Cooking takes time. It can be boring. Believe me, I know. When I never really enjoyed food that much, I couldn’t see the point putting a bit of time and effort into cooking something nice for myself.
But as a cooking convert, I’m now the annoying one who tries to persuade everyone else to do the same.
Here’s 10 reasons you should start cooking:
1. It’s healthier
Know exactly what goes into your meals, and swap/ reduce/ remove any especially unhealthy bits. There’s loads of resources online for cooking lighter versions, or just use your common sense (fat-free ingredients).
Even without any of those conscious decisions, cooking at home is often healthier by default. Restaurants and supermarkets stuff their products with salt, sugar, fat and preservatives to keep you coming back for more. Cook for yourself and you’ll get ‘cleaner’ meals.
2. It’s cheaper
Save money on takeaways, restaurant bills and endless ready meals. Buy only the ingredients you actually use, and freeze or save leftovers for additional meals.
3. Greater satisfaction
When you make something delicious, you get pride and accomplishment as a bonus.
4. Learn something
Cooking simple meals well isn’t particularly difficult, but when it’s something you’ve never tried before you are actively expanding your skills. Often found to lead to plenty of number 3.
5. Dinner parties!
Cooking for other people is especially fun and a great reason to learn.
6. Expand your tastes as slowly as you like
A big one for me. If I’m trying to introduce a new food to my diet I want to do it slowly, in a controlled setting (and am starting to sound like a lab rat, but still). You can add as little of something new as you feel comfortable with; and if you don’t like it, you don’t have to send it back anywhere or think about all the money you’ve wasted.
7. Create weird meals to suit your whims
Anyone for roasted root vegetables, cheese and bacon?
8. Save time
If you think you don’t have time to cook, think about how long it takes you to go out to eat. Or even to wait for a takeaway. Plenty of recipes can be made in under half an hour.
9. Save the environment!
Less Styrofoam, disposable forks and plastic, less waste. You have permission to feel sanctimonious for the rest of the evening.
10. It tastes better
Yeah, you read that right. Anything you can do (order), I can cook better.
PS: Learning to cook is a lot of fun!