April 16, 2024

3 Cooking Tips For People Who Don’t Love Cooking

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Cooking is something that many people enjoy, however, for as many people who love it, there are an equal number of people who absolutely don’t love it.  That’s right, cooking is not exactly a labor of love for many, but actually, something they detest. As you get older, the more cooking can start to become a hassle if it was already something you didn’t enjoy. That’s why many seniors turn to assisted living to help cover their necessities like cooking. 

However, for the rest of us who have no other choice but to cook for ourselves despite how much we dislike it, we still find ourselves having to come up with recipe ideas every day. You’ll be happy to learn that there are certain strategies that can help take the headache out of cooking and make it much simpler even for people who hate doing it. Here are a few strategies that will help make cooking easier, even if you hate everything about it.

Collect Simple Recipes

The first step is to have a list of recipes to refer to that are simple and you’re comfortable with. You can easily find these in places like online food blogs, or even applications. When you’re not passionate about cooking, the simpler the recipes are, the better

You can forget about intricate recipes with long lines of ingredients and multiple steps. Look for recipes with as few ingredients as possible, and no advanced culinary skills necessary. This will help the process go by much faster, and feel like less of a laborious task.

Plan Ahead

Planning and preparation are key when it comes to painless cooking. When you’re short on time, a little planning goes a long way. Take a look at your recipe list at the beginning of the week, and go to the store to buy whatever ingredients you need. 

You can consider prepping ahead of time by doing things like pre-cooking certain ingredients that can be kept in the fridge, or pre-chopping vegetables that you’ll use later when it’s time to cook.  Prepping ahead will save you time and stress when you get home at the end of a busy work day and you have one less thing to do.

Stay Flexible

Even though you may plan your dinner menu ahead, there may be days when you’re out of one ingredient, or you’re simply not feeling up to the task. This is where flexibility comes in. Don’t be afraid to deviate from your recipes a little bit, or switch out certain steps for others. The more experience you have, the more you’ll be able to adjust according to your personal preferences and skill level. Remember, not everyone was born to be a Michelin chef. Be forgiving of yourself and allow mistakes to happen. The less pressure you put on yourself, the less of a daunting task cooking will seem!

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