Whether you haven’t cooked in years (no, the microwave does not count), or whether you cook every day, most of us could benefit from taking some time and learning how to cook something new.
There are some fairly compelling arguments for why you should be cooking more. Not only does cooking your own food tend to save you a good bit of money, it can also help you to be healthier, both physically and mentally.
The first thing you will need to do is decide what you want to learn. It might be nice to step out of your comfort zone, and try something you think sounds delicious, but you might have never made before. This by itself has a whole host of benefits. The process of thinking about what you will cook will allow you to do some thinking about your diet in general. Taking this opportunity to reflect can not only help you pick out your new recipe but can also help you to notice some of the issues in your current diet.
Once you have decided what to cook, do some research. If you are trying something challenging, make sure that it is not too challenging. If you have not cooked in years, you probably should start simple, and work your way up. Investigate the health benefits of the ingredients and find out how much it will cost you to get the things you need to make it. Ideally, you can find something which has potential to become a staple in your home, but it can also be fun to try something more special.
Finally, take some time. Pick a day and give yourself a few hours to focus on the meal. This isn’t just about cooking, its about allowing your mind to disconnect from the rest of your responsibilities and spend some time by yourself. Spending this time can be an amazing way to reset if you are having a stressful day or week. Nothing to worry about, just you and this recipe. While it is not always possible, taking this time is a way to transform the experience from simple learning to something more special.
Finally, enjoy your meal! Don’t be afraid if it doesn’t turn out perfect the first time. Instead, think about what you want to try differently next time. No matter who you are, everyone can benefit from taking some time off of the rest of your life to think, reflect, and learn something new.