Do you find it hard to cook at home?

Updated: Apr 9

If you are one of the lucky ones who really like and enjoy cooking as much as me, you can skip this post. On the contrary, if you try cooking at home but usually fail in the try... KEEP READING.

However, even if you're one of the people who like to cook, you can still read this successful post where I'm about to give you some tips to overcome the obstacles to cooking at home. Because let's be honest, even we who love to cook find it hard sometimes.

Cooking meals at home can result in healthier meals, lower food costs, and spending more time with your family. People who don't cook tend to buy more convenience foods when shopping, which are typically high in chemical additives, hormones, sugar, salt, unhealthy fat, and calories.

When you prepare your own meals, you have more control over the ingredients you use and consume. By cooking for yourself, you can ensure that you and your family eat fresh, wholesome meals. This can help you to look and feel healthier, boost your energy, and even stabilize your weight and mood.

People think cooking it's the hardest thing you could ask them to do. And they don't have the skills or they don't think they do. And they don't have the time. There's actually a lot of obstacles to cooking and different people have to deal with it in different ways.

Most common obstacles to cooking at home

  • Time

"I don't have time to cook", but cooking at home can even take less time that eating out.

Some people may really not have the time to cook everyday, three times a day. This is why it is important to prepare ahead. If you are aware that you do not have the time to cook during the week, organize your time in order for you to cook one day of the weekend or maybe a one day during the weekdays that you know you could have the time to cook for the whole week; or at least most of it.

Cooking does not have to be complicated. There are plenty of quick, simple, and wholesome meals you can cook at home in less time than it takes to travel to a restaurant or wait for a delivery. So try to find simple recipes, the ones you like the most, and start cooking them!

And yes, cooking may take a lot of time if you think of the whole process: from the shopping, chopping ingredients, to actually cooking, and then cleaning up. You can buy your ingredients online and have them delivered to your door or you can buy everything you need at one visit to the grocery store. Get your family involved and share the work (we'll get to this in the next point). Again, prepare ahead of time, and chop your veggies over the weekend when you have less pressure and stress.

  • Energy

"I'm too tired to cook at the end of a busy day", so you can share the work.

As I mentioned previously, you can share the work of cooking. This will help you not only to finish everything faster, or feel less tired afterward but it'll also allow you to share more time with your kids, partner, parents, and family members.

Now I know there are some "solo" people who live alone, who might be asking to themselves right now "who would I share the work with?". My answer is: with yourself. I know this does not make sense until I explain myself. If you live alone, unfortunately, you will have to do all the work. BUT you don't have to do all the work at once in one-time cooking. You can, as I said before, prepare ahead of time so that way you have part of the work done.

Also, creating healthy meals doesn’t have to involve a huge investment of effort. You can prepare meals in bulk and freeze leftovers in single portions to eat when you don’t have the time or energy to cook (that's what I usually do with grains). Have some very easy menu options for those days when you REALLY don't have the energy to cook.

  • Skill

"I don't know how to cook", but there are so many recipes to follow out there!

As most people say for anything, "practice makes perfect". In this case, it means that the more you cook the better you will become at it. You just have to try it and practice, practice, practice, until you find and master your cooking style.

Also, always remember that cooking is not an exact science. Even if you feel more comfortable following a recipe, it is OKAY to skip one ingredient or substitute one thing for another. Again, you'll feel more comfortable the more you practice so you can start adjusting an existing recipe or creating your own from scratch!

  • Money

"I don't have enough money to buy good ingredients", but you don't need organic or expensive ingredients to cook at home and eat a healthy meal.

Even when it may seem that eating at a fast food restaurant is less expensive than making a home-cooked meal, this is rarely the case. You may think it is cheaper at a one time buy, but if you start adding the amount of money you spend a month eating out, you'll notice that it is way cheaper to cook at home.

Today, it has become more popular to eat healthier and to buy organic produce. You don't have to buy organic ingredients in order to make a healthy meal. In fact, a home-cooked meal is always going to be healthier than the convenience/processed foods you can find in the stores.

If money is an obstacle to you, just do the best you can with the resources available to you. Like I mentioned before, you do not need to spend a lot of money on ingredients to cook at home. So keep it simple. Steam or sauté some veggies, grill some tofu or tempeh (fish or chicken if you eat meat), add some herbs, spices, or a healthy sauce. Simple cooking can be tasty, quick and cheap.

To sum up, by reallocating a small amount of our time and energy to the preparation of simple home-cooked meals, we become empowered as we take back control over the foods we eat. We just have to change our mindset and stop thinking that cooking is really hard and really boring, which the marketing messages are trying to make us believe, just to buy more processed foods.

In addition, cooking brings us closer to food rather than seeing food as the enemy. Cooking can protect our relationship with food and it may be one of the most powerful ways to protect our long term health.

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¿Te cuesta cocinar en casa?

Si eres uno de los afortunados a los que realmente les gusta, y disfrutas cocinar tanto como a mí, puedes saltarte esta publicación. Por el contrario, si intentas cocinar en casa pero normalmente fallas en el intento... SIGUE LEYENDO.

Incluso si eres de las personas a las que les gusta cocinar, aún puedes leer esta publicación exitosa donde estoy a punto de darte algunos consejos para superar los obstáculos a la hora de cocinar en casa. Porque seamos honestos, incluso a los que amamos cocinar nos resulta difícil a veces.

Cocinar comidas en casa puede resultar en comidas más saludables, menores costos de alimentos y pasar más tiempo en familia. Las personas que no cocinan tienden a comprar más alimentos precocinados, que suelen tener un alto contenido de aditivos químicos, hormonas, azúcar, sal, grasas no saludables y calorías.

Cuando preparas tus propias comidas, tienes más control sobre los ingredientes que usas y consumes. Al cocinar, puedes asegurar que tanto tú como tu familia coman comidas frescas y saludables. Esto puede ayudarte a verte y sentirte más saludable, aumentar tu energía e incluso estabilizar tu peso y estado de ánimo.

La gente piensa que cocinar es lo más difícil que les puedes pedir que hagan. Y no tienen las habilidades o no creen tenerlas. Y tampoco tienen tiempo. En realidad, hay muchos obstáculos para cocinar y diferentes personas tienen que lidiar con ellos de diferentes maneras.