5 Simple Ways To Have Success With Your Daily Cooking Routine
1. Always start cooking in a clean kitchenWhen I walk into a clean kitchen, I have a sense of calm. However, if the sink is filled with dirty dishes and there are empty cartons on the counter, plus dirty utensils strewn about, I get angry. It’s not a pleasant way to start cooking. Meal prep can be stressful, especially if you have hungry mouths begging for dinner. I think you’ll agree, it’s easier to handle the pressure if you start with a clean kitchen.
2. Keep a stocked pantry
Half the battle of cooking is deciding what to cook. No one likes to change their recipe selection halfway through cooking, because you are missing an essential ingredient in a recipe. In our house, this could cause a volcanic eruption, so always keep a stocked pantry.
3. Read your recipe from start to finish BEFORE you begin cooking
This will save you the stress of not having the recipe turn out as expected. Check that you have all the ingredients you need, and read the directions to eliminate any surprises. If you only have 15 minutes to cook a meal, you definitely don’t want to learn it takes an hour to cook it after you’ve already started. Give yourself a chance to succeed by reading the directions in the recipe first.
4. Sit down and enjoy eating your meal at a counter or table
This is a big one for me. If I go to the trouble to cook a meal, I want to sit down and enjoy it with everyone else. If you don’t have anyone to share it with, then set the table anyway; maybe light a candle, turn on some music, and enjoy what you’ve created.