For me, “cooking” used to mean picking up the closest Chinese food or whipping up something easy like spaghetti. It never seemed easy or fun. And between you and me, neither did the thought of thirty minutes or more slaving away over a hot stove.
In college, you’re used to Ramen Noodles and cereal for every meal. Once you’ve graduated, you want to feel more “grown up” or like you can “adult” with a little bit more sophistication. Even if that means it’s a simple meal such as a salad or grilled chicken.
Making cooking at home fun could be trying something new out or cooking alongside someone else. Whatever it is, make sure you turn on some music and pop open a bottle of wine–trust me, it’s way more fun this way!
Here are three ways I make cooking at home fun:
1. Actually Start Cooking Up Those Pins on Pinterest
Whether you’re bored or just need a break from work, you visit Pinterest to look at yummy food, drinks, clothing, and places to travel.
What happened to all of those pins on Pinterest that you thought looked delicious? Have you ever taken those recipes to the kitchen? The answer is probably not.
Pinterest is filled with recipes that please anyone. You can be vegan or on a strict diet such a paleo, and you can turn to Pinterest to supply you every meal and what it takes to make it. It’s a place where you can get a recipe from breakfast to dessert and most of the time you will want to repeat what you’ve created.
Some of my favorites that I’ve found have been crockpot chicken tacos, baked oatmeal, and spaghetti squash boats. Next time you say you don’t have anything to make, just hop onto Pinterest and see what’s cooking! Positive Health Wellness also has some great recipes to try!
2. Schedule Your Meals for the Grocery Store
The grocery store is never a “fun” place to go, at least I don’t like it. Walking through all of the aisles seems a bit daunting, and you know you’re going to be in there trying to figure out what looks good for that week.
I’ve found out that planning what you’re going to get before hand, this includes more than just your basic items such as milk, butter, and eggs, but this strips down to individual recipes.
It’s fun to me to plan out what ingredients I need an my route through the grocery store. Try using a meal planning guide to get you started.
Planning out your recipes or meals before heading into the store will grant you less time in the store and less eating out during the week. Sure, eating out is great and all, but after you receive the check and look at what you’ve just eaten; you might think otherwise.
Tip: When you’re scheduling your recipes for the grocery store, sort the items out by section! You will be amazed how much quicker you zip through and check out.
3. Cook With Your Significant Other (or a Friend)
After a long day at work, all you want to do is whip up some easy pasta or order a pizza. The thought of getting out all of the ingredients and actually making feels like a chore. Good thing you’ve got your significant other to lend you a hand!
Cooking with your significant other can make dinners more fun! Not only are you getting a good meal out of it, you’re spending quality time with one another. It’s almost like a team building activity!
Don’t have a live-in cooking buddy? Have a friend over and make dinner together! You’ll definitely be more relaxed after your wine, plus you’ll get to spend some quality time together.
Cooking at home can be a lot of fun once you’ve retrieved your ingredients and started a mini dance party in your kitchen. Not only can cooking be fun at home, but it will also save you financially.