If you want to be healthier, then you will know how important it is to try and cook as much food from scratch as possible. If you do not feel as though you are a natural cook, then you will know how frustrating it can be to fail time and time again in the kitchen. That being said, there are things you can do to not only make better meals, but to also enjoy them more. Take a look below to find out more.
Why aren’t you Cooking?
With every habit, you have to know that the real work starts with introspection. You may feel as though you don’t have time to cook or that you don’t even know how. This is understandable, but there are ways around this. If you don’t have time to cook, then you can easily prepare ingredients in advance and you can also try and focus on meals that you can batch-cook. If you can do this, then you will soon find that it is easier than ever for you to stop eating out all the time. If you don’t know how to cook, then you simply need to start focusing on cooking easier meals. It may be that you are trying to run before you can crawl, and this is the last thing that you need. Try and make a fresh pizza, even if it means buying ready-made dough to start with, you will soon gain confidence, to the point that maybe you can make your own. Try this easy grits recipe if you want to learn more.
Address the Issue
Now that you have a good idea about why you are not cooking, you can then address it. It may be that you are simply not creating a weekly routine for example. If this is the case, then you need to spend the weekend trying to plan out the meals you are going to have and then write a grocery list. You can then go out and buy whatever you need without the worry of having to hunt through the cupboards aimlessly every day after work. You may also find that by doing this, you hold yourself accountable each day which is always a good thing. If the issue more lies with the cooking process itself, then you should know that there are many 30-minute recipes out there and each one gives you all of the timings you need. Why not try and work from them if you want to get the best result out of your cooking process?
Start out Small
With any new habit, it is important that you start out small. Most people tend to fail at working out because they cannot go from being a total couch potato to going to the gym consistently every day. This is understandable so if you want to try and do something about this, then you have to try and work yourself up to that level. If you do not cook at all, then begin by cooking a single flavorful meal a week. Over time, you may find that you end up getting more comfortable. You can then increase it to twice a week and so forth.
Make Bigger Portions
If you look at your ancestors, you will soon see that they did not have the luxury of being able to refrigerate things. The great thing is that we do. If you can refrigerate things, then this can cut down your cooking time by 50% throughout the entire week. If you can cook once a week then make sure that you make enough for leftovers. If you can do this, then you will soon find that you only have to cook once per week, but you get two days of food out of it. If you continue to apply this logic, then you will soon find that you can cook 3 days out of the week but have enough meals to cover you for 6.
Of course, if you want to start cooking more, then there are a few things that you can do, and if you follow this guide, you will soon find that you can not only be healthier but you can also be much happier. If you want to try and be healthier overall, then you may want to try and eat things such as carrot sticks, and celery sticks for snacks. If you can do that, then you will find it easier not to snack on things that are unhealthy throughout the day so keep that in mind.
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