Are you getting sick of ordering takeout five times a week? Do you want to start cooking? Wish you were a better chef? Or simply looking to hone your skills in the kitchen?
I used to HATE cooking. It seemed needlessly difficult, and a whole lot of work for not much return. It probably didn’t help that I was a terrible cook! Thankfully, I’ve honed my skills and now cooking is one of my favourite things to do. In fact, I recognized all the reasons to love cooking and made it my mission to improve.
Here are three easy ways to start cooking.
Start small and work your way up.
This is the best advice I could give to any budding chef! Like any skill, starting with the basics and building on that foundation will not only grow your skillset, but will give you the confidence needed to be successful.
While it can be tempting to try an extravagant recipe, my recommendation is to choose 1-2 easy recipes per week. Find something that looks to be relatively simple, fast to prepare, and doesn’t require many ingredients. If you can find one of your favourite foods to make, even better!
(Psst… you can check out some of my favourite food blogs in The Best Recipe Sites for Healthy and Delicious Meals).
Follow cooking tutorial videos.
You can learn pretty much anything from YouTube and cooking is no exception. If you’re a visual learner like me, watching someone demonstrate how to do something is way easier to digest (no pun intended!) than reading about it.
I love the healthy recipes featured on Buzzfeed Goodful, and this handy list of 10 YouTube channels that inspire you to cook has some additional ideas.
Looking for help with one particular task or step? Chances are YouTube has you covered! YouTube taught me how to cut an onion without crying and how to shred chicken in seconds. (Cool, huh? You’re welcome!)
If you’re going to be pausing and playing videos often, I recommend investing in a tablet stand or phone stand to make your screen easy to see and take up less space. You can also grab a screen protector to keep your devices clean!
Sign up for an ingredient-and-recipe meal kit subscription.
If you haven’t heard of ingredient-and-recipe subscriptions, you’ve been missing out! Companies deliver (pre-portioned!) fresh ingredients and recipes to your door every week. This lets you focus solely on preparing delicious meals. No meal planning, shopping, and measuring required. Just follow the instructions and start cooking a wide variety of recipes.
While these seemed to start popping up a few years ago, nowadays there are several big companies offering great subscriptions. Here are a few of them.
In May 2015, I tried Chef’s Plate for the first time and can confidently say that it’s the number one reason I love cooking today.
As I mention in my Chef’s Plate Review, their recipe cards provide detailed, step-by-step directions and after cooking with them for a few weeks, I felt more comfortable in the kitchen and became familiar with many techniques. In fact, you can see me in action cooking one of their meals in my Chef’s Plate Vlog!
If you don’t live in Canada or are looking to try a different subscription service, don’t fret! Here are some others.
- Canada (and get $50 off your first two orders combined OR save 40% off your first box by using code SAFEHARBOR40!)
- US (and get $30 off your first order or get $40 off your first two orders combined!)
- UK (and get 50% off your first order!)
Blue Apron is the grandfather of ingredient-and-recipe subscriptions and services almost the entire United States!
Since I live in Canada, I haven’t been able to try their boxes but if you live in the U.S. you can get $30 off your first order by signing up through those links.
So there you have it – three easy ways to start cooking! By starting small, watching step-by-step videos, and using a meal kit subscription service, you can lower the learning curve and make the process a whole lot more fun and enjoyable.
Leave me a comment below letting me know which approach you plan to try! Bon Appétit and happy cooking 🙂
And be sure to check out my post How to Use Batch Cooking to Save Tons of Time for some ways to make your cooking efforts go further.