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Allergy Friendly Organic Foods and Recipes
Tis the season for baking and sharing all the Christmas cookies and sweet treats!
Nevertheless, if you have food allergies, or know someone who does, then you know it can also be difficult to find or make delicious treats that are safe to eat and actually taste good. Today I will be sharing the cookies I discovered last Christmas that have been a game changer for enjoying holidays and special occasions again. *This post contains affiliate links.
Even if you love to cook, it can be common to lose your love for it from time to time. Whether your schedule is so busy that you no longer have time to cook your favorite meals or you run out of recipe ideas, it feels upsetting when you lose the love for something you were once passionate about. Don’t worry, you will soon be able to reignite your love for cooking with these hot tips.*This post contains affiliate links.
Use your favorite ingredients in different ways
You might find that you have lost your love for cooking because you have been making the same recipes time and time again.
For instance, your favorite sandwich for lunchtime might be a blt. Although they satisfy your stomach, you might get bored of making them and start to lose your love for food altogether. Hence, using these ingredients to make something different could help you find your love for the recipe and cook again. Making your own blt dip is a fun way to bring in your favorite flavors yet not have to have the same old foods. Although you might enjoy a blt sandwich, you might get bored of eating and making them if you have them too often. Hence, you can still enjoy the same flavor but through a different type of food.
Hence, taking your favorite ingredients and transforming them into a different dish is an easy way to spice up your cooking and reignite your passion for it.
Get other people involved
It can sometimes be lonesome when you cook every day in the kitchen by yourself. Sometimes you might enjoy the space. However, getting someone involved from time to time can spark the fun and help you enjoy it when you feel uninspired. So, getting other people involved – whether that be a friend, your partner, or your child – can help you have fun again.
Not only will getting your child involved teach them how to cook, but it will also give you a companion to have fun with while creating your favorite recipes.
Likewise, getting a friend or partner involved can help you have quality time together meanwhile it will help in getting your inspiration back.Even asking someone for recipe inspiration can be enough to help you reignite your passion and love for cooking.
Invest in a cooking subscription
Another great way to rekindle your passion for cooking is to get yourself a cooking subscription. This could be access to recipes and videos. Or, it could be a weekly ingredient box that gets delivered to your doors with entirely new recipes each time. Either way, being signed up for something new will give you the push to try new things and experiment with cooking and foods in a way that you never have before.
Although this might cost you more than asking for help or using ingredients in different ways, it will be an investment worth making if it helps you find your love for cooking again.
Knowing how to cook is one of the most valuable skills you can have in life. Every adult should be able to prepare delicious, nutritious meals for themselves and others. If you don’t know your way around the kitchen, you are more likely to eat unhealthily and be at greater risk of heart disease, obesity, and other medical issues. It also enables you to save money on your eating habits and enjoy a greater quality of life.
That’s why it’s so important to get your kids into cooking from an early age. This way, you will instill healthy habits into them that they will carry on into adulthood. When they leave home and go to college or start work, they will know how to be self-sufficient rather than relying on you to cook their meals for them. Or worse, only eating junk food.
So to help your child discover a passion for food, here are four tips for teaching your little one to cook.
Explain food hygiene and safety
Learning to cook starts with the basics. Although it can be simple and fun, if you get certain things wrong you can easily injure yourself or get sick. Teach your child how to be careful when using kitchen equipment. For example, drill into them that they need to wait until food is cooked before tasting, and wash their hands before and after handling food. You won’t be giving a young child a sharp knife, but as they get older you can entrust more responsibility to them. Make sure you demonstrate how to hold a cutting implement properly and explain the importance of keeping blades sharp and well looked after.
Familiarize them with the equipment
Even though you are familiar with spatulas, cheese graters, and electric whisks, your child might be a little overwhelmed by all the exciting gadgets in your kitchen. Take some time to explain what each item is and how it is used. Give them a demonstration before letting them try it out for themselves and teach them how to be safe while they are at it. This will help to ease them into their newfound culinary abilities and give them an appreciation for the kitchen.
Start with easy recipes
There’s probably no point getting your child to make a full roast dinner on their first attempt. You need to start slow, with easy recipes with few steps and only basic cooking techniques. Baking sweet treats like biscuits and brownies is a good place to start, as they are simple and delicious enough to keep an impatient child interested. There are a few basic cooking essentials everyone should know, such as how to make over hard eggs or boil water for pasta.
Make it fun
Some children get bored easily, so you don’t want cooking to seem like a chore. Make it a fun activity by letting your child get stuck into everything. Teach them to prepare their favorite foods and don’t let them get disheartened if they make mistakes. It’s all part of the learning process.
Does your child love cooking, or you have special memories of cooking with your children? I love hearing from you!
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