Disclaimer: You're not dummies.
Many of you ask me how I cook such good looking meals. In reality, if you look closely at my dishes, I usually try to balance them with some sort of meat, a vegetable and a grain, either rice, sweet potatoes, quinoa, etc. It's not that hard. So here's my cooking guide for you folks who don't know where to start when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. I truly hope you know how to use a stove, oven, toaster or a crockpot (I also hope that you have these kitchen tools readily available). You'd be surprised how many people my age still make mac n cheese and heat up frozen dinners on the regular..I might be slightly judging you.
Cooking for me is relaxing and brings a sense of independence. Like, hell yeah, I can cook whatever I want and no one can stop me. The ability to cook a meal and meal prep for the week brings me so much excitement. I love food shopping and trying new foods. I love bringing in lunches at work, reheating them, and permeating the smell of the break room. People constantly ask "Oh! What are you eating?" Or sometimes they give me weird looks when I whip out the chia seed pudding. I honestly think that people are thrown off when they see something green or a salad, people instantly think your food is healthy. Truthfully: I don't use salad dressing. I literally just eat it plain or use balsamic vinegar and oil as a dressing. Needless to say, if you don't know how to cook or are too lazy to cook...change those habits. Cooking is fun. Here are some simple steps to start you off on your cooking journeys.
Get inspiration from Pinterest or a recipe from a blogger- chose simple dishes that can make leftovers for the week, for example, soups, crockpot recipes,
Make a list. Stick to your list. If you read my post last Monday, you'd know that list making and budgeting is the best way to tackle the supermarket.
Go to the grocery store. I'm probably the fastest shopper in the world because I know what I need and I stick with that.
Get your ingredients. Make sure that you are spending majority of your time in the produce section. Try to avoid the freezer aisles unless you are buying frozen fruits and veggies. Too much time spent lingering in the snack and prepared foods aisle will result in the urge to buy these processed foods.
Start to prepare your feast. Get all of your ingredients out in front of you. Play some music and enjoy your cooking experience.
Watch it cook and taste your food. Season it and test it to make sure it is up to your standards.
Snap a picture, enjoy and congratulate yourself for making something homemade.
Share some of your cooking photos with me!