Updated: Apr 19
At CHEFtorial, it’s no surprise that we love a good home-cooked meal, and we want you to feel the same way. Whether you’re just learning how to cook or already know your way around the kitchen, it can be easy to fall prey to take-out or frozen meals from time to time. But studies show that cooking at home is the best choice for your health, your wallet, your creative muscles and more.
Read on to discover why cooking at home is so great.
1. It’s Healthy
If you’re cooking in your own kitchen, chances are that you don’t have access to a deep fryer. You probably aren’t going to be eating as much processed food either, as you might at a fastfood restaurant. Typically, recipes call for wholesome ingredients, like fresh vegetables, whole grains, clean proteins and so on. You also have the opportunity to plan your meals ensuring they are balanced with all the food groups you should be consuming everyday. Plus, it’s likely you’ll make yourself a smaller portion at home than you would receive at a restaurant or take-out spot. Once we get away from the most convenient option, we become much more intentional about our eating decisions. And this way, you know exactly what’s going into your food.
2. It’s Cost Effective
In 2018, Forbes did a study to find out how much money you can save by cooking at home, and found that it’s “almost five times more expensive to order delivery from a restaurant than it is to cook at home.”
It’s no secret that buying food out canbe expensive, but some people don’t realize how much more expensive it can be. In another example, this article from the Simple Dollar breaks down the relatively cost of a simple breakfast out at a diner for $12, pointing out that it would have cost $2.23 to make that meal at home. Cooking at home allows you to make cost effective choices, like buying in bulk, choosing produce on sale, freezing meat, etc. No matter what your budget is, cooking at home is your cheapest option.
3. It’s Creative
Not everyone gets the chance to flex their creative muscles as much as they should. Long days in an office can leave you uninspired, and evenings spent with kids can be exhausting. But making time to be creative is crucial to your health. Proven to reduce stress and improve brain function, creativity is a vital skill – in fact, LinkedIn calls it the most important skill in the world.
Cooking is an excellent way to practice creativity in your daily life. Whether you are brainstorming what recipe to research or coming up with one on your own, cooking invites you to experiment with a daily necessity of life: food.
4. It’s a Bonding Experience
“You learn a lot about someone when you share a meal together.” – Anthony Bourdain
In cultures all over the world, the experience of the kitchen and the sharing of food are expressions of community. Recipes are passed down through generations like genes. Holidays are celebrated over meals. Food is an expression of love, whether you are cooking for a group of people, or alongside your partner. We believe that cooking food is one of the best bonding experiences there is.
Are you feeling inspired to cook at home yet? Whether you’re looking to budget your food choices better, eat healthier, get creative, or bond with family and friends, CHEFtorial can help. Book yours today!