Homemade meals don’t have to be out of your reach. Cooking at home can be an everyday thing with a few helpful strategies.
Grilled Salmon with Herbed Seasoning Mix
Do you dream of making homemade meals on a regular basis? Ditching the boxed mixes and the takeout in exchange for home baked cookies and a dinner you prepared yourself?
That’s a pretty good dream! Not only is homemade better for you and usually cheaper, it also tastes better and brings people together both for preparation and for enjoying!
You don’t need to have a culinary degree or even a badge that says, “Holly Homemaker”. You just need to decide to do it — and follow a few helpful strategies.
How to Make Homemade Meals More Often
1. Decide today to make a change.
Decide to cook homemade meals instead of buying commercially prepared foods. You have to make it a conscious decision to do this. And you need to stick to your guns. Let everyone know that you’re going to make breakfast, pack lunches, and/or prepare dinner more nights of the week.
You don’t have to do it all. Choose a small goal, but commit to it. Letting other people know helps give you accountability. You’ve got some pride, right? Use it to your advantage.
2. Make a list of family favorite meals.
What are the foods that you know how to make that your family enjoys? These are the ones to focus on as you make the transition from convenience/fast food items to homemade meals.
It doesn’t matter how long (or short) your list is. You just need a starting point, a place to look to when you’re stumped for ideas and the McNuggets are calling your name.
3. Stock the freezer, fridge, and pantry will healthy foods.
Consider doing a basic stock up of items that you use most frequently. This can be tricky on a budget, but it is so helpful to go to the cupboard or fridge and be able to whip up dinner on the spot. Running to the store can sometimes lead to a detour through the closest drive-through. If you’ve got food at home already, you’re more likely to eat that!
One word of caution. Okay two. Maybe three.
1. Don’t overload the veggie drawer. Only buy the fresh produce that you know you will eat up this week.
2. Don’t spend beyond your means. Focus on nutrient rich foods that you know your family loves.
3. Don’t make things too complicated for yourself. Stick to basics until the habit is ingrained.
4. Try a new technique or recipe once a week.
While it’s good to focus on the basics, it’s also helpful to shake things up once in awhile. Try a new cooking technique or test out a new-to-you recipe every once in awhile. It will keep your chops sharp and expand your repertoire.
Just be sure to have lots of salad and bread for side dishes in case there’s a mistake too big to overlook. It happens to all of us!
Cooking homemade meals can help your health, your budget, and your family time! I know you can do it. Let me know how I can help you.
My favorite recipes can be found here:
- Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less
- Not Your Mother’s Make-Ahead and Freeze Cookbook
- Good Cheap Eats
What are YOUR favorite homemade meals to make?