7 ways to make cooking easier every day the week

7 ways to make cooking easier every day of the week

Last updated on September 20th, 2021 at 07:18 pm

7 ways to make cooking easier every day the week

The Art of Cooking

The word cooking can sometimes scare someone who is not used to do it often. Cooking is an art. The art of cooking is to know the foundation, to have the knowledge, to learn the skills, techniques of the culinary arts.

Learning the ropes

In order to make cooking easier for the week, it is necessary to learn the ropes. Learning the ropes is easy. I describe the ropes as developing what works best for you. I can provide you with tips and ideas but everyone is different in many ways. The environment you surround yourself is different, the places you shop is different, you learn differently and you certainly have a mind of your own.

Learning the ropes is learning how to plan, leaning how to cook what you want to cook and what you would like to serve your family. For example, you cannot wake up one morning and say that you want to cook a duck. Not only you need to know where to buy the duck, you also need to know how to prepare it for cooking.

Shopping at your favorite stores:

We each have our favorites stores to shop. Food shopping is easy for some and difficult for others because of impulsivity. Impulsivity is defined in the Webster’s Dictionary as:

  • doing things or tending to do things suddenly and without careful thought: acting or tending to act on impulse
  • done suddenly and without planning: resulting from a sudden impulse

How to get rid of these impulses

One way to get rid of these impulses is planning. Before going food shopping, perform an inventory of your refrigerator, pantry and cabinets.

7 ways to make cooking easier every day the week
7 ways to make cooking easier every day the week

What are 7 ways to make cooking easier for the week

  • Creating a menu: creating a menu is always the ideal and first step in planning for the week. What you have in your kitchen will depend on what you want to cook for the week. A menu must be breakable. It must be breakable.
    1. A menu is usually created based on needs and wants. If you live alone, you have more flexibility and more choices. If you have a family, flexibility and choices sometime do not work well together.
      1. You have to take into considering everyone’s likes and dislikes.
      2. Always remember that healthy choices matter.
  • Budgeting for food is necessary. It is not a luxury. It does not matter if you are rich or poor. Why buy ingredients to just let them go to waste. Too many people are dying of hunger.
  • Inventory
    1. Shop your home first! An expression you hear quite often. It is your home, try to use the tools you have placed, cater to the surrounding. Shopping your home meaning, knowing what is in your refrigerator, pantry and cabinets. Your menu will depend on what you already have on hand and what you need to buy.
      1. Buying will depends on budget and needs.
  • Create a shopping list
    1. Creating a shopping list should be the easiest thing to do. Let’s face it, a pen or pencil and paper. Or better yet, we are living in an advance world now, use an app, either on your phone, tablet or iPad.
    2. Create the list with items/ingredients that are needed from your menu. But always remember that a menu is breakable. Choose your items/ingredients wisely and make sure you can substitute.
  • Search for bargains
    1. The easiest out of all the steps. We are spoiled. There is no need to wait because we are more technically advanced than before.You can directly go to a store’s website and see what’s on sale. Signing up with your preferred store for alert on sales and bargains can be very easy to do. If there is an app, don’t forget to try it.
    2. After you find the items you want to purchase in your favorite store(s), calculate the distance between you home and the store(s). Is it worth going out only to go to the store? You don’t want to start wasting money on gas. There is enough pollution in the world. Do not contribute more than you have to. Maximize your store(s) outings.
    3. Bargains have an expiration date. Make use of your finds and shop wisely.
  • Buy ingredients/foods that are versatile. For example: celery can be used in spices, dips, spread, stew, salads etc…
    1. The more you learn about ingredients, you will become more comfortable. You will learn the different taste of certain items and when to mix them with another. Learn and research the ingredients.
    2. If you are on a special diet or you have food allergies, there are alternatives.
    3. Do not deprive yourself of your favorite meals. Go slow, easy on the ingredients.
    4. Know your spices, herbs, and ingredients. If you start learning today, you will realize in no time that your stress level will decrease.
    5. Buy local, green and healthy if you can.
  • Portion control
    1. This is the big one! Portion control does not only affect people who are on a diet. For example, you cannot eat half of a 9-inch cheesecake. I would say it is insane, unless you are trying to get sick.
    2. Portion control means, adequate sized portion of protein, grains and green.
    3. How much food should you consume? Always eat in moderation; give your stomach time to digest.
    4. Create a schedule so your portion would be measurable. The portion must be consumed at almost the right time to allow digestion before going to bed.
  • Enjoy cooking what you want: cook with healthy ingredients to create healthy meals.
    1. Enjoy eating food you like, enjoy cooking dishes you like, explore other types of food with caution and always research and taste before making the final decision and spending money on food.
    2. Money does not grow on trees!

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