Everyone has the power to make choices to improve their health and healthy eating doesn’t have to mean giving up delicious and satisfying food. With these cooking tips you and your family can enjoy the wonderful flavors of delicious food that’s healthy too.
Healthy cooking doesn’t have to be bland and boring and cooking, in general, doesn’t have to be laborious and time consuming. That said. There’s no denying that when you eat a healthy [mostly] whole foods diet, you spend more time preparing meals than you would going through a drive through or heating up a frozen dinner.
The good news is a little extra time in the kitchen is a great investment in your health. And there are always time saving tips.
My first thought is to recommend cloning my husband. He’s the most efficient and intuitive cook I know. He can estimate serving sizes, meal prep like a boss and estimate amounts of ingredients without measuring cups and spoons with an uncanny accuracy.
But, since there is only one of him, I have 10 tips that will help make your cooking experience more enjoyable and efficient.
10 Tips for An Enjoyable and Efficient Cooking Experience
- Read a recipe from beginning to end before you start preparing. Avoid getting to the middle of a recipe just to realize you’re out of green onions. And if you do realize you’re out of an ingredient, save ourself a trip and substitute ingredients with whatever you have on hand.
- When planning meals, recreate new versions of dishes you love. Try your favorite pasta with a different sauce or your favorite stir fry with different veggies. Make your favorite pasta sauce and try it over rice or vegetables.
- To minimize waste, prepare meals with the foods that will spoil the most quickly first. Plan recipes with the most fresh produce to serve earlier in the week.
- Use herbs and seasonings from your favorite cuisines in your own recipe creations. If you love Mexican spices (I’m a big fan of cilantro and cumin) use them in a variety of dishes.
- The rule for substituting dried herbs for fresh is 1:3. For example 2 teaspoons of dried herb versus 6 teaspoons (2 tablespoons) of a fresh herb.
- Instead of salt, add a boost of flavor to your recipes with herbs, spices and salt-free blends. With the great flavors you won’t miss less salt.
- Create seasonal recipes. Preparing recipes with what’s in season not only tastes amazing, it’s cheaper and has the best nutritional content.
- Keep it simple. It’s often the simple things in life that are best. Great tasting recipes don’t have to be complicated.
- Batch cooking for the week. Foods like rice, quinoa, salad dressings and pasta can be made at the beginning of the week for multiple quick and easy meals throughout the week.
- Get in the habit of weekly menu planning and meal prep.
Related Content: Beginner’s Guide To Menu Planning and Meal Prep
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