Spring is a time of rebirth, rejuvenation, and fresh starts! It’s an opportunity to shake off the old and start with the new. For me, it has always been a more logical time than the new year to start new habits—I have more energy and enthusiasm as the days get brighter and longer. This is the time of year when I tend to empty out my closets, purge toys, and get inspired to make new dishes (I love spring produce!).
If you are itching to get some new, healthier habits started this spring, then what better way than starting to cook more? Home cooking has been shown to be better for your health, your waistline, and your wallet! So to help you get going, I’ve come up with 5 ways to kick-start your cooking this spring:
1. Try one new recipe a week. Feeling like you are tired of your go-to recipes but overwhelmed by the idea of starting from scratch? Then try picking one new recipe each week to take on. If you need help or inspiration and you are not already a member, join The Scramble for weekly inspiration! Bonus tip: Stick to simple recipes (like The Scramble’s) so that you can experience some success without too much stress.
2. Reorganize your kitchen. Making your kitchen work better for you can make it more appealing and less daunting to spend time cooking. Think through what would make your kitchen work more smoothly and then spend one weekend afternoon making it happen! Great first steps include cleaning out the foods you won’t ever use and donating them to a food pantry, reorganizing so like-things are together, and getting your storage containers under control.
3. Pull out that appliance you haven’t used much. Got a slow cooker, pressure cooker, rice cooker, blender, or food processor that you never use? Pull it out and give it a whirl! Search for simple recipes that use that appliance. Who knows, you may find that you have a new favorite appliance, a new favorite recipe, or both!
4. Sharpen your knives. Sharp knives are essential for efficient and safe cooking. If you don’t have a sharpener, call your local hardware or craft store and find out if they have a knife sharpening event coming up (or you can buy this one (paid link)which I love*). Once you start prepping meals with those nice sharp knives, you won’t believe the difference!
5. Experiment with one-pot meals. One pot meals are awesome because they are usually simple, quick, and there are fewer dishes to do at the end! The possibilities are endless: pastas, soups, stews, casseroles, so much to try!
Do you find inspiration for change in the spring? I’d love to hear what projects you are tackling in the comments!
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