For The Love Of Cooking

For The Love Of Cooking

If you follow me on social media you know that I love going out to eat. Bakeries, Cafes and local restaurants are special treats that I look forward to on certain days of the week. But you know what else I look forward to? Cooking! That's right, if you're really paying attention you'd see that I also love to cook and here are my reasons why.

Udon Noodle Soup with miso and soft-boiled eggs

Udon Noodle Soup with miso and soft-boiled eggs

It's the perfect transition from work to home.

After spending a full day at work more than likely we are exhausted. We've used all of our cognitive abilities to solve the problems in our industries, and now that we're home all we want to do is lay on the couch and call it quits. Right? Wrong! Why should work not only take up your whole day, but now also put an end to any potential your evening may have? That's why I love cooking as the activity I do to signal a mentality shift. It helps me close that work day and begin something new: a relaxing evening at home.

Penne & Arrabbiata Sauce

Penne & Arrabbiata Sauce

It saves money.

Now I'm going to appeal to your practical side. Who doesn't want to save money when possible? I truly believe the key is finding a balance between going out and cooking. For me, that's cooking 3 night a week. For you, it could be 5 nights a week. It just depends on your family situation and time restrictions. Either way, serving some meals at home will undoubtedly save you some cash. And now you don't have to cut back on those fancy lattes because everyone needs caffeine.

Moroccan Chicken with prunes and brown rice

Moroccan Chicken with prunes and brown rice

It can be healthier.

Now I've purposely phrased this benefit as 'can be healthier' instead of 'is healthier'. The issue underlying this benefit is that you can't just cook any recipe you find on Pinterest and call it healthy. If the recipe is called Healthy Cheesy Enchiladas...well, just be real with yourself. There's no way this blog post could address the massive amount of conflicting information out there but it seems to me that it's been made way more complicated than it should be. Pick a dish with a fair amount of fresh produce involved and eat a portion that's half the size you would be served at a chain restaurant. Start there and cooking at home is healthier.

Are you looking for a way to make cooking at home easier? I've used a service called Blue Apron for a few months now and I love it! They deliver recipes and the ingredients for those recipes directly to your doorstep every week, plus they have amazing customer service. Its a stress reliever for me to know that I don't have to choose recipes and that I'm not wasting leftover ingredients since they only send you what you need. Have you ever tried this service or one like it? If so, what did you think? Follow me on Instagram for some cooking inspiration! UN: LadyInTheVillage  xo, Stacey
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