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 modern fast-paced lifestyles. The good news is it doesn’t have to be like that. But first let’s look at the problem.

Wake up late. Skip breakfast. Grab a coffee on the way to work. Feeling tired, it must be lunch time. Grab another coffee. Buy lunch and shovel it down. Back to the office. Is it 5 o’clock yet? Skip the gym. Grab something for dinner on the way home. Watch TV. Go to bed. Then wake up and do it all again tomorrow.

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.

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.

The bottom line is – our health is suffering because of our high-paced lifestyles. And this pace is not something that can be sustained long-term without repercussions to your general health and well-being.  Let’s look at what we can do to turn this around.

What if I told you, you could change your health and energy levels by cooking healthy meals a couple of times a week?

Here are a few 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.

Time-saving tips

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

  • Quick and Easy Rogan Josh (book 7) served with Basmati Rice and steamed veggies
  • Chinese Beef (book 5) served with Basmati rice
  • Chicken in a Hurry (book 1) served with noodles or Basmati rice
  • Sticky Pork Chops (book 4) served with new potatoes and steamed greens
  • Fettucine Carbonara or Chicken Parmigiana (both book 2) served with a side salad

And for something sweet to finish with

  • Apple Crumble (book 3) served with low fat custard
  • Strawberries Romannette (book 1)

How I can help

  • There are loads of quick easy recipes in my 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.
  • If you’re an empty nester, single or couple – I’ve got you covered with my latest cookbook – Cooking for 1 or 2 people.
  • My Neoflam frypans and wok will help make cooking easy and enjoyable. Check them out and take advantage of the discounted prices.
  • Watch my cooking shows on Facebook each Tuesday and Thursday at Symply Too Good. Watching these shows will help build your confidence and shows how easy my recipes are. I go live at 2pm AEST (Qld, NSW, Vic, ACT, Tas) and the video gets posted to the top of the page so, if you miss it, you can watch it later.

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.

Want more? Read my 6 quick tips for easy meals

*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