I love to cook and always like to make sure that my family has a healthy meal to tuck into at teatime. Of course, being a mum means that life is hectic and often, I end up serving the same meals again and again. There’s nothing wrong with this, as long as they’re healthy and packed full of all the essential nutrients my family needs.
However, serving the same food, again and again, can start to get a little boring. Plus, studies have shown that kids who are brought up in homes where the food choices are varied are more likely to have better appetites. I’m not saying that every night you should be cooking something new, but it could be good to mix things up once in a while.
For all the best tips and tricks for mixing up the food that you serve your family, have a read of this:
Try a new diet type
You may remember that recently I tried the 30-day vegan challenge. It was this that gave me the opportunity to try out lots of different foods that normally, I would never have eaten. If you want to mix up the types of meals you make for your family, trying out a new diet is a great option. For instance, vegan cooking is fun, easy to do, and most important, the meals are family-friendly. As well as learning to make various cakes and snacks that were vegan, I also got to try out lots of new recipes. Some of which my family love and still eat, others that we weren’t too keen on.
Attend a course
How about attending a cooking course? There are some fantastic courses out there that will give you an idea of new meals to try out and the best ways to cook them. There are even some restaurants, like L’anima, that offer specialist cooking courses with their chefs. These are great if you want to enhance your skills and learn to cook like a pro. You can even find courses that specialise in certain types of cuisine, such as Italian cooking.
Look for inspiration online
If you’re stuck for ideas for new recipes to try out, why not have a look online? Believe it or not, there is so much cooking inspiration online, including on Pinterest. (This is the most amazing resource for finding new recipes, by the way!) If there’s a certain type of food that you want to try cooking, such as risotto, for example, all you have to do is Google it and lots of recipes will come up. The great thing about the internet is that there are plenty of recipes that you would never even have thought of on there. So when it comes to the types of dishes you try, the sky’s the limit.
So there you have it, some of the best ways to make your family meals a little more adventurous. There’s nothing wrong with serving the same meals again and again, but sometimes, it’s nice to mix things up and try something new.
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