My goal as a macrobiotic teacher is to inspire my students to cook at home. Cooking is such an important skill in staying healthy. Unfortunately, cooking at home is becoming less common. But it doesn’t mean you can’t start learning and heal your body and mind with amazing meals and food. Here are 7 simple tips on how to make macrobiotic cooking fun and painless!
Keep It Simple
It can be overwhelming to just start making home cooked meals especially in the busyness of life. That is why it is essential to create simple meals. I recommend only using salt and pepper instead of trying to cook with lots of different spices. And choose recipes with simple and few ingredients. This way you can quickly and easily get dinner on the table or pack it up to go. (Dinner Tips)
Also if a beginner cook, start with making one meal per day or per week. Then build from there and cook more meals when ready. One healthy meal a week is a great start! Often students struggle to create time for cooking but with easy tips and ingredients get the hang of it and eventually love it.
Here are recipes to try out:
Give Yourself Enough Time
The worst mistake to make when cooking is rushing especially when preparing a meal for several people. If that is the case, try to get up early in the morning. This gives you time to drink coffee, tea or juice, body rub, and relax before getting into it. The morning is also quieter meaning no distractions.
Grocery Shop the Day Before
Along with giving yourself enough time, grocery shop the day before making a meal. That way you are not cramming everything in at once. After grocery shopping, we are anxious, which is not the best time to start cooking. However, if you do grocery shop the day of, take a few minutes to relax before getting started. (Tips on how to create a macrobiotic shopping list).
Listen to Music
Listen to fun and calming music. It helps you to get into a rhythm and focused on cooking. My favorite music in the kitchen is Frank Sinatra.
Explore a Local Farmers Market
Denny and I recommend vegetables with every meal. A great way to explore new vegetables and get fresh ingredients is going to the farmers market. It is also more enjoyable to explore farmers market than a grocery store. As well as, a great way to support locally-grown food and save money on your weekly grocery bill.
Use Nice Cooking Equipment
The worst part of cooking is the clean up. I recommend buying high-quality cooking equipment that is easy to use and clean.
Cook with Family and Friends
One fun part about cooking a meal is spending time with friends and family in the kitchen. Feel free to have a glass of wine, joke and laugh as you prepare the meal. This makes macrobiotic cooking so much fun!