How to make home cooking part of your lifestyle

If you eat out a few times per month, try to limit restaurants to once a month at first and see how you feel.

It may not be easy initially, but once you get into the habit of making your own food at home, you might just find that you like your own cooking better than restaurant food.

Miss out on the socializing part?  Host your own casual dinner party at home.  Might I suggest a DIY pizza toppings bar?

Try homemade versions of your favourite indulgent foods

Have a favourite treat you just can’t give up because it’s just too darn good? Get creative and find a way to make a healthier version.  I’m willing to bet that this is how kale chips were invented in the first place.

For example, if you like nachos, try layering tortilla chips with shredded vegetables, black beans and crumbled feta cheese instead of greasy beef and heaps of full-fat cheddar cheese.  Even if you’re generous with the toppings, you’ll still be saving hundreds of calories compared to restaurant nachos.

Have fun with it!

Unless you’re a contestant on Iron Chef, try not to take cooking too seriously. Regardless of your skill level, making food should be a playful, enjoyable experience. Try new things, experiment with different ingredients, make mistakes and learn from them.  You might have a few mishaps, but it doesn’t matter.  Just try again…and again and again!

How do you find ways to cook more meals at home?  Leave a comment and let me know!

Jennifer Andrews, B.Sc., M.Sc.

Nutritional scientist // Marketing professional // Food blogger

www.ricottaandradishes.com

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