Taking the Boredom/Choredom Out of Healthy Cooking


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

I 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?

3 responses to “Taking the Boredom/Choredom Out of Healthy Cooking”

  1. Lori says:

    I love cooking! I think the more you do it, the better and faster you get – so my advice is to start simple and keep doing it. Pretty soon you will experiment on your favorite recipes and have fun 😀
    .-= Lori’s last blog post..Cold and cruising thoughts. =-.

  2. Sagan says:

    I really love cooking! But I used to hate it when I was younger. I think, though, that you appreciate food more when you cook it yourself.

    One way to make it more interesting is to cook a meal with someone else or cook FOR someone else. Making it a shared experience is that much more enjoyable.
    .-= Sagan’s last blog post..January’s Nutrition Challenge: Raw Food Diet =-.

  3. Pumpkin in pancakes-that sounds like something I would do. And cooking is best while moving in the kitchen to great tunes. Cooking is a highly creative endeavor, and greatly enjoyed.

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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