If you don’t love cooking, you are not alone! As a Health Coach a lot of people are surprised that I don’t find cooking to be all that fun either. I can get into a rut just like everyone else.
So that’s why I’ve come up with some fun cooking tips for you. Maybe I can help to make it more fun for you.
Check out new recipes. 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 favorite nutritionists, chefs, bakers, and other online foodies. Maybe do a quick search on Google or Pinterest to see thousands of new ideas.
Here is my Pinterest page if you would like to browse some of the recipes I’ve pinned. It is still a work in progress just to be fair warned. https://www.pinterest.com/Heidi_Ann_Hansen/
Perhaps you have some ingredients in your fridge that are just waiting to be eaten. Search for recipes with those ingredients.
Note: Searching through recipes can be so fun and inspiring but it can also end up taking way longer than planned. Guilty over here! So, 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 prepping or cooking.
Make grocery shopping fun. Let’s be honest this is probably most people’s least favorite thing to do when it comes to cooking. I find though that if you have done some planning before heading out it isn’t that bad. See Tip #1.
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 favorite? 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 to tip #1 to find a new recipe 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 and its a lot of items I don’t have or the instructions are too long, I stop. While there may be times when I’m inspired to dive into a new great recipe; most times 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
- Search for recipes that can be made in 30 minutes or less
- 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? Or what about having a “cooking party” where everyone brings something and pitches in on the process?
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’s the last time you sharpened your (our 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. You don’t have to go all crazy and spend a bunch of money but once in a while it is nice to get something new to help you make cooking easier and fun.
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 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.
One Skillet Frittata
¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened
1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 handful baby spinach, 1 small zucchini, sliced into thin coins
1 clove of minced garlic, 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!