While most people know that cooking their meals at home is a healthier and cheaper option than eating out all the time, many people find cooking at home to be stressful, monotonous, and unenjoyable. But if you’re trying to save money or maintain a healthy lifestyle, cooking your own food can help you accomplish these goals at a much faster pace.
If you’re someone who wants to cook their own food more but just can’t find the drive to do it, here are three things you can try to get yourself to cook at home more often.
Make A Plan
One big reason many people fail to be consistent with making meals at home is because they don’t plan effectively.
To help you with this, Shaunacy Ferro, a contributor to MentaFloss.com, advises that you spend time each week or month writing down a menu or meal plan for the following week or month. If you write it down and have a plan, you’ll be much more likely to stick to it. Even if you plan to still eat out once or twice each week, having a plan for the other days will help ensure that you don’t wind up eating out three or four times.
Additionally, by writing down what your plans are for meals each day, it will make grocery shopping much easier too, as you can craft an effective shopping list based on what you’ll be making for meals the following week or month.
Choose Easier Meals
If you’re just starting out with cooking at home for yourself or your family, it’s a good idea to start with some simple, easy meals. Even if you have a gourmet kitchen with all the upgrades, if you have a hard time getting yourself to prepare meals, you’ll have a much better chance at succeeding with this is you start off small.
Ideally, Anna Monette Roberts, a contributor to Greatist.com, advises that you start with meals that only require one pan. This will help you keep everything contained to one area and will make it easy for all your food to combine for one great taste.
Stretch Your Meals With Leftovers
One great way to eat homemade meals without having to cook a new meal each day is to make enough food when you do cook to save for leftovers.
According to Alan Henry, a contributor to LifeHacker.com, this can easily be done by creating meals in a slow cooker. Whatever you don’t eat the day you make it will easily be freezable and can be broken back out on days when you don’t want to cook but still want to eat at home.
If you want to make cooking and eating at home easier for you, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you accomplish this.