Taking the Boredom/Choredom Out of Healthy Cooking

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?

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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