So you don’t know how to cook?

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So you don’t know how to cook?

Well, I’ve been there. A lot of us have, especially being in college. You go home for a home cooked meal, but don’t have any interest in learning how to turn on an oven.

But, you probably also know that cooking your own food will not only save you money, but will be a healthier option. Here are a few tips on getting started with cooking and learning how to meal prep!

  • When you go to the grocery store, go with a plan. Figure out how many different types of meals you want to make that week, and include a few snacks and desserts. I usually have 1-3 of each depending on the week and what I’m craving! Put your ingredients on a list.
  • Know what is on your list and STICK to it. This will really help you stay within your budget, and you won’t have as much food taking up your fridge, potentially going bad within the week.
  • While grocery shopping, try to stick to the perimeter of the store. This will be where the fresher items and healthier alternatives most likely reside.
  • After you have your groceries, pick a meal prep day. I usually do it the day I go grocery shopping to make it easier, and I already know what I have in my fridge.
  • When meal prepping, I usually roast a huge batch of different vegetables, cook rice/quinoa/pasta, or make a dessert. If you are roasting vegetables, it’s super easy to look up what the oven should be set on and the timing of it. Same for cooking rice/quinoa/pasta.

And you’re off! Cooking is a much healthier alternative and you can save a lot of money too.


5 Comments

Emma Blackshire

Emma Blackshire

February 5, 2019at 12:40 pm

I love these tips! I definitely am lazy when it comes to cooking. I constantly go out and spend too much money and then complain when I can’t afford anything. I will for sure use these next time i grocery shop!

Kate Anderson

Kate Anderson

February 5, 2019at 12:58 pm

I can relate to this post in many ways! I love cooking but often run out of ideas very quickly. I learned that meal prepping on monday is a great way to stay on track.

Will Johnson

Will Johnson

February 5, 2019at 2:24 pm

I’ve had to learn this during this last semester. It was the first time I didn’t have meal plan so instead of just eating cereal every morning then eating on campus and having snacks at night I had to make actual meals. I particularly like the grocery store advice that was a key for me to saving a lot of money. This stuff may seem very obvious, particularly to parents (like my mom who loved to tease me about this), but planning what you get is key.

Taylor Ostrowski

taylor ostrowski

February 5, 2019at 3:38 pm

I was instantly drawn to this post as I am probably the worst cook on planet Earth. I miss the home cooking from my mother every night. I enjoyed reading these tips and I will try to use them in my life rather than eating out almost every meal as I currently do.

Shelby Lance

Shelby Lance

February 7, 2019at 11:12 am

Another great option to learn how to cook is by subscribing to a meal delivery service! When I first moved to my apartment, I religiously subscribed to Hello Fresh. This was a great option for me because I was so busy I didn’t have time to do all the required prep to make sure my grocery trips were worth the stop. They also have a student discount! Utilizing this service helped me to know my way around the kitchen and now I can confidently make yummy meals without the crutch of a recipe!

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