With the abundance of cooking shows on TV, the overflowing recipes on Pinterest, and the new wave of healthy eating, cooking in general can be a little intimidating, especially if you are a newbie to the kitchen.
But don’t let those Instagram photos haunt you anymore. You, too, can make healthy and delicious meals without spending hours upon hours perfecting your skills.
Here are 6 tips to help you find your culinary bliss:
1. Focus on trying one new recipe a week. Instead of feeling stressed about finding the perfect recipe or making the perfect dish, simply start with trying one new recipe a week of something you already enjoy. Maybe you really like hummus? Great, find an awesome hummus recipe. This will get you excited about trying something new without the pressure. You will also start to have a pretty decent recipe collection started after only a few months.
2. Get others involved. Get your kids or significant involved in the kitchen with you! Having a helping hand is more enjoyable, gets tasks done faster, and is more fun overall!
3. Listen to music while cooking. Set the mood by putting on your favorite tunes. Listening to music will not only help shift your mood while cooking, it will also make the time go by faster.
4.Cook once, eat twice. Make meals, like soups or grain salads that can either last a few days or be frozen. This ensures you can enjoy your meal more than once. This will not only save you time, but you will appreciate the fact that your work paid off not only once, but twice!
5. Learn to love smoothies. Smoothies are a fantastic way to not only incorporate more fruits and vegetables into your diet, but they are great for an on-the-go meal or snack. They are also both easy to make and easy to clean up, making them a win-win all around.
6. Don’t be afraid to mess-up. Just because you try a recipe once and it didn’t turn out right, doesn’t mean that you don’t like that meal. Learn from your cooking experiences and see what you could change to make it even better next time. Don’t dismiss your favorite dishes because they don’t turn out right the first time.