Have Fun Cooking & Save Time In The Kitchen!

I love to play in the kitchen! Cooking is my therapy, my creative outlet, and part of my “me time.” I enjoy finding new recipes and adding my own twist. When I make my own meals I also feel great that I know exactly what is going into my body. I feel vibrant and energized!

Some of you may be thinking, “I don’t have the time to cook,” “I have no idea how to cook, or “How can I possibly cook meals to please everyone in the household?” Cooking doesn’t have to be a long, intense process. The key is to keep it simple. Now simple doesn’t mean bland and boring. You can create a delicious, nutritious meal in less than an hour for you and your loved ones to enjoy!

Here are 15 of my favorite tips to have fun cooking & save time in the kitchen!

  • Choose recipes that require 5 ingredients or less and make dishes that take no longer than an hour to prep and cook

  • Set The Setting. Play your favorite music, light a candle. Create an atmosphere you love!

  • Use a Timer, so you can accomplish other tasks while your food is cooking

  • Experiment with varied styles of cooking such as raw, steaming, roasting, baking, boiling, or sautéing

  • Change it up and dress it up! Use a variety of vegetables, fruit, proteins, whole grains, nuts, healthy fats, oils, and seasonings!

  • Cook with others to share the work and make it a bonding experience.  Involve your significant others, children, and friends

  • Exchange recipes with others and learn their favorite dishes!

  • Prepare in Advance. Chop and season your dishes the night prior, so you can just place them in the oven when you are ready to eat!

  • Use a Slow Cooker or a Pressure Cooker – These appliances will become your best time-saving friends, and you can create your whole meal in a pot. And even better, the meal will be ready for you when you come home!

  • Only cook foods you love, but don’t be afraid to try something new!

  • Prepare in large quantities, so you can freeze it or save it for later in the week!

  • Get Creative with leftovers, so you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time with others. Use the whole grain you made for the dinner the night before, add it to your breakfast bowl, toss it in a salad, or use it in your stir fry!

  • Include varied condiments and toppings on the table such as oils, nuts, seeds, sauces, hummus, and sliced avocado to please everyone’s particular taste buds

  • Be Patient and kind to yourself. It's okay to make mistakes in the kitchen; It is all a learning process! Just continue to practice, and cooking will come second nature to you in no time. 

  • Eat with others and connect over your delicious, healthy, home-cooked meal!

The more you cook, the easier it will get, and the more you will enjoy it! Creating a fun, healthy, and simple cooking practice is all part of your progressive transformation. Have fun in the kitchen and put love into your food. Not only will you taste the difference, but you will feel great, and anyone lucky enough to dine with you will appreciate you!

Talya Kosstrin