It’s fair to say that there are a lot of people who wish they could spend more time cooking their meals at home, and less time eating out. There are a variety of different reasons for this, but for some reason something always seems to get in the way. We always think, “I’ll just start tomorrow.” Well, tomorrow is now and you’d better do something about it. If you’re trying to think of some ways to motivate yourself to cook more often, here are some simple ideas to do so…
Buy kitchenware you want to use
If you want to cook, properly, then you need to have the right tools to do so. For example, mixing batter or cream without a beater is terribly tedious. However, when you have the right tools, cooking stops becoming a chore and becomes more of a fun hobby!
For this reason, consider the meals that you want to make, and what type of cooking you’d like to get better at. Then, think of what types of kitchenware items you’ll need to make those recipes a lot easier. After a while, you’ll start to recognize what things you use most in your kitchen, and you’ll be able to set up a kitchen space that works better for how you use it.
Create a kitchen you want to cook in
Just like it’s more fun to cook in a kitchen with the proper kitchenware, so too is it a lot more fun to cook in a kitchen that you actually enjoy being in. If you have a beaten down kitchen that is falling apart, no one can blame you for wanting to go out for a bite to eat after you get home after a long day.
For this reason, you’re far more likely to use a kitchen that you’ve taken the time, care, and money into restoring and making better. Adding new cabinets or stone countertops makes cooking in your kitchen far more convenient. On top of that, updating your kitchen adds tremendously to your home’s value.
Healthy eating is easier
Do you have any long-term health goals that you feel like you’re not properly working towards? Does it seem difficult to keep the right kinds of foods in your diet, or the wrong kinds of foods out? Well, it’s a lot easier to eat healthy when you are planning out your meals and cooking them yourself. A service such as Blue Apron can help give you ideas for healthy meals that can be made at home. Use this blue apron coupon to test the service out and save money.
On top of being able to pick healthier meals, you avoid the uncertainty of how certain restaurants cook even their healthy options. For example, you might think a place’s chicken and broccoli couldn’t possibly be bad for you, but if they use a stick of butter to give it that creamy taste, then you aren’t doing your cholesterol any favors.
Think of the savings!
Money tends to be a very strong motivator for a lot of people. If you are looking for some additional tips to get yourself to cook at home, then simply take out a pen and paper and write down the costs of going out to eat at a restaurant, versus what it would cost you to make the same meal at home.
Remember, too, that your meal will probably be able to stretch into several meals, very comfortably, thus further cutting on the cost. When you do this, you’ll see how eating out becomes a major expense that is eating away at your pocket book.
Try making new things that excite you
Are there any types of meals that you wish you could eat more of? Or is there a specific dish that you’ve always wanted to try? Well, if you are going to a restaurant, you’ll have to do a lot of research to find a place that makes that specific dish, and then hope that they do it rather well.
On the other hand, you can make whatever meals excite you, whenever you want, by only doing a little bit of research to learn how to make it and putting in the time to actually do it. The quality of your cuisine can take a major jump when you decide to cook at home, more often!
Guest post by Alek Sabin
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