Taking the Boredom/Choredom Out of Healthy Cooking

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Today’s post comes from Green Mountain’s Robyn Priebe, RD.

Cooking in a wokI find that lately I’ve been getting pretty fired up (in a good way) about preparing food.  I’m excited by the idea of trying a new recipe or thinking of creative ways to sneak in the healthy “stuff” so my husband doesn’t know there is pumpkin in his pancakes.  I think part of the reason I enjoy cooking is that I try not to get stuck in a rut where I’m making the same food over and over and over again.  I can see why people sometimes dread the process of beginning to cook again if we’ve fallen out of the habit and we remember it being a boring chore.

One way to keep it interesting is by challenging yourself to make one new recipe per week or month.  I always find it’s helpful to focus on food groups that are often neglected, like vegetables or whole grains.  It may also be helpful to pick a food you haven’t ever tried or something that you haven’t had in years.  Not only does that encourage variety, but it helps keep our meals interesting.

Finally, I also like multi-tasking when preparing food.  I find I really look forward to cooking if I pair the activity up with either good music or a podcast (my latest addiction).  Recently I whipped up a bunch of food in just two hours and the time flew by since I was enjoying a pretty entertaining podcast.

What’s your take on cooking?  Do you love it?  Hate it?  Any tips for making it more of a joy and less of a chore?

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