When I was working in the corporate world it felt impossible to cook and have a career all while raising a family. It was so overwhelming that I decided to quit my job and return to school to study nutrition in order to figure it out.
I have good news.
It turns out it is possible to cook real food and have a full life but only if we completely change the way we think about cooking.
Here's what we have to do:
- Ditch the idea that meals have to be a masterpiece. There are many beautiful photos on social media making us feel like what we make isn't good enough. But that's not true. If you made it, it tastes good to you, and it includes at least one vegetable, it's good enough.
- Stop relying exclusively on a meal plan. Meal plans can be excellent tools and if they're working for you, don't change a thing! But meal plans often go awry - a late meeting, a friend in town, a sick kid. And once our meal plan falls off the tracks, we end up with extra food that goes to waste and we begin to resent the process. When we resent the process we no longer want to give up part of our weekend to plan for the week and then we enter the takeout spiral.
- Learn to cook using what you have on hand. Instead of relying on a meal plan, we need to re-learn the instincts our ancestors had in the kitchen. The ability to stock a pantry with basics and put together a clean, delicious meal without planning ahead is critical to cooking on a consistent basis.
Number 3 on this list is the hardest because as members of the Hamburger Helper generation, we didn't always grow up with role models in the kitchen.
This is why I created Improv Cooking, it was originally a guide for myself. It's a style of cooking that makes it possible for me to do all the things I want to do and feed myself and my family real food.
If cooking's important to you and you're looking for a way to make it work with your schedule, you can learn more about Improv Cooking, here: