Grocery shopping and preparing mid-week meals can seem like an arduous and boring task. However, cooking doesn’t need to be a chore. You can easily make spending time in the kitchen more enjoyable. With that in mind, here are four ways to make your cooking more fun.
1. Cook a themed dinner
Cooking a themed dinner is an excellent way to make meals more exciting. Having different themes for each day of the week will also make it easier to come up with meals and stick with a food schedule. For instance, you could have meatless Mondays, taco Tuesdays, wrap Wednesdays, and so on. Themed nights are also a great opportunity to try international cuisine and experiment with new spices and flavors. You can make mealtimes even more fun by dressing up in costumes. Why not wear sombreros to a Mexican-themed dinner? You can search online for ideas of fun themed dinners to try.
2. Find simple recipes online
Getting creative in the kitchen is a great way to experiment with different ingredients and expand your cooking skills. However, there is nothing worse than spending ages preparing a bad-tasting meal. With that in mind, it’s always a good idea to follow a recipe when you are preparing a new dish or cooking with ingredients for the first time. This will ensure that your dish is fail-safe, and you can always customize the meal once you’ve perfected it. During the week, try to choose simple recipes that you can prepare in 30 minutes or less. This will make your cooking more fun, easier, and less of a chore. There is a fantastic variety of one-pot recipes that will make cooking more fun and eliminate piles of dirty dishes.
3. Prepare impressive weekend dishes
It is best to stick with simple, easy-to-prepare meals during the week when you are busy with work and other commitments. However, the weekend is the perfect time to experiment with new recipes and practice your skills in the kitchen. Some impressive weekend dishes to try include seafood paella, Mediterranean rack of lamb, and homemade ravioli. Make a weekend dinner even more memorable with a delicious homemade dessert such as cheesecake or apple pie, this will make your cooking more fun. Focus on the presentation and use decorative tools to make your dishes look even more impressive. For example, you can use coffee stencils to create beautiful patterns on desserts and hot drinks using ice sugar or cocoa.
4. Cook with friends
Make your cooking more fun with social activities that you can do with family and friends. Having someone to chat with while cooking makes the activity less lonely and boring. Getting other people involved in cooking will make the experience more enjoyable and means you’ll spend less time in the kitchen. DIY pizzas and tapas dishes are a great option when cooking with friends as they are fairly simple but encourage everyone to get involved and have fun. Hosting a dinner party with friends is also far more budget-friendly than going out to expensive restaurants.