What are the benefits of homemade cooking?

Home cooking with fresh natural ingredients

We very often do not have enough time to cook a nice homemade meal.  Instead, we either spend lots of money eating out, or buy processed foods when we are on-the-go.  To make matters worse, we often don’t know what goes into our food, or when we do, we give-in simply because we feel we don’t have the time to prepare our own food.

In this article, we explore the benefits of homemade food, plus some tips on how to cook for yourself and other people.  So, let’s take a look at some of the benefits first…

1. Saves money

Money has been listed as one of the biggest benefits, simply because we spend so much of it when we eat out, or when we buy convenient foods. Homemade meals are not only cheaper, but they can be made to be healthier, and even tastier too. Surely, it’s a no brainer, right?

Here are some suggestions to save money on food:

  • Plan your meals for the week. This allows you to budget and resist temptation to eat out or buy processed foods.
  • Learn to cook with fresh ingredients. Not only are they healthier, but they can save you a fortune from buying ready meals.
  • Save your leftovers in the refrigerator or freezer. If you think about it, that’s another meal sorted for the week, and that’s even more money saved.

2. Saves time

Surely, buying a ready-meal or a takeaway is quicker than cooking a homemade meal? In reality, it can be faster to cook something at home, especially when you plan ahead. There are so many meals that can be made in less than 30 minutes. If you choose to cook more complex meals, then cook in bulk and eat the surplus later in the week, or freeze it.

3. Natural ingredients

Many commercially prepared foods are high in fat, salt, and refined sugar. Convenient foods often contain artificial preservatives and flavourings – even the luxury and free-from meals. When you prepare your own food, you have complete control over the ingredients that go into your meals, and how much of them too. Eating homemade food lets you add in more fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet so that you can focus on all-natural ingredients.

4. Better for your dietary needs

Preparing your meals at home is especially beneficial if you or a family member has dietary needs. I’m sorry to break it to you, but a lot of the free-from foods contain artificial substitutes. In reality, you’re better off making your own food using natural ingredients that work best for you and the family.

5. Become a better cook

When you give yourself some time in the week, you can quickly learn to cook-up some simple, healthy and tasty meals. The more you cook, the more your confidence will grow, and the more advanced your skills will become.

6. Improved lifestyle

Eating at home, brings the family together. Studies show that when we eat together, our kids and family are much healthier. Eating together has even been linked to less obesity, and kids doing better in school.

Cooking with natural ingredients will make you feel amazing. And there’s a good reason for that! Whole, organic and natural foods are what our bodies crave and thrive on. When we heavily process our food, it can strip nutrients or add chemicals, additives and artificial preservatives our body can’t process. Switching to using more natural ingredients may seem like a big change, but it is a small lifestyle adjustment that can bring many benefits.

Making home cooking a regular thing

Cooking a meal should not just be a one-off occasion, but a regular or even a daily part of your life. Understandably, home cooking may seem like a huge challenge given that we struggle to find the time. However, making simple lifestyle changes can help you cook honest food for yourself and other people without taking up too much time.

To help you get started, here are some tips

1. Make time

Try scheduling 30-60 minutes in the week to cook a homemade meal. Whilst there are plenty of 15-30 minute meal recipes, they very often don’t factor in the time to gather the ingredients, read the methods and even do the washing up. That’s why you should give yourself up to an hour to prepare food without rushing.

Once you get into a routine of cooking one homemade meal in the week, try cooking two meals, then three, four, five and six until you comfortably adjust your lifestyle to prepare homemade food everyday.

2. Plan ahead

Write a menu on all the meals you plan to eat for lunch, dinner, and even breakfast. This allows you to budget and plan all the ingredients you need. Some ingredients can even go a long way, and be used for more than one meal.

3. Start small

People often make the mistake of diving in head first; they eagerly buy lots of ingredients they intend to use for either lots of 15-30 minute meals, or complex recipes. In reality, the super quick recipes take some time getting used to – you’re not going whip up these meals that quickly, because you need to develop the basic culinary skills first. And, taking this approach can often manifest itself as a bad enough experience to turn people off home cooking altogether!

The best approach is simple: start small with something simple. Try something you know you can confidently achieve within a sensible timeframe. After preparing your first meal, you can slowly build yourself up to cooking more adventurous meals, and even aim to cook 15-30 minute recipes.

4. Go natural

Here’s a rule of thumb: don’t use any ingredients that have been heavily processed with chemicals, additives, and artificial flavourings or preservatives. Take the common sense approach in using fresh ingredients. We also advise avoiding refined-sugars as the processes they undergo strip all the natural nutrients. You can however replace refined-sugars with natural sweeteners such as honey and fruit.

5. Enjoy homemade cooking

This is perhaps the best advice we can give – enjoy homemade food (and that’s not just eating it either). Food is one of the most important things we depend on… and we need it to survive. Preparing food shouldn’t be a chore, it should be something you enjoy, take pride in, and share with other people. By taking an interest in homemade food, you will enjoy far bigger success.