Cooking is something you’d love to do more, but there always seems to be something in the way. You may not view them as excuses, but they are, for the most part. Ask yourself, how many times did you have a legitimate alibi? How often could you justify your motives with a genuine defence?
Before you answer, you should take a look at the following excuses that hold people back from cooking. These are very common, especially for those who haven’t grown up in a kitchen, yet the solutions are insanely straightforward.
Here’s what you need to keep in mind.
I’m Too Tired
Yes, tiredness is the most played out excuse on the planet. Whether it’s cooking or going to meet friends, you can always fall back on your lack of energy. Well, you can’t anymore because the right recipes will ensure you only need fifteen minutes of personal time to create something special. If you have fond memories of Grandma’s meatloaf, the instant pot meatloaf version is quicker but still as tasty. Even if it takes a while to cook, you can do other things when the dish is in the oven, such as take a power nap or chill in front of the TV.
It’s Too Complicated
Complicated and tired are on the same scale. The reason you can’t be bothered is that you think a dish is too complicated to prepare, which is why you’d rather order takeout or zap a microwaveable meal. In truth, you should never eat with your eyes as most recipes are simpler than you’d imagine. A traditional carbonara sauce with pasta takes around ten minutes, and all you need is bacon, veggies, pasta, and eggs. As long as you get the pan off the heat when you add the egg mixture, you can’t go wrong.
It’s Better From A Restaurant
Okay, certain recipes are better at a restaurant as they are specialized. When it comes to Asian cuisine, you’re not going to learn the secrets in less than an hour, so it’s probably wiser to order out. However, the key is not to lump all takeout food together. A pho soup may be a challenge, but anybody can whip up a chicken tikka masala or a vegetable stir fry. You need to be savvy and lookout for signs that you’ve fallen into a rut. Ordering out should be a treat, not something you do every other night.
You’re Not Any Good
Everyone has to start somewhere. The trick is to practice until your skills improve. At the very least, you should give it a go and try and develop a love for the process. Once you enjoy cooking, you won’t be able to fall back on excuses such as you’re not good at it. For those who don’t know where to begin, a classic cookbook is an excellent starting point, as are basic online recipes that are readily accessible.
What are your excuses for not cooking? Are you ready to toss them out and start again?
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