Things to Help You Eat Out Less and Cook Your Own Meals More Often
Setting out to reduce the frequency of eating out is one worthy goal anyone can hope to achieve. However, if you’ve been accustomed to foregoing home cooking and settling for fastfood or convenience foods, the switch to homemade cooking can be hard. Fortunately, there are things which can help you reach your goal of eating out less often and cooking up your own meals at home.
Food Blogs and Websites
Sometimes the only thing that can start us on the pathway to home cooking is to find motivation and inspiration from passionate foodies. Check out the 2011 list of top Food Blogs for some much-needed inspiration. There are blogs and sites aplenty which offer sound advices on how to cook, what to cook, how to shop, how to budget, how to serve and do all the other nitty-gritty aspects of meal planning. Read up on these sites if you want to stay motivated, get equipped or learn the trade secrets of healthy and easy cooking.
Cooking shows like Martha Stewart, Bobby Flay, Barefoot Contessa, Boy Meets Grill and Jamie Oliver are absolutely fun to watch and very inspiring. Let these shows stir you up from lethargy and excite you to whip up your own dishes at home.
Cooking shows may be powerful motivators for home cooking but there’s nothing quite like being able to stare at and hold graphically illustrated cookbooks. The cookbooks of today come with mouthwateringly delicious images of many dishes. Just the very sight of these culinary treasures is often enough to get us into a cooking mode. Be sure to look for cookbooks which are hardbound, easy to understand and follow, and with an assortment of choices ranging from classic comfort foods to unique international dishes.
Nothing can be more discouraging to the home cook than a poorly-equipped kitchen. If you really want to make your cooking time far easier and safer, invest in at least the barest essentials of kitchen equipment and utensils designed to make cooking a breeze. A non-porous island table, a basic oven and stovetop, the right pots and pans, a spice rack, an orderly pantry and an efficient kitchen layout encourages frequent cooking.
Household Management Skills
Juggling work and family is never easy. And a lot of times, these duties crowd out cooking times at the expense of the family’s health. In order to find time to cook, make cooking a priority, yet do not neglect the other aspects of family life. That is why parents everywhere should always be learning how to be more efficient household managers. Having a household management notebook helps a lot in attending to all household concerns. The rules of household management dictate that cooking, cleaning, shopping, work, leisure and all other essential human activities are given appropriate and balanced attention.
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