Cooking can be fun, or it can feel like a chore. Even for me as a chef, while I absolutely love to cook, now and then I just don’t feel like it. Maybe I didn’t get a good night’s sleep - it happens to us mamas! - and my energy levels are low that day. Maybe there’s something else going on that’s distracting me. It just happens.
And, sure, going out to eat is an option. But it’s not necessarily the quickest option, the healthiest option, or the most budget-friendly option. So how do you get yourself cooking when you don’t want to? I’ve gathered up some of my favorite motivational tips for you here:
it’s worth your time!
6. Cook with a friend – I had a cooking buddy for a while, and it worked really well. She’s a friend who lives
nearby and likes similar food. We’d come up with some dishes for upcoming lunches and dinners, take
turns doing the shopping, and then cook together at one of our houses. It’s more efficient to cook
doubled recipes and then split them, and it’s fun to catch up with a friend while you cook. And having a
cooking buddy means that you’re setting a certain time aside to get the cooking done. After that, you
don’t need to worry about cooking for the next few days or week, which is also very nice.
Depending on the day, different strategies work better. I hope these ideas help you the next time you are feeling down on cooking, because it happens to the best of us.
Chef Hilla Abel helps busy parents prepare healthy food easily and enjoyably. She's a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts, and currently serves on the faculty of Bauman College, a holistic nutrition and culinary school.
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