So you’re ready to eat healthier, right? You know what to do. You want to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes, low fat proteins. Eating food prepared at home sounds like a good idea.
The problem is… you don’t know how or what to cook! Hopefully this post will give you a few ideas on getting started with healthy cooking at home.
You might be surprised by my cooking history. I had to learn to cook after I got to college. Ask my mom. I had no intentions to learn to cook when I was growing up. I avoided it like the plague. My brother was the one baking cookies and selling them. He liked to cook popcorn. Me? No way!!
Then I got to college and everything was cooked for me or I ate out. About my third year at NCSU, I decided to stop eating meat. At that point I focused on getting the nutrients I needed including protein, zinc, iron, etc. I had to start cooking.
Thus started my cooking adventures and here I am 8 years later. I actually like it!! I have learned to enjoy eating many things that I hated before and also developed a taste for foods that I never knew existed.
Did you know it takes trying a new food 10-15 times before you will like it? I guess the 10th time I tried beans in a new way, I finally started to enjoy them. Just because you haven’t liked something in the past doesn’t mean that you won’t like it prepared a new way. I have to give credit to my Mother-in-law who taught me many new foods to try and lots of ways to prepare them.
Now that you know my cooking history, it’s time to work on your own! Here is an excellent and PRACTICAL cookbook written about healthy cooking for busy people, called Lickety-Split Meals.
It’s written by Zonya Foco (www.zonya.com), a dietitian that I have seen speak and is enlightening. I use this cookbook for myself and when I do classes. Just this week I used the recipe for Mexican 5 Bean Soup. It is tasty and uses a slow-cooker so it’s easy too!
You can also get many recipes online. However, it’s hard to tell if they are healthy or not. Here’s another place to start where you can be guaranteed healthy recipes: AICR’s recipe corner.
Next time I will post on meal planning and tools you can use to make it easy. So try some new recipes this weekend. Make cooking a hobby and an adventure!