It’s not rocket science – When you enjoy doing something, you’re more likely to do it (and do it more consistently).
Like dancing? You’ll go dancing often.
Like reading? You’ll read a lot of books.
Like cooking? You’ll cook a lot of meals.
But what if you don’t like to cook? What if the kitchen is like a foreign land of unfamiliar pots, pans, gizmos and gadgets??
That can be your kryptonite if you’re wanting to eat healthier and make changes in your overall diet.
But no worries, Sis. I’ve got you covered. I’ve been known to take a non-lover of cooking from “no-way, ma’am” to “thank you, ma’am” in a very short period of time. True story.
Now don’t get me wrong, things are shifting & changing in many restaurants and fast food chains. They’re finally realizing that we want healthier options, or we’ll take our business elsewhere.
And while that’s a good thing, it’s only good when you’re in a pinch, or when you’re out on date night.
Otherwise, you really should warm up to the idea of preparing your own meals. I see cooking my own meals as a way of being in full control over my body and what I put in it, instead of leaving it open to someone else who’s main goal is to increase their bottom line.
To me, there’s power in being in control over my body. Or maybe I’m just a control-fanatic. I may or may not have been called that, too.
Either way you churn it, I have a few simple ways you can learn to enjoy cooking for yourself more often.
3 Ways You Can Enjoy Cooking For Yourself More Often
#1 Keep your well-liked, healthy foods well-stocked. Start by asking yourself “What do I like?” What foods do you like to eat that are considered healthier options?
I recommend keeping things like lettuce greens, grape tomatoes, avocados, canned beans, canned tomatoes, oatmeal, dried fruit, frozen fruit, frozen veggies, greek yogurt, nuts, onions, bell peppers, eggs, whole-grain bread, pasta and rice on hand. You can also keep your pantry stocked with canned meats like tuna and salmon.
With everything listed above, you can prepare a variety of breakfasts, lunches and quick dinners throughout the week, with very little cooking required.
#2 Keep it simple, Sis. Seriously, this doesn’t have to be hard. Keep it simple by using simple ingredients. Don’t go searching Google for recipes that include extravagant ingredients that you’ve never heard of before.
Instead, Google a few of your favorite comfort meals and learn how to make ingredient substitutions to make them healthier. That way, you’re still eating your faves, but with less guilt. However, you may NOT want to start with mac & cheese or lasagna. Too. Much. Work.
#3 Invest in kitchen appliance essentials. There are several appliances that I consider to be essentials for making quick & healthy meals. Without them, your time in the kitchen can be overwhelming with twice the time and effort.
Here are the appliances that save me time & effort in the kitchen (and make me look like a pro, sometimes):
- Vitamix blender
- Instant Pot pressure cooker
- Crock Pot slow cooker
- A good set of knives
- A good cutting board
Okay, so you have everything. Now what? Grab a glass of good, red wine, turn on your favorite playlist and start cooking. How can you not enjoy cooking when paired with a glass of wine and some music?
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