Does the thought of cooking dinner every day almost send you into a mad panic and sheer overwhelm? Does it feel like a never-ending task that is always at the back of your mind! If you are anything like me you TOTALLY APPRECIATE the luxury of all-inclusive vacations because it means I don't have to cook ANY meals for the entire duration of stay! Now THAT'S what I call a vacation! :)
Unfortunately, when cooking seems like a chore, it makes it really difficult to see how cooking can actually be FUN! But if you want to be healthier and finally get that weight under control for the long-term, then you HAVE to find a way to embrace home cooking. Only then can you control the quality of your food, the quantity of your food and finally reach those goals without putting your health in jeopardy.
And guess what? I'm here to help you do just that! Here I am going to share with you my best "fun" cooking tips for you.....
Fun Cooking Tip #1
Check out some new, tasty and simple recipes.
Sometimes just seeing the beautiful food photos and reading the recipe can spark some inspiration and fun in your kitchen.
You can head to your local bookstore. Or look up your favourite nutritionists (hint - check out my RECIPES SECTION HERE), chefs, bakers, and other online foodies. Maybe do a quick search on Google or Pinterest to see thousands of new ideas.
Perhaps you have some ingredients in your fridge that are just waiting to be eaten.
Pro Tip: Searching through recipes can be so fun and inspiring, and can also end up taking waaaay longer than planned. So, consider setting your timer when you start browsing. The last thing you want is to take too much time looking, that you don’t leave enough time for cooking!
Fun Cooking Tip #2
Make a trip to the grocery store fun and inspiring.
When you’re at the grocery store, try something that you haven’t had in a while. Is there a seasonal fruit or vegetable you haven’t had for months? What about a childhood favourite? Did you come across something totally delicious at a restaurant or get-together lately?
Or, browse around the store looking for something you haven't had before; something that is completely new to you. Be adventurous and fun. Then you can go to tip #1 to find new and inspiring recipes when you get home.
Fun Cooking Tip #3
Keep it simple!
Sometimes when I see a great food picture, I immediately get inspired to make it. But if I look at the ingredients or instructions and they're too long, I stop. While there are times when I'm inspired and dive into a new great recipe; when I'm not all that inspired, I need to keep things simple.
A few ways to keep things simple are to:
● Search for recipes with 10 or fewer ingredients, and five or fewer instructions;
● Search for recipes that can be made in one pot or pan;
● Buy ingredients that are ready to cook with (pre-washed salad greens, diced squashes, frozen vegetables, etc.)
Fun Cooking Tip #4
Put on some music and invite someone to join you.
Do you have kids that need to learn the critical life skill of cooking? Perhaps your partner would love to join you? What about having a “cooking party” where everyone brings something and pitches in on the process? Get the kids involved too!
Fun Cooking Tip #5
When all else fails, treat yourself to some new kitchen gadgets!
Having proper kitchen tools makes cooking so much easier and faster. When's the last time you sharpened your (our bought yourself a new) knife? Could dicing carrots with a dull knife be draining the fun from cooking? Or is blending a smoothie with a crummy blender, leaving it too chunky to enjoy, making you feel less excited to try new smoothie recipes? I know it does for me.
You know that cooking is key to healthy eating. And, yes, it does get boring from time to time.
Try one (or all) of my fun cooking tips to inspire you to get over to your kitchen and cook yourself some great dishes.
You already know your health will thank you!
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