Everyday we are surrounded by food! In shops, at Cafes and even at the Post Office. This abundance of ‘ready-to-eat’ solutions has nearly led to the extinction of a very precious skill! Home cooking! As a matter of fact, home cooking might be the proposed solution to our current health crisis!
One of the safest ways to stay healthy is to go back to good old home cooking.
Home cooking uses whole food ingredients without relying on processed foods, without relying on the food industry. Also cooking may have some beneficial side effects.
The process by which our food is made has a lot to do with our health. Research suggests that families that eat food cooked by a human eat a healthier diet and are healthier. Many other things follow from cooking food at home: you will use the best ingredients you can afford, you will make it simple, you do not need the food to last for 6 months on the shelf and the odds are that whatever you eat will be better than processed foods.
The actual act of cooking enforces a healthy wholesome diet without actually realising it. It is probably very hard to get fat on home cooked food. The other reason why cooking is important is because if you cook, you will have a meal. You will sit down together as a family or with friends, and that also has a lot of implications on our health. Eating in front of the telly alone or constantly snacking, lead to a very different kind of food consumption.
So now you might say, we'll this is all very good but I don't know how to cook nor do I have time to cook!!?? A lot of people think cooking is the hardest thing to do. But really, it is not!
Here are some solutions to the most common obstacles that stop people from cooking at home:
Time Prepare ahead! Give a couple of hours on a Sunday to prepare food for the week and freeze it in small portion sizes. Make food that gives a lot of leftovers, e.g. roast chicken - it makes three good meals!
Maximise valuable food
Energy Share the work, involve your children
Skill Improve over time, they will, I promise!
Money Do the best you can with the resources you have available to you
Cooking can be very satisfying! Sadly the food industry has us all brainwashed to believe that it is difficult and boring. Do not overcomplicate it.
We celebrate food through cooking shows and blogs but forget about the actual cooking. There are a lot of very satisfying meals we can have on the table in less than 30 minutes. Some of us just don't know how to make them.
Cooking is a very practical solution to our modern health challenges and can almost immediately be put into place. Cooking brings us closer to food and can protect our relationship with food. It is one of the most powerful ways to protect our log term health.
Food is one of the greatest joys of life! Don't make it your enemy! Start cooking!!!!
Try my delicious ‘Lentil and zucchini super bowl’
Serves: 4 Time: 30 minutes
1 can (400g) of chopped tomatoes
1 medium sized zucchini
1 tbsp of tomato puree
1 bag or can (400g) of green lentils (in water without salt)
1 tbsp of olive oil
salt & pepper
Prepare & Cook
Cut the onion into small cubes
Pour the olive oil into a casserole dish and gently glaze the onion.
Cut the zucchini into small cubes and add to the onions
Now add the tomato puree and coat the vegetable well
Add the chopped tomatoes and stir
Add the lentils and stir well.
Let it gently simmer for a couple of minutes
Season to taste
TIPP: This is a great dish to batch cook! Double or triple the ingredients and you will have plenty of prepared, home cooked meals ready! My kids love it with some added “little star” pasta!!