If you don’t love cooking, maybe I can help to make it more fun for you?
I know that sometimes I don’t find cooking to be all that fun. I definitely don’t like to slave in the kitchen for hours. And I can get into a rut just like everyone else.
So that’s why I’ve listed my best “fun” cooking tips for you.
Check out new recipes
This one is my favourite! 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 Pinterest to see thousands of new ideas.
Check out my Pinterest full of tasty recipes that I’ve curated from around the internet (plus a few of my own): https://www.pinterest.ca/bonnieflemingto/
Perhaps you have some ingredients in your fridge that are just waiting to be eaten.
TIP: Searching through recipes can be so fun and inspiring, that you end up spending way longer than planned. So, consider setting your timer when you start browsing. The last thing you want is to take so much time looking, that you don’t leave enough time for cooking.
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 totally delicious at a restaurant or get-together lately?
Or, 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 home and find new and inspiring recipes when you get home.
Keep it simple!
Sometimes when I see a great food picture, I immediately get inspired to make it. But if I look at the ingredients or instructions and they’re too long or complicated, I stop. I need to keep things simple.
A few ways to keep things simple are to:
- Search for recipes with 10 or fewer ingredients, and five or fewer instructions;
- Search for recipes that can be made in one pot or pan;
- Buy ingredients that are ready to cook with (pre-washed salad greens, diced squashes, frozen vegetables, etc.)
Put on some music and invite someone to join you.
Do you have kids that need to learn the critical life skill of cooking? Perhaps your partner would love to join you? What about having a “cooking party” where everyone brings something and pitches in on the process?
Invest in some kitchen swag!
Having proper kitchen tools makes cooking so much easier and faster. When’s 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 crummy blender, leaving it too chunky to enjoy, making you feel less excited to try new smoothie recipes? I know it does for me.
Here are some of the kitchen tools I own and use the most. (affiliate links)
You know that cooking is the key to healthy eating. And, yes, it does get boring from time to time, when you’re doing it day after day. Try one (or all) of my fun cooking tips to inspire you to get over to your kitchen and cook yourself some great dishes.
And, if you’re looking for 4 weeks of tasty, easy to prepare, healthy recipes along with support, nutrition learning and encouragement (and live calls with Bonnie!), check out the Finding Foodease program.