There is something very wholesome about good old home cooking! Nonetheless, it’s also something that seems to be rapidly disappearing with the onslaught of fast foods, highly convenient takeout options (thanks, Uber Eats), and a general lack of time due to the lightning-fast pace of the modern world we now inhabit.
However, what if I told you that you can hark back to those halcyon days when your parents cooked you delicious, nutritious meals you ate with such gusto that you would lick the plate clean! Moreover, what if I also told you that you can achieve this goal with a few simple steps and a slight change in mindset? By the end of this post, you will have the ammunition you need to get your family eating healthily and enjoying every morsel you can plate up.
Consider Dehydrating Your Foods To Make Them Stay Fresh For Longer
Dehydration has been around for decades and is a tried and tested technique for keeping foods as fresh as possible for as long as possible. It’s so beneficial that militaries worldwide use the method prolifically to ensure their troops are able to consume the calories they require to function while still maintaining flavor. Nevertheless, it remains an alien concept for most people outside of the Marine Corps and NASA!
Nonetheless, there are loads of guides on dehydrating and dehydrators online that you can use to begin your dehydration journey and start creating meals that last. However, when it comes to foods, not all are made equally vis a vis dehydration. A selection of recommended food items for implementing this technique comprises most fruits, vegetables, and some meats (although, do your research thoroughly before drying out meats).
Learn (Or Relearn) The Fundamentals Of Cooking
John is a dedicated husband and father who has been diligently cooking away for his family for years. He thinks that he has seen it all and knows it all when it comes to the art of cuisine. However, just because he’s been striving behind the cooker for years, he doesn’t necessarily mean he is a good cook make!
Almost all amateur home cooks are like our fake persona. John, in that they sort of know how to cook but have been doing the same things for years without ever attempting to shake things up. Instead, you should take some time to learn some of the foundations of good cooking that will not only make your meals more delicious but far healthier for all involved. Nowadays, you can eschew the typical physical cookbook purchase and simply head online to discover a wealth of videos and recipes developed by professional chefs and dedicated amateurs alike.
Learn About Batch Cooking And Develop A Weekly Meal Plan
If you are a busy person (which, let’s face it, you probably are if you’re reading this post!), you will benefit greatly from learning about the magic of batch cooking. This process essentially involves planning your meals for the week in advance and cooking everything in one fell swoop. You may be wondering, though, if the food will spoil.Aha, here is where the magic really happens. You simply freeze the entire meal or parts of each meal, and when the day comes to eat, you simply take it out of the freezer, heat it up, and away you go!
Make Sure To Have Plenty Of Fresh Produce And Other Healthy Ingredients On Hand
Perhaps the best way to ensure that your family eats all the good stuff is to keep your larder stocked with fresh ingredients, including herbs and spices, etc. The more of these fresh ingredients you have on hand, the less likely you will be to reach for the sugar-laden condiments that Kraft Foods believes people crave. Moreover, with a range of options at your disposal, you can experiment with tastes and different flavors to create dishes that everyone will love.
Learn To Use The Slow Cooker To Make Nutritious Meals With Little Effort
When it comes to convenience for the lazy or the busy, the slow cooker may be the greatest invention ever. With this device, you can create an almost unlimited number of delightful meals without the usual hassle of mess and lack of time.
All you need to do is come up with some ideas for recipes, gather all your ingredients in one place, prepare as required, throw them in the pot with some water, close the lid, turn it on, and come home to the delicious smell of home cooking! What’s more is that once you are done, you will have a hearty stock ready to use in whatever meal you plan on creating next!
Food should be a pleasure, not a pain, but the modern world has made it harder to achieve the former. However, with a few tricks up your sleeve, you can create utterly divine meals that everyone in your household will adore without resorting to yet another night of takeout from your local Pizza Hut.