Knowing what to eat can be difficult at the best of times. A question of when, where and what, choosing the right restaurant that you and your loved ones will enjoy is no mean feat.
If you regularly find yourself scrolling through TripAdvisor trying to find the latest tasty haunts, why not try making a tasty homemade meal instead? If you’re not sure whether you’re ready to can your habit of eating out, read on.
What are the benefits of cooking at home?
1. It saves you money
First and foremost – eating out isn’t cheap. Especially with inflation rising to 7%, maintaining the habit of going out for a meal is expensive. On the other hand, going to the supermarket and buying a handful of key ingredients has a much lower price tag – and you may even have some leftovers the next day too!
2. It helps you keep healthy
According to recent statistics, over 36% of UK adults are overweight. Although a treat every once in a while is fine, eating out regularly can be detrimental to your health and weight. Although calories now appear on menus, you’ll save yourself the excess calories from oil, butter and everything else if you choose to eat at home.
3. It’s tasty
Cooking at home gives you the chance to eat exactly what you want, the way you like it! Whether you’re a fiend for spicy food or like your meals to be extra mild, by cooking it yourself you’re in full control of the flavours and end result. No pressure!
4. It’s sociable
When you cook with people, it offers you a good chance to bond. Whether you invite people over for dinner or cook as a couple, cooking gives you the chance to reconnect with your friends and family in a relaxed environment.
How to start cooking at home
If we’ve convinced you to dust off your apron and cook at home, you might be wondering how to get started. Luckily, that’s the easy part. Here’s how:
- Start with easy recipes – If you’re no Gordon Ramsey (yet!), then why not start off by tackling easy recipes? This way you’ll gradually increase in confidence and tackle harder dishes.
- Plan your meals – By writing the menu for the whole week, you can buy the ingredients all in one, so you’re not left with a bare fridge come the weekend. By doing this, you make life easy!
- Invest in some high-quality kitchen gear – A bad workman blames his tools, so make sure you don’t give yourself that excuse! To encourage yourself to cook at home, it’s a good idea to invest in some good quality frying pans and chefs knives to make chopping and cooking a breeze.
Although eating out can be fun, so can cooking at home! Whether you’re looking to save some money, get healthier or simply want to improve your culinary prowess, why not give cooking at home a go?