Start cooking by using simple techniques that you are already familiar with, for example, pan-searing a fillet of fish and serving it with a side of steamed broccoli and roasted carrots. Food doesn’t have to be fancy. If you are not confident in the kitchen, take a cooking class to learn basic knife skills and basic dishes to make for the busy work week.
A stir-fry is a great meal because all it takes is 1 large fry pan or wok, your choice of protein, 1-3 different types of veggies and a little cooking oil. If you have a crock pot / slow cooker, that’s another great way to start cooking. Simply add the ingredients in the morning and come home to a perfectly cooked meal in the evening after a long day (talk about convenience). When you cook larger quantities, you can portion out multiple meals for the week to save you cooking every day. There are lots of quick YouTube videos on how to prep and cook things in the kitchen at home if you are a visual learner.
The idea of home-cooking is not only about convenience or save more money, but also to change our lifestyle to eat healthier. Here are some tips to break in the old habits and overcome our resistance to start cooking:
- Smaller steps at beginning
Build yourself confidence and master cooking skills through small steps, not trying too much at once. For example, start with simple dishes and 1-2 times a week and increase it to next month. Don’t try to be zero to hero in kitchen as cooking need time to master and get used to it.
- Well preparation
Make sure you have enough equipment and ingredients needed. You don’t want to find yourself struggle in the kitchen finding things before you even haven’t started. Get a good chef’s knife that suitable for you, since it will make your work effortless.
- Well organization to avoid excuses
- “I don’t know how to cook”. Well, cooking is learnable skill. Read recipe twice and start with something simple, quick and nutritious.
- “I don’t have time or I don’t want to clean the mess”. Make a large proportion so that you can have more meals and less cleanup session. Take advantage of leftover to leverage your time and effort.
- Be flexible
When you are getting used with cooking, start looking at tips to help maximize your time and gain more motivation. For example: How to make nutritious meal in 10 mins, Top 5 easier dishes for beginner, How to prepare food for 3 times cooking.