Monday, November 23, 2015

Why Learn How to Cook?

Why Learn How to Cook?

“Why should I learn how to cook?  After all, I have parents on hand to do it for me!”

There are six BIG reasons to get in the kitchen and learn to cook for yourself:

#1 Independence
What happens when you’re hungry and Mom and Dad are busy? If you have to rely on frozen pizza pockets, TV dinners, instant noodles and cold cereal every day, it doesn’t feel very “grown up”, does it? Once high school starts, you might need to make your own meals (especially breakfasts and lunches) and help with dinnertime responsibilities. In college, you might not be living at home at all, so learning at least a few “go-to” meals is important!
#2 Saving Money
While all those tacos, sub sandwiches and drive through burgers seem like a great deal (they are on the “value” menu after all!), the costs add up – it’s a lot less expensive (and tastier) to make meals at home, not to mention you really can get what you want without a hassle!

#3 Fun and Social Time

Cooking is tons of fun, especially when you get in the kitchen with friends! How cool would it be to host your own pizza party, where everyone helps make the dough, prepare the toppings and share the final result? Highschoolers can even surprise their parents with a homemade dinner when they get home from work – sure to earn you some “brownie points”!

#4 Sense of Achievement
Not only is cooking great fun, the feeling that you’ve been able to make something yourself that people can share and enjoy is awesome. Not only do you get to pat yourself on the back, but you just might be complimented on your skills as everyone appreciates a homemade meal or treat!

#5 Experience New Tastes
Are you tired of being given the “kids menu” at a restaurant because the staff think “you won’t like” the regular menu? When you start cooking for yourself, you get to choose foods you want to try – and you might discover that the Chicken Cordon Bleu or Spaghetti Bolognese really does beat out the dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets and macaroni and cheese listed on the colouring-sheet menu!

#6 Nutrition
One of the biggest benefits of learning to cook is the opportunity to make yourself healthier. When you get into the kitchen and start using fresh, real ingredients to make delicious dishes, it’s easier to see what foods are nutritious (and not so nutritious), control the amounts of salt, fat and sugar you use, serve proper portions of things (no more platters of French fries!) and explore different cooking methods and how food works with them.

Who knew there was so many awesome things about cooking? Let’s open the fridge, open your mind and start exploring!

Need a recipe to start you off? Try my Pumpkin - Flax Pancakes- they're delicious!

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I started my "working life" as a holistic and allopathic nutritional consultant with a love of cooking. Teaching the value of wholesome meal choices to families became close to my heart after I battled a long history of struggles with weight and health, and the passion for teaching led me into where I am now. My blog, which focuses on "bringing good taste to healthier food" through creative use of whole grains, fresh produce and acknowledging the importance of the occasional treat, also features a wealth of "specialty diet" friendly recipes for gluten-, egg-, dairy- and sugar- tree nut-free items that everyone can enjoy without alienating those who need them.

Overall, I want to bring back the desire for good quality, homemade, (mostly) healthy food into the hearts and kitchens of families so that the next generation will be less box-reliant than mine. I firmly believe that any “homemade” food, even when labelled as "naughty", is a more wholesome treat than pre-packaged, cookie-cutter junk. With the knowledge of good food (and how to cook good food) as a base, a healthy lifestyle can follow, and then anything is possible!

Today, my love for teaching is branching out even further - I'm in Montessori training to solidify my love for the system and working with children and families!