Cooking Tips

The Organised Meal

By April 13, 2014 No Comments

If you’ve recently moved away from home, you’re probably missing some creature comforts like regular meals on tap.  Nothing beats home cooking!  Good nutrition is a cornerstone of health and you’ll notice that when you’re eating well, you feel stronger physically, more alert mentally and calmer emotionally.

Cooking is a life skill well worth learning for many reasons:

  • It’s usually cheaper than eating out or buying take-always.
  • You know what you’re getting – ready-made meals are often filled with preservatives and other nasties.
  • You can cook food the way you like it.
  • Cooking for others is a wonderful way to show love – a good meal is one sure-fire way to your man/woman’s heart!

With some clever planning, you can make sure you’re eating good home-cooked meals every day, even if you’re on a tight budget.  Here’s how to go about it:

  1. Draw up a schedule of meals and healthy snacks for the week, keeping it simple and taking into account your activities each day.
  2. Plan your meals based on how much time you will have available to prepare them e.g. stews take a while to cook, while stir-fries can be really quick.
  3. Include some protein, healthy starch and veggies in each meal so your body can get the nutrients it needs.
  4. Now draw up a shopping list of all the ingredients you will need (this will also help you to stick to a budget).
  5. Do a weekly shop using your list.
  6. Follow your meal schedule as far as possible, allowing some flexibility for days when your plans change.
  7. Consider cooking enough for several meals at once and then freeze them in appropriately sized containers for the following weeks.

With a plan and the right ingredients on hand, it’s much easier to establish a cooking routine that works for you.  Try experimenting with different ingredients and think of cooking as a relaxing and playful activity that helps you wind down after your day.  You’ll be amazed at how much easier life seems when you’re eating well!

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