You need to know how to cook. Period.
Male, female, old, young, makes no difference. Not knowing how to cook means not only do you not know how to take care of yourself properly but you are most assuredly eating unhealthily.
Don’t think so? Let’s put it this way, if you use the microwave more than the stovetop to make your meals, you are not a healthy eater.
Knowing how to cook means you can buy the raw, unprocessed ingredients and turn them into any number of healthy meals.
Knowing how to cook means you are ingesting less preservatives and artificial flavors/colorings.
Knowing how to cook means you are spending less money on pre-made items and investing time in yourself by creating health meals.
If you don’t know how to cook, here is some help.
This list covers Grain Bowl, Noodle Bowl, Quesadillas, Chili, and Squash Boats. It’s a good list, a little heavy on the carbs. I would add knowing how to make soups and stews to that list myself as you can make a large pot and freeze it for later meals.
But this article does assume a certain amount of knowledge about cooking, like how to cook those grains for the Grain Bowl (it’s trickier than you think).
That’s why this book is a personal favorite: How To Cook Everything. As someone who keeps an entire bookcase of cookbooks in her kitchen to have a favorite is a big deal. Not only does How To Cook Everything have a “master recipe” for just about every dish imaginable, it also provides variations on that recipe so you can mix it up. You can get How To Cook Everything here.
Now some swear by Mastering The Art of French Cooking by Julia Child (and she can do no wrong) but if you are dieting, you might want to hold off on following her recipes unless you are either cooking for a special event or really want to learn to cook.
Finally, from the people who bring you America’s Test Kitchen on PBS, Cook’s Illustrated. The magazine is amazing for home cooks. Each issue has no advertising, starts with a wonderful intro by the Editor-in-Chief, offers unbiased product/food testing, and has detailed recipes that have been tested and step-by-step explained so that even the newest cook can master it. Whether you get a subscription or one of their many cookbooks, investing in a Cook’s Illustrated publication is always a good idea no matter what your kitchen skill level.
The Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook: 2,000 Recipes from 20 Years of America’s Most Trusted Cooking Magazine is available at here.
Whether it is simply roasting your own chicken and then turning the leftovers into a soup. Or taking that visit to a farmer’s marketing and creating an amazing vegetable and cheese tart, once you start cooking you won’t want to stop.
Because you will be eating healthier and saving money. Win/Win.
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