Now that he’s out of college, working full time and living on your own, you may starting is heard a little voice in your head that takes effect when life was installed.
“I can not keep destroying my body with fast food.”
We’ve all been there, living for ourselves during that transition careful right after college and before starting a family, or maybe even before you met that special person. The feeling of freedom is overwhelming and exciting, but we tend to forget about our bodies and proper nutrition. We believe we can get away with munching down on processed store bought Mac and cheese for the rest of our lives. The problem is … we can not.
What is the solution? Well, you can enroll in one of those “We will cook for you and deliver it to your door” services, but let’s face it, if you are right college you probably do not have the money for it. Additionally, when you opt for those foods that are still giving away control what goes into your food and turn your body. The second option is to learn to cook. Yes, I know, just out of college and thought I was done with learning things. Sorry to disappoint you, but life goes on and we must always keep learning.
Cooking is not as difficult as it might seem. In general, the idea is to mix a lot of ingredients to the desired result, as in chemistry class. Knowing how and what to mix under what conditions is what it takes to learn how. We intend to start with the basics. The first step could be the most expensive out of all the steps you have to do on the way to the culinary expertise, but also the most important. You need to supply your pantry, refrigerator and freezer.
Let’s start with the pantry. Everything that has a long shelf life and does not require refrigeration must be stored in the pantry. This includes things like spices, salt and chicken broth. You will use these types of ingredients to make a lot of food . Chicken stock is a base for many types of soups and sauces, and is an absolute necessity to have on hand. The same is true of spices and salt. They give your life and incredible flavor dishes. No chef is able to prepare delicious food without seasoning; It is not only possible. The next group of items you need in your pantry is grains. This includes pasta, rice, quinoa, and similar dry ingredients that can be a basis for many foods. Then you should consider grains, there are millions.
Choose some of the basics and ensure that they are available when you are in the mood for something that requires bean as the main ingredient. If you start with the basics such as black beans and beans, you will be surprised what you can do for them. Have some nuts is also a good idea, as it will be very useful if you decide to make a pie crust or do something with nuts. They are also great in salads. In general, dried fruits and nuts are very versatile ingredients.
sure to keep some tomatoes around. Tomatoes in your pantry will not be fresh, but instead diced, pureed, or stew and stored in a can. You can view calls for all these varieties in recipes as you begin cooking more often. Every week before shopping, you should check your pantry to make sure it is still stocked with these basic ingredients. Oh, and one last thing … honey. Please buy some honey and put it in sight to remember to use it. This ingredient is overlooked, but an incredible substitute commonly makes so many ingredients when a recipe calls for sweetness. And it’s also great for tea or coffee!
Now let’s move to the refrigerator. The test for what will or will not enter the fridge is simple. Does it have to be cooled in order to maintain life, or what better cold knows? If the answer is yes, then it goes in the fridge. Contrary to the pantry space here may be more limited. So let’s focus on the elements absolutely necessary. Butter and eggs, because let’s face it, a breakfast without eggs is a waste of time. You also need to consider the milk, cream and milk or cream and Greek or plain yogurt.
At least one or two of these varieties will be a necessity, but can defer to personal taste to decide what to keep on hand. The seasonings are next on the list, including but not limited to tomato sauce, Sriracha, Dijon mustard, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Finally, do not forget vinegar. You’d be surprised how many meals this can go.
The dark side, at the bottom of the fridge freezer also known as playing an important role in cooking alone. All fruits and frozen vegetables go here. They can better preserve this way and you do not have to worry about immediate use. You may want to keep your extra butter that is not being used here as well. We all hope to find things like ice cream in the freezer, as there will be a day when you’re simply not ready to face the world and only ice cream will make it better. Remember to occasionally clean out the freezer. Although temperatures are below zero bacteria and all kinds of nasty things can still multiply here and do their inedible tasty things.
Now that we have the staples stored in your home, it’s time to shop for specific foods you’ll eat this week. Our suggested approach is make an eating plan for the week and create a shopping list accordingly. So make a decision on what to eat, try to hit your favorite culinary web site (we like FoodNetwork.com) and just start surfing. Surf until your heart can take no more and can not help but get in the car and go shopping.
Decide exactly what you want to eat, keep an eye on the amount of calories, and also make sure that the recipes have some fruit or unknown vegetables only found in the rainforest of Venezuela with a price tag of an arm and a leg. Besides that, it is all up to you. Start slow and move on to more complicated dishes. Even if it never becomes a culinary genius capable of cooking for an army, absolutely anyone can learn to cook for one.