So Much More than Salads: How to Up Your Cooking Game

By Sarah Wilson, RHN on January 29, 2015 , categorized in In the Kitchen

Healthy doesn’t mean boring bland salads, or mind-numbing workouts you hate.  Health is about finding something that gets you super pumped and excited about your overall wellness. I’m a holistic nutritionist that loves taking the ordinary, and making it kick a$$!  It’s time to get creative, step outside the box, and discover your own way to thrive. My mission is to help you find that path.  

Getting tired of always being the guest to dinner parties? Always wanted to step up your cooking game and host your own dinner but never felt confident with your skills? Now’s the time to dust off your oven mitts and show your kitchen who’s boss. The days of TV dinners and microwaves are long gone; there’s a whole new generation of hip, food-loving critics. Here are some tips that will have your dinner guests lighting up social media as they tweet before they eat.

Get Schooled…. In a good way

Want to make a meal that will blow people’s minds? Try out an evening cooking class. Check out your local Whole Foods, or health food store, they’ll often have evening lessons hosted by local chefs. By taking a class offered at these locations, you’ll not only be learning how to make an amazing meal, it will most likely be a healthy meal. You’ll even be able to save some time by buying all your groceries there as well. Score! Learn how to cook a new exciting meal, then grab all the goods you need to make it at home…all in one spot.

Book it

Hit up your favorite bookstore and find yourself a cookbook that really resonates with you.  Whether it’s your favorite celebrity that’s come out with a cookbook (one of my personal favorites is the Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone), an interesting cooking style (crockpot cooking, plant-based meals, or ethnic flavors) or a beginner’s guide to making easy healthy meals, if you find something that entices you, you’re far more likely to stick with it.

You can even make your own online library by saving recipes from your favorite bloggers. You’ll find Hot for Food, My New Roots, and This Rawsome Vegan Life saved in my favorites for easy access. There are tons of bloggers out there that have dedicated their site to recipes, as well as their favorite kitchen supplies and products. Not sure what gluten-free flour to use? Ask them! You can find some really great conversations in the comments below the recipe posts.

Virtual Reality

Need some smoking hot recipes on the fly? You can find some great foodie vloggers that have made video tutorials to show how to pull off even the most daunting recipes. You will be walked through their recipes, and even shown which tools to use and how to properly prepare your ingredients. The beauty of these tutorials is that they take out the guesswork. Not sure what the term “julienne” means, or how to “sweat garlic”? No worries, they’ll show you.  It’s kind of like being prepared (since you’ll be able to pick up the ingredients ahead of time) for your favorite cooking show.  Follow along and you’ll be amazed at what you can create.

Really Digging the Online Stuff?

Ok, you’ve mastered a few amazing recipes that you’ve snagged from your favorite food blogger, but now you want to be the creator.  Sign up for an online cooking program.  This will teach you proper cooking techniques, knife skills, flavor pairing and the ideal basics to create your own killer recipes. I’m currently enrolled in Rouxbe which has an excellent plant-based culinary program to build your skills and confidence in the kitchen. There are many other online cooking courses out there; find one that appeals to you and give it a shot! Before long you’ll find yourself being inspired by different ingredients or flavors and wanting to share your very own kitchen creations with the world! Heck, you might even start your own blog….you never know.

Do you cook? What helped you get started?

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Sarah Wilson, RHN

Sarah is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist, Personal Trainer and works at Vega as a Product Specialist. Sarah educates from experience! Drawing on her retail leadership in the natural health industry, her own nutrition consulting, and a personal passion, she equips audiences with tools and inspiration to feel their absolute best from the inside, out. Specializing in sports and fitness recommendations, Sarah is active as a runner, playing soccer or enjoying the Rocky Mountains on her snowboard.

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