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:
- Draw up a schedule of meals and healthy snacks for the week, keeping it simple and taking into account your activities each day.
- 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.
- Include some protein, healthy starch and veggies in each meal so your body can get the nutrients it needs.
- Now draw up a shopping list of all the ingredients you will need (this will also help you to stick to a budget).
- Do a weekly shop using your list.
- Follow your meal schedule as far as possible, allowing some flexibility for days when your plans change.
- 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!