If you don’t love cooking, maybe I can help to make it more fun for you?
I know that sometimes I don’t find cooking to be all that fun. I can get into a rut just like everyone else.
So that’s why I’ve listed my best “fun” cooking tips for you.
Fun Cooking Tip #1
Check out new recipes.
Sometimes just seeing the beautiful food photos and reading the recipe can spark some inspiration and fun in your kitchen.
You can head to your local bookstore. Or look up your favourite nutritionists, chefs, bakers, and other online foodies. Maybe do a quick search on Google or Pinterest to see thousands of new ideas.
These are some of the sites I look to for healthy, veg-friendly inspiration:
Perhaps you have some ingredients in your fridge that are just waiting to be eaten?
This was how I developed my love of cooking. I was unemployed and had access to dozens of my sister’s cookbooks. Realizing that I could make anything I wanted to eat (with a little practice) was what started me on my healthy living journey.
Pro Tip: Searching through recipes can be so fun and inspiring, and can also end up taking waaaay longer than planned. So, consider setting your timer when you start browsing. The last thing you want is to take too much time looking, that you don’t leave enough time for cooking.
Fun Cooking Tip #2
Make grocery shopping fun and inspiring.
When you’re at the grocery store, try something that you haven’t had in a while. Is there a seasonal fruit or vegetable you haven’t had for months? What about a childhood favourite? Did you come across something totally delicious at a restaurant or get-together lately?
Or, browse around the store looking for something you haven’t had before; something that is completely new to you. Be adventurous and fun. Then you can go to tip #1 to find new and inspiring recipes when you get home.
Fun Cooking Tip #3
Keep it simple!
Sometimes when I see a great food picture, I immediately get inspired to make it. But if I look at the ingredients or instructions and they’re too long, I stop. While there are times when I’m inspired and dive into a new great recipe; when I’m not all that inspired, I need to keep things simple.
A few ways to keep things simple are to:
Search for recipes with 10 or fewer ingredients, and five or fewer instructions;
Search for recipes that can be made in one pot or pan;
Buy ingredients that are ready to cook with (pre-washed salad greens, diced squashes, frozen vegetables, etc.)
Put on some music and invite someone to join you.
Do you have kids that need to learn the critical life skill of cooking? Perhaps your partner would love to join you? What about having a “cooking party” where everyone brings something and pitches in on the process?
Fun Cooking Tip #5
If none of the other tips work for you, invest in some kitchen swag!
Having proper kitchen tools makes cooking so much easier and faster. When’s the last time you sharpened your (our bought yourself a new) knife? Could dicing carrots with a dull knife be draining the fun from cooking? Or is blending a smoothie with a crummy blender, leaving it too chunky to enjoy, making you feel less excited to try new smoothie recipes? I know it does for me.
Here are some of my favourite kitchen gadgets:
High Speed Blender: Can be used for smoothies, soups, nut butters, flours, ice cream. I’ve loved my Vitamix so far. It’s a big investment but totally worth it in my opinion. I used it almost every day.
Garlic Press: This simple tool not only speeds up the garlic-chopping process but prevents your fingers from smelling like garlic afterwards. Stainless steel are better quality and longer lasting.
Salad Spinner: I really feel that when we have tools that make preparing foods easier, we are more likely to eat them. I sometimes wash a large amount of greens and keep them in the salad spinner in the fridge to be enjoyed for up to 3 days. I like this compact one.
Glass Storage Containers: After cooking up a storm you’ll need to store those delicious leftovers to enjoy later. Glass containers are the safest option and a great addition to any kitchen. I’ve also found some good deals on glass containers at Costco.
Good Quality Knife: Dull knives are actually more dangerous than sharp ones because they can slip in unpredictable ways. Sharp knives are actually safer and do a better job at what we need them to do – chopping!
You know that cooking is key to healthy eating. And, yes, it does get boring from time to time.
Try one (or all) of my fun cooking tips to inspire you to get over to your kitchen and cook yourself some great dishes.
You already know your health will thank you.
Recipe (simple and fun): One Skillet Frittata
¼ cup almond milk, unsweetened
1 tsp olive oil, extra virgin
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 handful baby spinach
1 small zucchini, sliced into thin coins
1 clove of garlic, minced
1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved
1 dash herbs and spice to taste (parsley, sage, paprika, turmeric, etc.)
1 dash salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 375F.
Whisk together eggs and almond milk.
Heat an ovenproof skillet (e.g. cast iron) on the stove with the olive oil.
To the hot skillet add garlic, spinach, and zucchini. Cook for 1-2 minutes until the spinach wilts and the zucchini starts to soften.
Add the tomatoes, herbs, spices, salt, and pepper.
Pour in the eggs.
Place the skillet into the oven and bake for 20-30 minutes, until eggs are set.
Serve & enjoy!
Tip: Feel free to substitute your veggies and use what you have on-hand. Try diced pepper instead of tomatoes, or chopped kale instead of spinach. Have fun with this!