basic recipes to start cooking healthier food that’s quick and simple to make
It all starts with the basics. These recipes are the building blocks of a good meal. They allow you to prep in advance and to open the fridge and know what to cook with what’s there. Make any of these recipes and you have a head start on your meal.
One of the main problems I see with people on their cooking journey is they follow recipes.
Recipes are wonderful and hey, my website is FULL OF RECIPES. But here’s the thing, recipes are just one persons interpretation and they’re definitely not the be all and end all. Recently I cleaned out my kitchen cupboards and found 2 baking dishes – you know the old school ones with a Pumpkin Pie recipe on the base? They’re the best. I noticed I had 2 dishes with pumpkin pie recipes that were completely different. The ingredients were different, the ratios were different and the cooking times were different.
So why does this matter?
Let’s say you want to speed up your cooking game and have dinner on the table in 30 minutes rather than 45. What if you just knew some basics that you could throw together that would fill you up (and your family too) and you could remove the effort of following the recipe or someone elses interpretation of how to do things in the kitchen. FREEDOM.
Here’s a list of some basics you can start experimenting with. If you’re a newbie, start slow and tackle the recipes one by one. You may find it takes 2 or 3 goes to nail the recipe, BUT, with each try you’ll learn something new about the process or your kitchen (or maybe your equipment).
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Dressing + Dips
This guide is part of a 6-part cooking 101 series. Check the rest out:
Equipment Guide | Pantry Guide | Seasonal Eating | Get Your Shit Together (recipe book)
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