Finding time to do all of the things that make you, YOU is so important! You got your workout in, you got a full day in at the office, you went to all of your classes, or you ran a million errands and picked up the kids… all things are important! But did you know that you are more likely to get a healthy meal if you cook at home? But are you struggling to find the time? Here are a few tips from bonappetit.com to help you out!
- Cut back on Tweeting, updating your Facebook page, and searching for YouTube videos of piano playing cats. If you have time to do that, you have time to cook.
- Remember why you’re doing this. When you cook your own food with fresh ingredients, you’re eating better, more delicious, and much healthier food. Plus, cooking is fun. Really.
- Get inspired. You’re more likely to want to cook if you find some recipes that really make you want to get in the kitchen. Browse through magazines, cookbooks, and websites and look for dishes that sound doable and delicious.
- Build up your repertoire of quick meals. Look up meals that can be prepped in 15 minutes or less.
- Sketch out meals for the week. Sounds obvious, but it’s easy to overlook. Unless you’re planning to go shopping every day, you need to know what you’ll be cooking each day so you can make sure you have all the ingredients.
- Keep your pantry well stocked with pasta, pasta sauce, canned beans and tomatoes, tuna, polenta, rice, capers, herbs and other ingredients that can go into your favorite recipes.
- Spend a few hours on Sunday cooking so you have something to eat during the week. Chilis, stews, and soups are good, too, and actually improve in flavor if made a day or two ahead.
- Use your slow cooker. It may not be glamorous, but it is convenient. Throw in ingredients in the morning and come home to something delicious in the evening.
- Buy a rice cooker. I have a colleague who swears by his. It takes all the guesswork out and is one less thing you have to think about.
- Share the load. I happen to enjoy doing all the cooking myself, but I know people who hate cooking because it can seem like they’re doing all the work themselves. If that’s how you feel, ask for help. If you have kids, get them involved. You might be surprised at how much they enjoy it.
These are great points to help you on your way to being quite the chef. I especially like #2, #3, and #10—Remember why you are doing this! You are making an amazing YOU even better! Get inspired and grow and change and develop and maybe even learn a new skill in the kitchen! And have some fun! And last, but definitely not least, cook with someone and make it a party! More hands in the kitchen make for lighter work, great bonding time, and even more enjoyment of your meal!