As a mom, you probably don’t have a lot of free time, so you need to use your time wisely when you add new projects to your already busy schedule. To cook better meals for your family, you may want to concentrate on creating meals that are simple to prepare and nutritious. In the beginning of your cooking journey, you should stick to the healthy basics. As much as you can, try preparing clean meals and not try to prepare meals that require a lot of steps and time. You can always practice preparing fancier meals later.
Start with finding a good cookbook. Do not mistake the average recipe book for a cookbook. A cookbook teaches you the foundations of cooking and food preparation. In contrast, many recipe books may assume you already have a basic understanding of cooking. No matter how many recipe books you already have or will collect in the future, you’ll probably refer to your cookbook often throughout the years. If you are overwhelmed by the many cookbooks available, research the Internet and get suggestions from your friends and family.
If you need a refresher in the suggested food group ratios for optimal nutrition, use the federal government’s food plate guidelines. When preparing meals for your family, imagine that each plate is divided into four parts. Half the plate should include vegetables and fruits, with slightly more vegetables than fruits. The other half should include whole grains and protein, with slightly more whole grains than protein.
Since vegetables are a big part of good nutrition, you may want to learn how to prepare a variety of delicious vegetable dishes immediately. To make sure you use many different types of vegetables throughout the year, try to use in-season vegetables. Not only are in-season vegetables cheaper, but they are usually fresher. Use your cookbook to find out the best ways to cook different types of vegetables, and the suggested seasonings for the best taste.
For this cooking project, set a reasonable goal to fit your schedule. For instance, if you only have time to prepare meals featuring new dishes once a week, stick with this so you don’t get overwhelmed and discouraged. Once you become a more experienced cook, it’ll become easier to prepare a variety of meals quicker. On the other hand, if you want to give yourself more of a challenge, create a few complicated dishes whenever you have time. Once you master those, surprise and impress your family with a special meal that showcases your new cooking skills.