How home cooking helps reduce your intake of calories, fat and sugar.
It seems like home cooked meals are becoming a casualty of modern 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 any spare time to cook these days so you…
- don’t have time for breakfast, grab a coffee on the way to work, then spend money on an unhealthy morning tea because you’re starving
- buy lunch, expensive but you didn’t have time to prepare lunch in the morning
- often grab takeaway on the way home or rely on store-bought frozen dinners even if you don’t really enjoy it. 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
- Your meals are more likely to be healthy and provide the nutrition your body needs
- You get time to unwind away from the constant stimulation of mobile phones, TVs and other electronics, which is great for mental health
- Saves you time and money
Home cooked meals made easy
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
- Quick and Easy Rogan Josh (book 7) served with Basmati Rice and steamed veggies
- Chinese Beef (book 5 & Cooking for 1 or 2 people) served with Noodles
- Chicken in a Hurry (book 1) served with noodles or Basmati rice
- Sticky Pork Chops (book 4 & Cooking for 1 or 2 people) served with new potatoes and steamed greens
- Tropical Chicken Parmi (MORE Cooking for 1 or 2 people) served with a side salad
And for something sweet to finish with
- Apple Crumble (book 3 & Cooking for 1 or 2 people) served with low fat custard
- Strawberries Romannette (book 1)
- Symple Sweet Spring Rolls (MORE Cooking for 1 or 2 people)
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.
Watch my cooking shows on Facebook each Thursday at Symply Too Good. Watching these shows will help build your confidence and shows how easy my recipes are. Watch at 2pm AEDT (NSW, Vic, ACT, Tas).
And 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 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