Simple Ways to Cook at Home – Tips from a Registered Dietitian

Simple Ways to Cook at Home – Tips from a Registered Dietitian

November 3, 2019 2 By William Morgan


Hi it’s Willow with C&J Nutrition, your Bumble Bee Foods nutrition blogger
and this month I’m talking about simple
ways to make cooking at home a little
bit easier. Cooking more meals at home
can seem a little bit daunting,
especially if you don’t have a lot of
kitchen experience and my best advice is
to start where you are start slow and
don’t let perfectionism stand in the way
of taking action and having some fun in
the kitchen. So I put together a list of
some of my favorite tips for just making
cooking at home seem more doable. So
let’s dive in! My first tip is to start
with frozen components and assemble
meals. So you’re starting with pre cooked
frozen components and assembling your
meal with a carb, protein, and some
veggies. So a lot of places make pre
cooked veggies, precooked and
pre-seasoned proteins, and things like
pre roasted potatoes, or precooked whole
grains, so if you have those components
you can put together a meal just by
heating those things up. And another
benefit of this is if you like the
seasonings or the cooking method that
one of the companies uses, then later on
when you feel more comfortable in the
kitchen then you can do that yourself,
but it’s a good way to get started. My
second tip is to use YouTube as your
private cooking coach. There are so many
recipes on YouTube and the benefit of
having the video that goes along with it
is that you get to learn the more
intricate cooking methods or just some
of the details that might not come
across in a written recipe, you actually
get to see people doing them which is
really great. My third tip is to consider
roasting. Roasting is one of my favorite
cooking methods just because it brings
out a lot of flavor and foods especially
veggies. You can do it on a sheet pan you
can do a lot at once and it’s pretty
much set it and forget it style, you know
you put it in the oven for a certain
amount of time and you can do other
stuff during that time you don’t have to
be constantly stirring and constantly
attending to it. You can also
typically do sheet pan meals so you can
cook a protein and veggies and maybe
like a starch like potatoes all at the
same time so if you google sheet pan
meals or look on YouTube for sheet pan
meal ideas there are a lot of them. My
next step is to embrace
different cooking techniques. So like I
just said I love roasting, but it’s also
really great to know what foods cook
best in the microwave. Potatoes are
awesome baked in the microwave you can also do you know whole grains on the
stovetop, fried eggs on the stovetop, so
it’s nice to know those different
cooking methods and once you have a
grasp on them you can have multiple dishes
going at once, and it actually makes
cooking at home a lot more efficient
once you have multiple cooking methods
going at one time. Next up is to
explore batch cooking. So batch cooking
means you find a recipe you really like, you
get comfortable making you know a couple servings of it at a time, and then you
try making like five or more servings at
a time. And then you can portion them out
for the week and use them multiple times,
or you can even freeze them to use later.
The benefit of this is it saves a lot of
time. And on that same note my final tip
is have containers for leftovers. I think
one of the biggest benefits and kind of
like the biggest draws to cooking more
at home is that you can cook a meal and
then you can eat for several days with
the leftovers. And having a set of
containers that you really like in that
it’s easy to use makes that so much
easier. It also makes it easy to sort of
put your leftovers into grab-and-go
meals right away, and then they’re
already in the fridge waiting for you so
it’s almost like you’ve made yourself
meals for the next couple days.
Especially with work lunches you’re
already ready to just grab them when
you’re running out the door in the
morning and go. So I hope these tips help
you feel more comfortable cooking at
home and getting started cooking at home.
If you have any questions leave them in
the comments and I would love to know
what some of your favorite dishes to
cook at home are. Again this is Willow
with C&J Nutrition your Bumble Bee Foods
food blogger and I will see you next
month, bye!