Cooking is something we all need in our lives; it's a way for us to not only connect with others, but with ourselves.
For three years I've thought about how to convince ones who didn't cook, to cook. Sure, not everyone will be a Giada de Laurentis or a Mario Batali in the kitchen but that's not what cooking is really about.
Cooking is about having fun and jogging your creativity. It's about making time for yourself and nourishing your body at the same time. And most importantly, it connects all of us, keeping us grounded and creating memories with our friends and family.
Now the three main complaints I always hear about cooking at home (especially for singles and couples):
1. It takes too long. After a long work day, the last thing you want to do is grocery shop, cook, eat and do dishes. All you wanna do is drink a glass of wine, sit on the couch in your underwear and watch some tube.
2. It's too freaking hard. All those fancy kitchen gadgets and weird terms like chiffonade and misen place just gives you a headache. Plus, add fire and sharp knives and it feels like a nightmare just waiting to happen.
3. Too many leftovers. You're always stuck eating the same meal, at least twice a day for 3-4 days in a row. One can handle only so much tuna casserole.
I get it, I really do. I honestly held the same frustrations. But I think I've finally figured it out -- a solution, an answer, whatever you wanna call it, I've finally found a formula that makes cooking easy:
basic techniques + simple recipes - hassle/cleanup = a happy home cook
It really is as simple as that. You don't need a million kitchen gadgets. You don't need to be stuck eating the same thing every day. And you certainly don't need to be prepping and cleaning all night.
All you really need to get started is a decent chef's knife, a cutting board and a little patience.
The rest naturally comes with time and practice.
This past year has been full of recipe testing, menu planning, figuring out tricks and tips to cut time in the kitchen while increasing efficiency. Surprisingly enough, I found that good food doesn't have to be fussy. With our busy lifestyles, it's important to learn wholesome recipes that are easy to execute and it all starts with the basics.
So if I've captured your attention to this point, I think it's safe to assume you're ready for action. And action you will have dear readers! Stay tuned for a special announcement this Friday -- YES! It will be....(wait for it)......REVOLUTIONARY.
Because frankly, who the heck wants to look at delicious pictures of food? I'd much rather be eating it.
In the mean time, enjoy this 5-minute recipe. Start your mornings right with probiotics and fresh fruit. Why this recipe rocks: easy prep, minimal clean up and you feel like a bad ass because you ate healthy and stuff.
Ingredients for Honey Yogurt with Strawberries and Bananas
(serving size: 1 ; prep time: 5 minutes)
-- 2/3 cup 2% or 0% Greek Yogurt
-- 3 strawberries, cleaned, tops removed and quartered
-- 1/2 banana, sliced
-- 2 TB puffed millet (any puffed grain can work here)
-- drizzle of honey
In a bowl, place yogurt, strawberries and bananas together. Finish with puffed millet and a drizzle of honey.
Feel free to freeze for a tasty snack! (Leave out millet and honey until ready to serve)