Cooking at Home 101

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The healthiest way to eat is at home! It’s no secret. It’s just a hassle. At least that’s how a lot of people think. Today’s society is so busy. We go to the gym, work all day, meet friends for happy hour, go to our second job, find some family time, and find some time to eat. That’s just in one day!

Okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like I’m that busy. At the end of the week, I want to go out with friends and have a good time but I physically can’t because I’m so tired. That being said, us busy bees don’t always have the motivation, the time or the desire to cook at home. It sounds daunting. But my friends, if you’re wanting to live the healthiest lifestyle you can, cooking at home is going to have to be a part of your daily schedule.

Cooking at home benefits your health as well as your mind and social life. Preparing healthy meals can reduce the risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, and it can help you lose weight and decrease your risk of Alzheimer’s! Cooking can be empowering and improve your mood and self-esteem. Ultimately, eating and cooking meals at home can help with your mind, body and soul.

Luckily, there are some basic cooking tips that make cooking a delicious meal at home simple and fast! No more excuses!

  1. Keep some basic ingredients in the kitchen at all times.

There’s no specific rule stating which ingredients you keep in your kitchen, but having several basic ingredients that you frequently like to cook with can make last-minute cooking a lot easier. For instance, if you have garlic, olive oil, lemons, onions, salt and pepper, you can make a delicious and healthy pasta. These ingredients go great with any dish and they will last long in the kitchen.

  1. Use a slow cooker.

This might be my favorite cooking method ever! I love throwing a couple of ingredients in the crockpot, turning it on low and leaving for work for the day. When I come back home after a long hard day, dinner is practically ready! There are tons of recipes to use the slow-cooker for, including breakfasts, snacks and dips, and dinners. It’s a super easy way to have dinner ready when you get home, and it usually leaves you with leftovers.

  1. Don’t throw your leftovers away!

This really grinds my gears! Why would you ever throw away perfectly good leftovers? First of all, it’s more cost efficient to eat leftovers, it minimizes food waste, and it decrease the time it will take to cook another meal. If you won’t eat your leftovers, at least as your roommates, family, coworkers or neighbors. There are way too many people going without dinner so don’t waste your food.

  1. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store.

This is the easiest way to shop for foods when planning on cooking at home. The whole reason we want to cook at home is to be healthier. If we shop in all the aisles and bring home packaged food, we’re not really fulfilling our goal. Unprocessed whole foods and plant-based foods like veggies and fruits will be in the perimeter of the grocery store. You might have to go in the aisles to get some noodles, seasonings and miscellaneous items, but try to spend most of your trip in the produce and meat section.

You don’t have to dread cooking at home. One of the most fulfilling feelings is cooking an entire meal by yourself and having it taste delicious! Once you make it a habit, you’ll start to enjoy it and you’ll start to see the benefits too. If you have any questions about cooking at home or living a healthy lifestyle please contact me or leave comments below.

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