#7 MGM: Explore your cooking skills
As our worlds get chaotic, it becomes harder to get into the kitchen and cook up a delicious meal. For some, there is not enough time in the day to cook meals. Others do not believe they have the skills to create different dishes. Whatever your reason is, it is time to change that. Right now, I rarely am in the kitchen cooking my meals, something that I am working towards changing and inspired this week’s Mighty Goal Monday – Explore your Cooking Skills.
This week’s Challenge: I challenge you to get into the kitchen and explore your cooking skills by cooking at least 2 different meals.
Why it is important to explore your cooking skills.
Many individuals believe that it’s too late to learn how to cook, but that is not the case. It is never too late to learn how to cook! You never know what you can do until you step out of your comfort zone and that is the same for cooking. There are great benefits to exploring your cooking skills.
Just the basic cooking skills can make a difference
You do not need to be a gourmet chef to create a great family dinner. Boiling water, chopping up vegetables, and cooking grains appropriately are very basic cooking skills that are used in many recipes. You don’t have to get fancy with everything. Start small and build up your skills as you become more comfortable in the kitchen.
There is always something new to learn
Ever start something new only to get bored with it six months later? Cooking is not like that. No matter what your cooking skills levels are there is always something new to try when you start to get burnt out. There will always be new recipes to try or a new popular skill to learn.
Cooking allows you to control what is in your meals
Cooking is essential when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle and helping with weight loss. When you eat out, you do not exactly know what is being put into your meals. Yes, you know most of the ingredients but do you know how much salt or butter they are using in the recipes to add more flavor? By working on your cooking skills, you can learn to mimic some of your favorite restaurant recipes and put a healthy spin on them.
Where to Start
Not sure where to start? Check out some of the resources I look at when I have a question about cooking.
Kitchen Cheat Sheets from BuzzFeed
Kitchen Cheat Sheet Guide on Basic Cooking Skills from SodaPic
Spoon University offers great recipes for beginners and college students that are trying to eat healthier and not burn anything in their dorm rooms.
Pinterest and Youtube are great for finding specific information on skills that you have and how you can accomplish them.
Already a great cook but just don’t have the time?
You already might have great cooking skills, but you might not have the time to use them. If that is the case, maybe think of alternatives that you can do to make more time for cooking.
Make time in your Google Calendar
Google Calendar now offers the goals features which can be great to plan time for family dinners. Once you answer the questions about your specific goal, Google Calendar automatically sets the time and dates that work best in your schedule. This is honestly one of my favorite features of Google Calendar now.
Hello Fresh is a meal delivery service that does the prep work for you. I recently got the opportunity to try this amazing program. After a long day at work, I came home to a box filled with materials for three meals. Each meal’s materials were in their own box and the recipe booklet was included. I was able to cook my meals in about 30 minutes and enjoy all the delicious and fresh flavors. They offer great packages and take the meal prep out of the picture so you just have to focus on cooking. A Win – Win in a chaotic life.
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No matter what you end up cooking this week, just remember to have fun and never stop learning something new to help you live a healthier lifestyle.
Let the #MightyGoalMonday community know what you cooked this week!
Do not forget to share your achievements, tips, and/or comments with me and the #MightyGoalMonday community. It is much easier to accomplish goals when you have others completing the same goals.
#6 MGM Recap -Make Time for Lunch!
This week, I was able to sneak away from my computer long enough to enjoy my yogurt and peach outside on a bench. This week was challenging for me to take time away from my work, however, I made it possible by taking mini breaks to enjoy snacks and a portion of my lunch outside. Just because your week is busy does not mean you can’t step outside for five minutes at a time throughout the day. Continue to stop and enjoy your lunch as time goes on and hopefully you will be able to truly take a quality lunch break.
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I received a complimentary box from Hello Fresh but this post is not sponsored and all thoughts are my own.