We reckon that your New Year’s resolution revolves around a healthier lifestyle. Whether your goal for the year is losing weight, lowering your cholesterol, building more energy or just improving your health, it all comes down to what you eat. If most of your meals come from Uber Eats or Swiggy, chances are you don’t really know what goes in your food. Then there’s also that much researched fact that eating out more often can have several ill-effects. Clearly, there’s only one solution to it all—cook at home!

Why you should cook at home?

To begin with, anything you cook in your own kitchen is going to be much healthier than ordering the same food from a restaurant, even it is the cheesiest pizza you make. When you cook your own meals in your kitchen, you know exactly what goes into them. You can use fresher ingredients and lesser oil, add better substitutes and make use of healthier cooking techniques to make a meal work for you.  Could you ever trust a restaurant to customise a dish to adhere to your dietary requirements the way you can do it yourself? We think not! When you cook at home, you also save a lot of money. Buying food ingredients and investing in some essential home appliances is less expensive than eating every other meal out. You also eat more whole foods and less packaged foods, which is not only good for your body but also for the environment. If these benefits haven't inspired you to cook yet, here’s one more that claims that cooking is associated with longevity. A Taiwanese and Australian study attributed this not only to the fact that you’ll be consuming more nutrients but also to the entire activity of cooking, planning, shopping and the physical and mental requirements along with the whole act of eating a meal together with others.

Cooking resolutions for the new year

To make cooking simpler and improve your kitchen skills, here are a few resolutions you can take up this year.

Master a few easy everyday recipes

Like most things that you do on an everyday basis, cooking will get easier with practice. Master a few simple, yet healthy, recipes that you can cook every other day to begin with. You can try these microwave recipes to start off.

Cook larger quantities

Cooking twice a day might not be convenient, especially for those who work. So cook once a day or every couple of days, but make food in larger quantities. You can cook dinner and eat the same thing for lunch the next day. Today’s chicken roast can be tomorrow’s sandwich filling.

Invest in some useful kitchen gear

Cooking can get simpler if you have some handy kitchen appliances around. No need to torture yourself chopping and mincing food, just invest in a food chopper, food processor or a mixer grinder. You can also use an electric cooker to reduce your active cook time. Just throw in all your ingredients, set the time and this appliance will take care of it. If healthy eating is the goal, then consider buying an air fryer. You can use this appliance to fry foods with very little or no oil at all. This automatic machine will also cut down on the effort you’d otherwise need to put in. Also Read: 7 Appliances for the Ones Too Lazy to Cook

Experiment in the kitchen over the weekend

It’s a satisfying feeling to know that you’ve mastered a new dish. What is your favourite food when you eat out? You can give it a shot this weekend. Whether you succeed or not, you’ll learn and make it better next time. This will also give you a chance to get more familiar with different ingredients and cooking techniques. Will you be taking up these cooking resolutions this year? You might as well, if the ultimate goal is to get healthier. Also Read: #NowAndWow: The Most Comfortable Kurta Style You Need In Your Wardrobe Cover Image Courtesy: Shutterstock.com

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