5 Tips to Make Cooking More Fun!

by Beaming with Health on October 16, 2012

More and more, cooking has become a lost art. The most popular reasons I hear from clients as to why they don’t cook are either that they don’t know how or that they don’t have enough time.

As for the first reason, I think many people stay away from the kitchen, simply because they are intimidated. I used to be this way myself. Once I got a bit more familiar with cooking, I really started to enjoy it and found it therapeutic. Not to mention, the type A in me found it rewarding to produce a successful meal that tasted good.

As for the time argument, well there are ways around this. Cooking in batches, freezing food, and using a slow-cooker are just a few of the ways to save time in the kitchen.

One of the keys to maintaining your health, in my opinion, is eating at least some home-cooked food. I am here to share with you 5 simple tips which will make cooking a much more enjoyable experience.

1. Cook with Friends

I love going out to eat. It is often a social outlet, and I thoroughly enjoy trying new foods. It can be just as fun to get a group together for an evening of cooking. Think about it, still a social outlet, still trying new foods, and you don’t have to deal with reservations or crowds!

Next time you are planning an outing with friends, have each person pick a recipe (salad, dessert, main dish) as well as bring the ingredients for that recipe. Then, get together with a nice bottle of wine and some great music, and cook up a storm! This is also a great way to learn new cooking techniques and discover unfamiliar ingredients. If you want to do things iron chef style, spice up your party with a little friendly competition. Have a cook off!

2. Make it Special

Picture this scene: just you in the kitchen drinking a little wine, your favorite band is playing in the background, your phone is far away in the other room, maybe you are in your skivvies, and all you have to think about is the beautiful food you are about to prepare.

Make it an event, let it help you unwind, savor the various smells and flavors, shut out the rest of the world for a bit.

3. Prepare Food in Batches

This is the most efficient way to cook for yourself or family. If you prepare large batches of food to eat throughout the week or freeze, you save a lot of time and energy. I also like this method because it gets all my dish washing out of the way at once. I mess up my kitchen on Sundays and then don’t have to worry about it for a few days.

No one likes to think about cooking when they get home from a long and sometimes stressful day. By cooking ahead of time, you ensure that you have an amazing meal waiting for you at home!

Some ideas that work well for batch cooking are soups, stews, healthy lasagnas, meatballs, salads, roasted veggies, coconut curries, and hey you can even throw in some nutrient-dense cookies or truffles (see my recipe page for ideas). I love the build-a-bowl concept. Prepare various grains, meats, veggies, and sauces at the beginning of the week and then mix and match throughout the week!

4. Visit a Farmer’s Market

The beauty of farmer’s markets is that they expose you to new ingredients. This makes cooking a bit more interesting because most of us probably fall into our produce ruts.

When you are there, you can even ask for tips on preparation or suggestions for how to use fruits and veggies in meals. I discovered some squash blossoms during a recent trip to the farmer’s market and I learned 3 different ways to prepare them.

5. Take a Cooking Class

Want to broaden your horizons in the kitchen? Take a class. Why not rope some friends or a date in and make a night of it? This will help to ease the intimidation factor (with cooking or your date ;) ). You can set up a private or group cooking class with Beaming with Health here.

I hope these tips were helpful. Now I would love to hear from you. What stops you from getting into the kitchen?

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