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.