Kitchens were deserted for a few years for diverse reasons: desire for freedom, lack of time, increasingly elaborate ready-made meals and fast foods. Thankfully, the trend is reversing and more people favour homemade meals.
However, for those of you who are still hesitating, here are 10 good reasons to cook at home!
- To begin, grocery shopping
Cooking at home begins with selecting your products from the local markets, producers or stores. Traceability, flavour and quality become real assets.
Grocery shopping can also be, for some of us, a moment of pleasure. I personally love browsing the aisles to see what’s available, and slowly figuring out what I am going to cook!
- Create a delicious and healthy meal
Because you have personally selected all your ingredients, not only are you able to cook the meal you desire, you are also able to make it healthy and tasty.
And is there anything more satisfying than cooking a meal that is healthy and delicious at the same time? I don’t think so!
- Try new things
Industrial ready-made meals are often similar; similar taste, similar odour and sometimes, we don’t even know exactly what they are made of.
Cooking can be an experience, almost an experiment, if you are willing to try new flavours and recipes! Most of the time when I cook, I either try a new recipe or come up with my own concoction. Success isn’t guaranteed but as we say, it’s the intention that matters!
- Develop your creativity
Cooking at home sometimes requires thinking outside the box. You can, for example, use a recipe that you found on Sophonie’s Kitchen add your own twist or secret ingredient to turn it into a masterpiece.
All it takes is a bit of imagination and courage!
- Lighten the traditional recipes
Who doesn’t love mom’s cooking? I know I do! But my waistline … it doesn’t.
The good news is however that we don’t have to avoid these delicious traditional dishes, all we have to do is revisit them. It is relatively easy to switch a few ingredients – coconut oil instead of butter, almond milk instead of whole milk – to make your dish a bit lighter.
- Decorate the plates for the kids
Carrots, Brussel sprouts, spinach… Some vegetables are just impossible to give to kids. Cooking at home allows to create playful plates which will have much more success with your little ones!
- Manage our budget without sacrificing
Preparing our own meals has a considerable advantage, we choose how much we spend. We can buy just enough ingredients to prepare one meal or learn to create a new meal with the leftovers.
The leftovers of your beef stew can for example become a beef salad, a shepherd’s pie or stuffed tomatoes!
- Adapt your meals based on your tastes or dietary requirements
Homemade cooking allows us to adapt our dishes to our own tastes. It also allows us to adapt our dishes to our dietary requirements. Being gluten or lactose intolerant… is no longer a restriction! Doesn’t a gluten free chocolate fondant sound tasty?
- Have an ecological approach
Using fresh products can allow us to be more conscious of the environment. We can for example choose to buy organic products or products with less packaging.
- And finally, cooking at home is sharing, taking pleasure and pleasing
As a kid, I was lucky enough to eat homemade meals every day and I used to spend time with my mom in the kitchen while she would prepare them. I believe that these shared moments are what made cooking a real passion for me and allowed me to enjoy good food.
And also, who can resist to the pleasure of seeing your guests loving the meal you prepared for them?!
Do you agree with these 10 reasons? Do you cook at home? Leave your feedback!