Uninspired home cooks often struggle to find their own path to culinary prowess because they have bad habits and patterns that have encouraged them to be boring. Three troubled areas that are pitfalls of not being able to enjoy what you eat and maximize grocery dollars are:
- Buying too much and not often enough.
- Buying nutrient-void foods.
- Being unable to think big picture and utilize what you have.
The big one here is buy less and go to the grocery store/market more often. People shop for the whole week because their time is valuable. Understandable, time is a luxury. But, by Wednesday, everyone is tired of looking at the same stuff. Boring food goes to waste in the fridge and money gets thrown away. Most American households throw away hundreds of dollars every month. Go to the store more often and buy less. It will coerce you to be more inspired as you stroll the aisles. What’s on sale? Do those peaches smell amazing? What do I already have at home that will enhance this dish?
Buying nutrient-void foods are terrible ways to spend your hard earned dollars. I’m speaking specifically to the bags of food that contain nothing more than flavored air. Or the cans of salt and sugar that Americans guzzle down all day long. These food items are not fuel for your body, they won’t fill you up and prevent your inner chef from cooking because they are designed to keep you on the couch in front of the T.V. Most of the food in your shopping cart should come from the produce section. A rainbow of colors should hit the conveyor belt and make their way down to the clerk. Less meat and wheat. Good dairy products and eggs. All of these are a bit more expensive but worth it in the long run.
You gotta use it. Some things will go to waste, it will happen. Your goal, once you accomplish the first two, is make it last. Your refrigerator needs to be maintained just as much as the rest of the house. Make enough for 5-6 portions. Enjoy dinner, have a little the next day and then freeze the rest for easy, quick meals when you don’t have the time. As you cook more and understand techniques, you will bridge the gap in cooking and utilization. And continue the practice, it will become more effortless and not such a chore after all.
Variety is the spice to channeling your inner chef, practicing good economics at home and enjoying more satisfying food.
What are different ways you vary up your cooking habits? Get creative in the comments.