Nutrition might be too complicated at times but eating and cooking healthy and tasty food definitely shouldn’t be! Almost any food you make at home will be cheaper and more nutritious than packaged pre-made stuff bought in a supermarket or served in a restaurant. That’s why it’s so important to make cooking at home as easy and enjoyable as possible.
1. Wholesome, single-ingredient foods are the way to go
Processed foods often come in shiny packages that claim all sorts of health benefits and list endless ingredients that are hard to pronounce and understand. It would take a professional nutritionist and a chemist to fully decipher what’s going on inside. Thankfully, you don’t need to do that. If you choose wholesome foods, you don’t need to worry about any ingredient lists or misleading health claims. Foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, legumes, fish, meats, and eggs are great examples. They are all nutritious and satisfying, made by nature.
2. Simple flavourings are all you need
If you buy high-quality wholesome ingredients, you don’t need to add a lot of exotic flavouring. Good olive oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper will be enough in most cases. Buying a new flavouring for a meal you make once a year will just clutter your kitchen and waste your money. If you want to splash, buy fresh herbs, they can do wonders to a meal and your health.
3. Organized minimalist pantry is a must
There are two big reasons to keep your pantry organized. One, you will be able to keep track of all the food you have so that nothing spoils. Two, you will be able to throw away the unhealthy stuff you don’t want in your house and fill it with what you want to use on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to label everything and sort items into groups. All of this will minimize the time wasted staring in your pantry and give your more time for the actual cooking.
4. Essential kitchen tools only
Stay away from single-purpose appliances. Unless you own a sushi restaurant you probably don’t need a special gadget just for making rice. You don’t need fancy specialized kitchenware to cook tasty and healthy meals. Start with a good knife and consider the rest based on what you like to eat. A slow-cooker is a great timesaver for those who enjoy succulent meats, a high-quality blender will be a big help for those who love smoothies, soups, or nut butters. Figuring out what’s essential is up to you. And don’t hesitate to donate what you don’t use, the less clutter in the kitchen, the easier it is to use it!