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Cook more frequently

Cook More Frequently


Cooking more frequently can significantly enhance your overall well-being by allowing you to take control of your diet, improve your culinary skills, and save money. It promotes healthier eating habits, as home-cooked meals are often more nutritious and less processed compared to takeout or restaurant food. Additionally, cooking at home can be a creative and therapeutic activity that brings joy and satisfaction.


  1. AllRecipes - A comprehensive website with a wide variety of recipes suited for all skill levels.
  2. America’s Test Kitchen - Features tested and perfected recipes, cooking techniques, and instructional videos.
  3. YouTube - Tasty - Offers easy-to-follow video recipes and cooking hacks.
  4. Epicurious - Provides thousands of professionally tested recipes and meal planning ideas.
  5. The Kitchn - A daily food magazine with kitchen tips, product reviews, and delicious recipes.

Example SMART Goals

  1. Prepare at least four home-cooked dinners each week for the next three months, using a meal planning app to organize shopping lists and recipes.
  2. Learn and master five new cooking techniques (e.g., sautéing, grilling, baking, poaching, and blanching) by dedicating one evening each week to practice a specific technique over the next two months.
  3. Reduce monthly dining expenses by 20% by cooking five out of seven dinners at home each week, tracking expenditures with a budgeting app over the next six months.
  4. Create a weekly meal plan every Sunday afternoon and cook all meals according to the plan, aiming to reduce food waste by 25% within the next three months.
  5. Host a monthly dinner party for friends or family, preparing a three-course meal from scratch, to be completed within the next six months.

Example Habits

  1. Set aside a specific time each week for meal planning and grocery shopping to ensure you have all the ingredients needed for your home-cooked meals.
  2. Batch cook meals on Sundays to have ready-to-eat options during the busy weekdays, reducing the temptation to order takeout.
  3. Keep a well-organized and stocked pantry with basic ingredients to make it easier to prepare meals without frequent trips to the store.
  4. Follow a cooking schedule, such as "Meatless Mondays" or "Taco Tuesdays," to add variety and excitement to your weekly meal plans.
  5. Experiment with one new recipe each week to continually expand your culinary repertoire and keep the cooking process enjoyable and interesting.

Note this information is not a substitute for a professional advice and varies from person to person.