Have you ever used a mandoline? It's a slicing, grating and shredding powerhouse — makes fast work of these tasks without the cleanup hassle of a food processor. Plus, I have found that my kids prefer to eat the thinly-sliced vegies I can only produce with the mandoline.
I think it's a great time-saving tool to have in the kitchen, but I'm always surprised by how expensive they are. But I see that a nice, Pinzon stainless steel mandoline has popped up in today's Amazon Friday Sale for 50% off — it's $39.99 today (free shipping, too). A good deal for yourself or for the foodie in your life.