Homemade: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Cooking Your Own Meals

Homemade: 5 Reasons Why You Should Be Cooking Your Own Meals

With the number of quick options available to us when it comes to the meals we eat, it becomes increasingly rare for people to spend time in their own kitchens preparing their own meals from scratch. We have fallen victim to the mentality that cooking at home is just one more hassle we don’t need in our already busy schedules. The reality, though, is that cooking at home is important for many reasons. Moreover, it’s a lot more practical than we have come to think it is.


Read on to see some of the top reasons why you need to make time for cooking, from your health to your social ties.




Do it for your health.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of taking the time to cook your meals from scratch at home is that you have full knowledge and control over every single ingredient that goes into each dish. This kind of power over what goes into the food you eat means that you can commit to using only the freshest ingredients and preparing only nutritious options. This is crucial, since nutrition is something you can’t always be sure of when eating meals prepared outside of your own kitchen, many of which can be high in calories, sugar, salt, and artificial preservatives.


Do it to save time.
The notion that cooking is overly time-consuming is a myth. In fact, many of the common alternatives to home-cooked meals, such as eating out, can end up taking way more time than preparing a meal at home. With home cooking, if you’re pressed for time, it’s so easy to pick a simple, quick meal that you can whip up in no time. Better yet, try to prepare some of your meals for the week beforehand when you have time over the weekend and place them in the fridge for later.


Do it for your wallet.
When it comes to making the economical choice, cooking at home is the best you can make. Eating out or ordering in adds up, between the food itself, tips, delivery charges, delivery minimums, etc. When you prepare your meals at home using raw ingredients, you can budget ahead of time and you end up paying significantly less per serving of every meal than you would constantly eating out or buying precooked meals from your supermarket. There’s also the added benefit of being able to take any leftovers from the meals you make to work with you for lunch, which can reduce the amount you spend on eating out during your lunch breaks.




Do it to bring your family together.

During the day, everybody in your family is probably off doing something different. Unfortunately, packed schedules usually mean that the families don’t get to spend quite as much time together as they may have done in the past. Cooking can play a major role in strengthening familial and other social ties, and it provides an opportunity to bring everyone together in the kitchen. Moreover, preparing meals together at home can make it more likely to share meals together at the table.


Do it to get creative.

Cooking is a kind of art form, and when you make the effort to cook more often, it becomes about a lot more than just making food. As a beginner, you may feel tempted to stick to recipes and cookbooks, which is perfectly normal. However, as you get more comfortable in the kitchen, you’ll come to realize all of the ways in which you can experiment with flavors and play around with different ingredients to create meals with your own unique spin on them. This ability to get creative in the kitchen can transform cooking into less of a chore and more of a hobby and can make you look forward to the time you get to spend preparing your own meals.


How often do you prepare your own meals at home? Share with us below or tweet me @tamarahoumi

Tamara Rahoumi

Tamara Rahoumi is a third-culture kid of Egyptian descent who was born and raised in New Jersey. She loves experiencing new things, and is in a constant state of wanderlust. She has spent a year studying in Switzerland and another teaching in Albania. Tamara graduated from Rutgers University, where she studied political science and cultural anthropology. She reports on a variety of stories for MUIPR. Follow Tamara on twitter @tamarahoumi.

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