cooking in a pan

Today we are on the go 24/7 which often leads to unhealthy meal purchases like T.V. dinners, pre-packaged foods and take-out dishes are just some of them. As we know, “simple solutions” can be costly and hard to find. The solution? Easy, healthy meals that are quick. We can have good breakfasts, simple lunches and healthy dinners that require no more than 30-60 minutes of our time. How to start can be as simple as:

Eliminating Excuses

Some of us may claim “I don't have time”, “I don't know how to cook”and even “I can go out to eat” each of these excuses reduces our creative ability, destroys our immune system and restricts our skills in the kitchen. Cooking is the ultimate mating advantage, it just so happens to prolong our lives too. Getting into our kitchens at home can greatly improve the quality of our lives, allowing us to be productive and provide us with energy. If you claim “I don’t have time” or “I don't know how to cook”, I would ask that you educate yourself and re-consider to make time. If you looked at what you are doing chances are you can eliminate or bundle tasks, skip your favorite T.V. show (which you could record) and devote some time to learn/enhance your skills in the kitchen. It can be an enjoyable, fun experience, not to mention saves money! 

Take Action

So what can we do after mustering up the courage to tackle some healthy meals? We can search the web for “Easy Lunch Ideas”, “Cheap Healthy Meals” and “Easy Recipes”. At first, it may be intimidating and unachievable. It is important to remain positive and be open to trying new things, the first step is to take action. By doing some research you have already taken the first step, select 5 recipes you would enjoy making that match your skill level and set aside 1-2 hours per-day (or every 2-3 days) to focus on your new healthy recipes. Go to your local grocery store and pick up the ingredients in the specified meal ideas. Follow the recipe exactly the first 3 times or until you feel comfortable and confident you can do without. Eventually, add your own variations. REMEMBER, recipes are guidelines, not requirements. So be creative.

Enjoy It

After spending some time in the kitchen, perhaps this will be something that gets you excited. From my personal experience, I have come to absolutely love being in the kitchen by challenging myself with new recipes and ideas. Sometimes I challenge myself by saying “what can I create with a few select ingredients?” This has been the most gratifying, mainly because its your own creation. By cooking at home you are fully aware of how things are being prepared, putting your energy and love into the food (which makes it taste 100% better because you actually put thought and care behind your meal). Cooking in the kitchen can be a form of moving meditation, help release stress, and even pick you up out of a depression funk. When you cook, you're adding mass into your life which shifts your thoughts and frees up the negative build-up in your body allowing you to think more positively and clearly. It can be very rewarding, especially after making meals for people that enjoy your creation, hearing their feedback is extremely gratifying too. Before you know it you will begin your own collection of breakfast ideas, simple lunches and healthy dinners.

Thank you so much for sticking with me, I would absolutely love to read your comments describing your experience in the kitchen, your creations, or how cooking has helped you in your life.