon Apple Quinoa Bars

Recipe developed by Kelli Shallal


  • 4 ounces unsweetened natural applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • ⅓ cup peanut butter
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ½ cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any milk)
  • 1 cup grated apples (about 1 apple grated, squeezed to remove excess moisture)
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup old fashioned oats
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ cup walnuts


  • Preheat oven to 375°F.
  • Combine applesauce, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, egg, peanut butter, honey and almond milk in a small bowl and mix well.
  • Next, add in the grated apples, quinoa, oats, baking soda and walnuts. Mix until just combined and consistent.
  • Spoon into a greased 8-by-8-inch pan and bake at 375°F for 20 minutes.
  • Let cool completely (at least 30 minutes), then cut into 6 to 8 bars.
  • Store in refrigerator for up to a week.


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Kelli Shallal, MPH, RD, is a Phoenix-based registered dietitian, personal trainer, nutrition counselor and communications specialist. Read her blog, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.