If you’re like me, you probably have big dreams of someday being a great cook, but those dreams never seem to become reality. As hard as I try, I just don’t seem to have the time to make gourmet meals for my family every night. However, I am starting to realize that I can still make good, healthy meals that everyone enjoys simply by applying a few easy techniques to my life.
First, when I go to the grocery store each week, I make sure to stock up on the staples. Nothing is worse than getting ready to cook dinner for the family and then suddenly realizing that you don’t have what you need to finish up. It wastes valuable time that could be spent on the meal; therefore, by planning well, this unnecessary step can be eliminated. I went through and reorganized my pantry, spice drawer and refrigerator so it was easy for me to see when I was running out of an item. I make sure to always write out a grocery list, and I try to go to the store on the same day each week. All of these steps have really helped, and I’m finding that it actually does make cooking easier.
Second, I use the Internet to my advantage. There are a ton of recipes out there that only have five or six ingredients, and quite a few of those are very healthy. I scour different sites, looking for the ones that appeal to me. Now, of course, there is a trial and error process involved here; not all the recipes turn out the way that I’ve expected, but I have found some really good recipes that everyone in the family likes. I only look around for fifteen to twenty minutes each week, so I’m not out a lot of time. Also, by sharing things that I’ve found with family and friends, I’ve found that they generally share back, so I pick up a lot of useful meals that way.