4 Ways to Make Healthy Cooking at Home More Fun

By Elizabeth Jarrard on February 18, 2015 , categorized in In the Kitchen

The truth is, although cooking at home may seem like a time investment, and not worth the couple of dollars you’ll save, it’s almost guaranteed to be healthier than a meal you eat or take out (even if you’re not purposefully “healthy cooking”).1 And when you factor in the time it takes to get to your favorite restaurant (or peruse their menu online), order, eat, pay the bill and return, it really doesn’t even save you time to eat out. But making cooking at home more fun is what you’ve really been waiting for. Here are some ways I like to take the monotony out of cooking:

1. Pick up a new-to-you cookbook

Peruse a new genre (Southern fare anyone?), style (don’t mind the swear words) or artistic treatment (watercolors always win) of cooking. Not ready to commit? Check out a couple cookbooks from your library first.

2. Make it into a game

How many new-to-you ingredients can you try this week? Can you beat your BFF in the number of home cooked meals you make this month? Can you challenge your live-in partner in a cook-off? What would your black box of ingredients be? Turn cooking at home into a game—against yourself or some friendly competition.

3. Turn to an expert

After you register for (FREE) Thrive Forward, be sure to check out Thrive Forward: Kitchen Edition. Brendan Brazier is joined by Chef Susan Feniger, Chef Matthew Kenney and Holistic Nutritionist Peggy K. to show how cooking plant-based at home can be easy and enjoyable.

4. Get inspired by a YouTube star

Pick your cooking style and watch away:

• You like to get busy in the kitchen

Sexy Vegan Cooking shows you how to give your kale some love. Massage time!

• Some like it raw

The creative Laura Miller proves in Raw.Vegan.Not.Gross that raw meals can be delicious and fun. (While you’re at it, check out her amazing fruit and veggie costume shots).

• Ready to geek it out?

Why not have a little fun in the kitchen and let your geek flag fly? Nerdy Nummies may inspire you to bake Star Wars Cake, Vegan Bronut Donut Holes, or Minecraft Candy Pops. (You’ll have to get creative about how to make plant-based, nutrient dense versions of these).

Not your kind of geekdom? Howabout Science and Cooking Lecture series at Harvard University?

• All Hail Seitan

Vegan Black Metal Chef is not what you’d expect a cooking show to be like. Recipes sung as heavy metal songs, why not? Start with Smoothie Alchemy.

• You’re an edgy vegan

Want recipes that are easy, and delicious (or maybe you’re still searching for a Vegan Big Mac?). Subscribe to the Edgy Veg at your own risk!

How do YOU make cooking at home fun? Share by tagging an Instagram picture with #BestLifeProject

 

References

  1. Wolfson JA, Bleich SN. (2014). Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention? Public Health Nutrition.

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Elizabeth Jarrard

Elizabeth Jarrard is a registered dietitian in Denver, CO who specializes in medical nutrition therapy and plant-based nutrition. She educates clients and consumers on how to optimize their health through nutrition.

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