Dinnertime can get boring when you’re only cooking for one. Indeed, if you live alone or it’s just you and a roommate, you can end up skipping meal times altogether. And if that’s not an issue, finding the time and energy to cook is! All in all, you’re starting to skip dinner times.
If that sounds like the boat you’re in, it’s time to turn things round. After all, dinner is a very important time of day for your brain and body, and cooking your own food can be enjoyable, and exciting even. And we’re going to prove it with the tips below.
Think About What You Really Like
The foods you really like are going to spur you on in the kitchen, so gentle yourself back into cooking dinner using them. Whatever you order at a restaurant, your favorite takeout to get, your family favorite turkey shepherd’s pie – use them all to get you to love your own food again. This is an especially good idea if you’ve got some staples you always order when you’re eating out; try making them yourself and see if you can have a bit of fun!
Buy Fresh and In Person
If you buy things fresh, they’re going to have a lot more flavor in them. Frozen foods are good things to always have just in case, but if you want to get excited about cooking again, shop the fresh food aisles of your local supermarket.
Plus, hand picking fresh vegetables and herbs can help you to get to know the best ingredients for the task. Be there to shop as well – you can get a lot of inspiring moments to strike when you’re shopping around in person, which just doesn’t happen when you’re ordering online.
Get Your Hands on Speedy Gadgets
If the reason you stopped cooking in the first place is due to a punishing schedule, invest in some tools that’ll make the work go faster. A food processor, a blender, an electric whisk – these are all amazing things to have in the cupboard!
Don’t try to exhaust yourself here; a good dinner can be a labor of love, but it can also be done and on the table in 20 minutes! Even a slow cooker is a worthy purchase. Put it on in the morning, turn it off when you come home in the evening, and you’ve got dinner all ready and waiting for you. Nothing breeds excitement like convenience.
Make Dinner Times more exicitng by inviting Someone Over
Obviously you can’t do this every night, but if you can get someone over to eat with you once a week, that’s one dinner you can always look forward to. Having a friend round to have a good time with will help to seal the dinner experience, and you’ll find yourself cooking without needing to force yourself to.
Cooking meals is good for you, and it can be enjoyable even when you’re busy! Use tips like these to help you love dinnertime again.