Most people think that all recipes come from Michelin star chefs or are handed down from some distant ancestor. Not only that but if you were to even consider making your own recipe, you would have to go through years of trial and error or training in the woods with some sort of cooking sensei.
What if I told you that with a little bit of planning and some simple diet knowledge, that you can easily create healthy meals for you and your family? Would you believe me? Read on.
Healthy Recipe Tip 1 – Planning is everything!
The thing that separates average and amazing cooking is simply planning. Taking a few minutes each week to plan meals for the following days can make a huge, and I mean HUGE difference.
Healthy Recipe Tip 2 – Steal!
There are literally thousands of recipe books, websites and blogs full of fantastic recipes. Keep all of these recipes in one place and when it comes to shopping for your next week/month, you can pick out the recipes that grab your attention and add their ingredients to your shopping list.
Healthy Recipe Tip 3 – Trim the fat!
Now it’s time for you to get creative. Unless the recipes that you have sourced are super healthy, it is now your mission to take out the unhealthy ingredients, and either swap them with a healthy alternative or change the method in which they are cooked i.e. fried ingredients can be grilled etc. Even if they are already super healthy, don’t be afraid to swap things you don’t like for things you do!
Healthy Recipe Tip 4 – Be brave!
Now we have a healthy alternative to a recipe that you like, go wild and add any ingredients (healthy ones of course!) that you like and throw them in to the mix. The idea is that you will begin to understand really quickly what works together and what doesn’t.
Experimenting with herbs and spices is a great way to start, perhaps add a few spoonful’s of chilli in to your next casserole and see how it changes the flavour.
Healthy Recipe Tip 5 – Practice makes perfect!
I know that at the beginning of this article I said that you don’t have to suffer years of trial and error to be able to create your recipes. It’s true! However, don’t expect to get it right all of the time. If you follow the tips above, you will make more winners than failures, all you have to do is stay clear on what you and the people that you will be cooking for like and the sky is the limit!