Home-cooked meals made easy

home cooked meals

How home cooking helps reduce your intake of calories, fat and sugar.

It seems like home-cooked meals are becoming a casualty of fast-paced lifestyles. The good news is it doesn’t have to be like that.

But first, let’s look at the problem:

You struggle to find spare time to cook so you…

  • skip breakfast and grab a coffee on the way to work, then spend money on an unhealthy morning tea because you’re starving
  • buy lunch, it’s expensive but you didn’t have time to make lunch in the morning
  • resort to takeaway on the way home or rely on store-bought frozen dinners, even if you don’t really enjoy them. Hey, I get it, you don’t have time!

Okay, this might be a slight exaggeration, but you get what I’m saying. And while you may not be guilty of all the above, I bet there are some you’re familiar with.

What if I told you, you could improve your health and energy levels by cooking healthy meals a couple of times a week? Research shows that people who have home-cooked meals 6-7 times a week consume less calories, fat and sugar than those who home-cook 0-1 times a week*.


Here are 3 quick benefits of home-cooked meals

  1. Your meals are more likely to be healthy and provide the nutrition your body needs
  2. You get time to unwind away from the constant stimulation of mobile phones, TVs and other electronics, which is great for mental health
  3. Saves you time and money


Home-cooked meals made easy

Be prepared

Set aside time each week to pick the recipes and shop for the ingredients. Make sure you pick easy recipes, so you don’t become discouraged. Take notice of cooking times and the time you have available to cook.

Have good quality cookware

Good quality non-stick cookware will not only mean that the food is cooked in a low fat way, but the clean up will be super easy. No food sticking so no scrubbing pots and pans.

Make extras for lunches

Again, this will save money and ensure you have a healthy lunch. You can also freeze leftovers in meal-sized portions, so you have healthy meals on hand on days you don’t have time to cook.


My super easy recipe suggestions

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A few final tips

There are loads of quick easy recipes in my 9 cookbooks, use them often. Plus the new updated versions provide a difficulty rating for each recipe, so search out the ones that have 1 star as these are the easiest.

Plus – if you’re a single, couple, grey nomad or empty nester – I’ve got you covered with my 2 latest cookbooks – Cooking for 1 or 2 people and MORE Cooking for 1 or 2 people

I’m starting back with my Facebook cooking shows this week (Thursday 2nd Feb) at Symply Too Good. Watch these shows to help build your confidence and show how easy my recipes are. Watch at 2pm AEDT (NSW, Vic, ACT, Tas). 

If you’d prefer to follow a menu, there are 28-day menu plans in books 5 & 6, plus each Breakfast Shake flavour includes a 14-day menu plan. And… members of my Symply With You community get a new menu each week. These are all nutritionally balanced and calorie-controlled which takes the guesswork out of healthy eating. 

And finally, when you do make time to cook a delicious home-cooked meal, set the table and make it a family event. No TV. No mobile phones. Just a good old-fashioned family conversation.

Happy home cooking,

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*Citation – Wolfson, J., & Bleich, S. (2015). Is cooking at home associated with better diet quality or weight-loss intention? Public Health Nutrition, 18(8), 1397-1406. doi:10.1017/S1368980014001943