1. Remember there are some benefits to cooking at home (even though many of us miss eating out).
Just remember that you’re saving money, staying healthy by not risking exposure to COVID-19, learning new skills in the kitchen, and flexing your creative muscles.
2. Be prepared.
Pre-wash and pre-cut fruits and vegetables at the beginning of the week. It saves time during weeknights and limits the number of times you need to get out the cutting board and wash dishes.
3. Clean as you go.
While your food is cooking or sauce simmering, start putting dishes in the dishwasher. That way, when you sit down to enjoy your food, you can relax knowing a tower of dishes isn’t waiting for you in the sink.
4. Make enough dinner (double the recipe) for lunch leftovers.
Portion dinner leftovers into food containers as if you were bringing them to the office so you’re not scrambling to figure out and make new lunches everyday.
5. Make what you crave.
If you love pizza, pasta, and tacos, make them. Those kinds of foods are much healthier at home versus as takeout. There’s likely less salt, less oil, less fat, and less calories. Nguyen noted that we shouldn’t be afraid of comfort foods right now; indulging every now and then can prevent binges for greasy takeout later.
6. Make half of your plate fruits and/or vegetables.
Having a balanced dinner is key to boosting your vitamin, mineral, and fiber intake.