Most likely, every single person on Earth loves a good home-cooked meal.
In addition to being delicious, and a great way for families and friends to bond and have a good time together, home-cooked food is often significantly healthier than store bought and highly processed alternatives, and getting interested in the art of cooking also enables you to try out a range of different recipes, and to take pride in becoming a master chef in your own right.
Ultimately, though, many people find it hard to get started with routinely home cooking their meals, even in spite of all of these benefits. When push comes to shove, what’s really needed are a few effective guidelines that can help you to fall in love with the art of home cooking.
Here are some tips and suggestions to try out.
Choose Your Recipes Wisely
Start off by following recipes that you genuinely enjoy.
One of the best ways of falling in love with the process of home cooking, is to avoid trying to “wing it” and prepare your own meals off the top of your head, and to instead start off by following recipes that you know you genuinely enjoy.
Today, it’s easy to find all sorts of highly appetizing recipes such as for things like turkey meatloaf, so that you can begin making some of your favorite meals and snacks from the comfort of your own home.
Many different recipe books and online guides offer a selection of recipes which are relatively straightforward and manageable, meaning that you won’t have to feel as if you are doing advanced calculus when preparing dinner.
Avoid Hunger that Derails Your Plans
You’re unlikely to fall in love with the art of cooking if you allow yourself to get to a state during the day where you feel as if you are starving, and then have to prepare a full meal from scratch in order to take the edge off.
Instead of allowing yourself to end up in this situation – and having to view cooking as an unpleasant chore, rather than as something that you can really enjoy – make sure to always keep some healthy snacks at hand, so that you can keep yourself from feeling hungry during the day, and can begin preparing your meals comfortably, rather than from a state of desperation and annoyance.
Cook Larger Portions and Plan Ahead
Although you may well make a New Year’s Resolution, or some other commitment to cook all your meals from scratch every day, the simple fact of the matter is that life does get in the way sometimes, and there are bound to be days when you just don’t feel up to cooking – or when, for one reason or another, it’s difficult to do.
A great way of dealing with this is to cook large portions at a time when you do cook, so that there are always plenty of leftovers, and so that you can afford to cook only every other day or so if you feel like it.
Again, anything you could do to make cooking feel like less of a chore, and to make it easier for you to enjoy the process, is likely for the best.
Learn to Enjoy Your Time Spent in the Kitchen
Treat cooking as a meditative and relaxing part of your day, and consider listening to audiobooks, music, or podcasts while you cook.
For many people who really enjoy cooking, cooking ends up being a soothing, relaxing, and even meditative part of the day.
If you approach your meal preparation time as an opportunity to relax and have a bit of fun, you’ll naturally tend to have significantly warmer feelings about the process of home cooking your meals.
In fact, you may even want to go a step further and to listen to some audiobooks, some of your favourite music, or some fun podcasts while you cook, so that the process is even more fun and engaging than it would otherwise be.
In order to help make cooking a more relaxing part of your day, you might want to incorporate it into a wider set of routines and habits that similarly help you to feel your best, and to unwind after a long day at work.
You could, for example, do a light yoga routine, make yourself a cup of herbal tea, then cook dinner, and finish the whole routine with a hot bath including essential oils.
However you choose to make it a part of your day, learning to enjoy the art of cooking brings benefits to your body and mind!