I have been noticing the things I use for cooking on an almost daily basis, that make cooking with whole ingredients so much easier.
I love my enamel cast iron dutch oven. I use this 6-quart one for making tomato sauces, cooking large batches of beans, and making soups and stews.
I also love my 12x16 metal jelly roll pans for making granola and roasting tomatoes and root vegetables. Other kitchen tools I use frequently are:
* cast iron skillets
* a mixing bowl set
* bamboo spatulas for stir-fries
* a wok
*a good blender
*widemouth glass jars, for storing leftovers and pantry good. Start saving them ones from your grocery store purchases, and also look for them at garage sales and thrift stores.
* a small pan with a spout, for heating milk and melting butter ( and then you won't need a microwave)
* 2-qt and 3-qt covered saucepans, for cooking grains