Eating is mandatory. We’ve all gotta eat.
My thinking is: if we’ve all gotta eat, then we should all know how to make our own food – from scratch. This sounds like a simple enough idea but because of modern convenience food we’re leaving it to the big food companies to feed us from boxes and cans.
This way of living has started to catch up with us. Many of us are sick and tired and too busy to cook, it’s a vicious cycle. Despite all the obstacles, I see it as critical that we are all able to prepare wholesome nutritious food (from scratch) and to also pass these skills on to our children.
Here are a few ways I think we could encourage more participation in the kitchen. Maybe as a result we’ll see more people taking their health into their own hands.
1. Start slow and make it fun. – Don’t think of cooking as a chore, cook things you like! Not interested in starting with making dinner every night? That’s ok – start with making some healthy muffins for snacks and work your way up. You’ll soon find that the food you make yourself tastes better than store bought every time.
2. Start young. – Get those kiddies in the kitchen! I know from experience that a kid is way more likely to a) try something new and b) eat something healthy, if they helped make it themselves. I kid you not, a SALAD BAR complete with homemade salad dressings was one of the favourites.
3. Keep it exciting. – Trying new recipes, challenging yourself, & bringing more variety into your kitchen will keep cooking exciting and will make you WANT to cook. I love challenging myself to make a dish or baked good with a random item in my cupboard that I kind of forgot about. Turns out you can make granola bars with brown rice, who knew?
4. Make it mandatory. – This may be the most controversial of my ideas, but I truly believe everyone should have to take some sort of class about cooking in Jr High/High School. What? There’s a class that already exists that teaches this kind of stuff? YES! It’s called Home Ec! Kids these days just aren’t learning these skills at home (how to use a knife, how to measure, what a tomato is…ect.) and they need to be taught somewhere in order for them to be productive adults in society when they grow up!
Let’s chat! – How did you start cooking at home? What are your tips for someone just starting out? Do you think Home Ec should be manditory?