DAY 22-

TRY A NEW METHOD OF COOKING

Today’s challenge is to try cooking in a different way than you usually do.

There are many different methods to cook food. We can fry, steam, bake, boil, microwave, grill, BBQ, leave in a slow cooker, stew, poach, and more.

So, there are many ways to skin a cat, however we usually get stuck into one method and that lack of diversity can leave us with food boredom.

Food boredom is no good, because as soon as healthier option food becomes underwhelming, our natural propensity is to direct ourselves towards more exciting food, and high sugar/fat foods like processed goods are always exciting. They taste exciting, they look exciting, and their packaging is often exciting.

That means that we need to keep being creative with how we prepare our food.

Imagine instead of preparing your bog-standard meals for the week that you bring to work in tuppawear, that instead you try BBQing your week’s meals!

BBQ’d potatoes, sweetcorn, meat, and other delicious foods. That might sound like a lot of work to start up a whole BBQ, and it probably is for most. If, however you organise a BBQ with your friends/family, and then cook extra, then you’ve killed two birds with one stone.

Likewise, if you always fry, you might change for stewing your food on a low heat and having a completely different flavour.

Sometimes a microwave can be your best friend. If time is always fleeting for you then you’d be surprised how many things can be cooked completely in the microwave.

As one example, potatoes, which can take up to an hour to bake in the oven, can be cooked from raw to ready in 15 minutes. A whole chicken breast might take 5 minutes, and vegetables around the same time.

Microwaved food definitely won’t have the same great taste as cooking by another method, but even that can be remedied by doing things like seasoning the food well, and using sauces, oils, and butter, to add more flavour.

You don’t necessarily  have to try a different method to save time, and it certainly doesn’t have to be all consuming. It is simply about adding another option to what you can do. The more diversity we can create with our cooking, and meals, the more freedom we have to make exciting choices and if we enjoy what we are eating, then it will be easier to sustain healthy habits.

Simple!