If you’re heading into your retirement and beginning to think of ways you might spend the extra time on your hands, maybe you’re already thinking about trying to cook at home more often. Or perhaps you’re just setting new goals for yourself but having a hard time saying no to takeaways every week.
Either way, there are many benefits of cooking for yourself but it’s not always the most exciting of ventures if you’re not a passionate chef. Here are four ways to help you enjoy and even look forward to cooking at home.
Find Inspiring Recipes
One of the easiest ways to get inspired is to peruse various cooking resources to find recipes that speak to you. You might not want to spend more than 30 minutes cooking every day or perhaps you want to use the least amount of ingredients possible. Whatever your criteria, there are heaps of resources that will help you succeed.
Social media is slam-packed with quick and easy recipe ideas for people of all dietary needs and desires. What’s more, they’re often accompanied by a detailed video so you can see how it’s made.
Buy Yourself Some New Kitchen Supplies
There is nothing like trying out a new toy for the first time. Once you’ve selected your recipes, treat yourself to some new kitchen supplies that will make your quest to cook at home a lot simpler and more efficient.
You don’t have to splash out on something expensive like a Kitchen Aid or Ninja blender, you can simply buy yourself a garlic crusher or perhaps a nice cast iron skillet so you can go from stove to oven in one move!
Invite Friends Over For Dinner
If you’re up for a little challenge and don’t feel too pressured, why not invite a few friends over to your place so that you can cook one of your favorite recipes for them? This will inspire you to perfect whatever delicious dish you might be serving up and will give you the push you need to master it! What’s more, the stakes are low and you’re risking nothing. It doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner party, a simple pasta is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Make Something Completely Unhealthy Just For Fun
Cooking at home doesn’t have to be strict and healthy! Even though cooking for yourself is naturally healthier than going out to eat, it’s important to not exhaust yourself or be too hard on yourself. Allow space for some unhealthy days. Make a foodie recipe full of butter or chocolate or something completely over-the-top decadent! Pull out that frying oil and make a bit of a mess, it’s good for the soul…just like cooking.