We’re all about little things that make cooking a healthy meal easier than ordering delivery. IKEA’s plastic LEGITIM Cutting Board ($2) has earned its place as one of those essential tools in our kitchen that we’re #grateful we discovered. When paired with a good, sharp knife, the board makes prepping fruit, veggies, and meat a total breeze.

Unlike other cutting boards we’ve used in the past, the LEGITIM is actually big enough to hold what you’re chopping, so you don’t have to constantly worry about stuff falling onto the counter. It measures in at 13.5 inches by 9.5 — large enough to give you ample room for slicing, dicing, and chopping, but it also fits on most countertops, even those in tiny city apartments.

Because it’s made of plastic, the board is effortless to clean and sanitize. If you eat meat, this is a huge plus; you don’t have to worry about the board harboring nasty bacteria. Just pop it in the dishwasher, and let the hot water sanitize. If it becomes too stained over time (we’ve all had a turmeric or tomato sauce incident now and again), you can replace it without feeling too bad, because it’s so dang cheap.

Sure, the board’s a simple item, but we can’t help but swoon over ridiculously affordable but effective kitchen tools that streamline the entire process of cooking.

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