6 Practical Ways to Make Cooking More Enjoyable
Do you enjoy cooking? Or do you avoid it because it’s such a chore?
If you need some inspiration to start cooking (and make it more fun) then this article is for you!
I’ve compiled my five best tips and fun recipes for you to try.
Practical Cooking Tip #1
Keep it simple!
Sometimes when you see a great food picture, you immediately become inspired to make it. But the ingredients or instructions may be too long and complicated. That is why it is important to keep things simple.
Some of the ways to keep things simple are to:
- Look for recipes that can be made on one pan or in one pot;
- Look for recipes with 10 or less ingredients with 5 or less steps;
- Buy ingredients that are ready to cook with (pre-washed salad greens, diced carrots, frozen vegetables, etc.)
Practical Cooking Tip #2
Follow a meal plan.
Weekly meal plans are phenomenal for keeping your health and wallet in check. Start with recipes you would like to enjoy for the week. Schedule them throughout the week (eg. Monday: breakfast, lunch dinner etc). All that’s left is purchasing all the ingredients so they are ready to go once you need them for a recipe.
To make this a little easier, you may want to try out a free 3 day meal plan by CLICKING HERE. It includes recipes and a complete shopping list to cook meals in just under 30 minutes. For a 7-day meal plan, CLICK HERE.
Practical Cooking Tip #3
Put on some music and invite someone to join you.
Have a “cooking party” where everyone brings something and pitches in to the process.
Involve your kids in the food preparation as well. Not only will this be fun for everyone, but they will be learning a critical life skill of cooking. Perhaps your partner would love to join you too.
Practical Cooking Tip #4
Search new recipes for inspiration.
Sometimes just seeing the beautiful food photos and reading the recipe can spark some inspiration and fun in your kitchen.
You can head to your local bookstore. Or look up your favourite nutritionists, chefs, bakers, and other online foodies. Maybe do a quick search on Google or Instagram to see thousands of new ideas.
Perhaps you have some ingredients in your fridge that are just waiting to be eaten.
Pro Tip: Searching through recipes can be so fun and inspiring, and can also end up taking longer than planned. Consider setting your timer when you start browsing. The last thing you want is to take too much time looking, that you don’t leave enough time for cooking.
Practical Cooking Tip #5
Make grocery shopping fun and inspiring.
When you’re at the grocery store, try something that you haven’t had in a while. Is there a seasonal fruit or vegetable you haven’t had for months? What about a childhood favourite? Did you come across something delicious at a restaurant or get-together lately?
Browse around the store looking for something you haven’t had before; something that is completely new to you. Be adventurous and fun. Then you can go to tip #4 to find new and inspiring recipes when you get home.
Practical Cooking Tip #6
If none of the other tips work for you, invest in some kitchen swag!
Having proper kitchen tools makes cooking so much easier and faster. When was the last time you sharpened your (or bought yourself a new) knife? Could dicing carrots with a dull knife be draining the fun from cooking? Or is blending a smoothie with a poor quality blender, leaving it too chunky to enjoy, making you feel less excited to try new smoothie recipes?
You know that cooking is key to healthy eating. And, yes, it does get boring from time to time.
Try one (or all) of my fun and practical cooking tips to inspire you to get over to your kitchen and cook yourself some great dishes.
You already know your health will thank you.
Recipe: One Skillet Frittata (Serves 4)
- 8 eggs
- ¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened
- 1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 handful baby spinach
- 1 small zucchini, sliced into thin coins
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 dash herbs and spice to taste (parsley, sage, paprika, turmeric, etc.)
- 1 dash salt and pepper
- Preheat oven to 375F.
- Whisk together eggs and almond milk.
- Heat an ovenproof skillet (e.g. cast iron) on the stove with the olive oil.
- To the hot skillet add garlic, spinach, and zucchini. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the spinach wilts and the zucchini starts to soften.
- Add the tomatoes, herbs, spices, salt, and pepper.
- Pour in the eggs.
- Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until eggs are set.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: Feel free to substitute your veggies and use what you have on-hand. Try diced pepper instead of tomatoes, or chopped kale instead of spinach. Have fun with this!
Dr. Anna ND