4 Tips for Staying Inspired in the Kitchen


4 Tips for Staying Inspired in the Kitchen


 

My Journey for Kitchen Inspiration

 

I don’t believe that every meal you make has to be 5 stars. Don’t be overwhelmed, try a few new things and implement them one at a time until you’re feeling comfortable. Here are some simple tips I’ve picked up over the years that helped me stay inspired in the kitchen.

I used to consider Oreo cookies and ramen noodles to be kitchen staples. It wasn’t until 2012 that I decided to change my diet and essentially, my lifestyle, to focus on more wholesome, real foods. For about a year, I followed a fairly strict Paleo Diet which eliminates all grains, dairy, sugar, legumes, and alcohol. During this time, I stuck mostly to simple dishes I could easily whip up in the kitchen. However, I found myself eating the same foods every day. That got boring very quickly.

 

I found inspiration by spending more time in the kitchen trying out different recipes every week. I also watched hours of cooking shows on television and with lots of trial and error, I was learning how to become a better cook. Tackling a creative recipe didn’t intimidate me anymore. I gained the confidence I needed to start cooking all the time and I even developed many of my own recipes!

4 Tips to Stay Inspired in the Kitchen

 

  1. Try new foods. Don’t be afraid to try the local ethnic food place down the street. Write a “bucket list” of all the foods you’ve wanted to try and start “checking-in” to those restaurants you have bookmarked. That goat curry your co-worker was raving about sounds weird to you, but don’t knock it till you try it! Tasting a variety of flavors and textures will open your world up to new possibilities in the kitchen. Plus, you’ll start to learn what sorts of flavors pair well with each other!

 

  1. Spend time cooking with friends and family. Get together with friends and family to prepare and share meals with each other. Have fun in the kitchen.

 

  1. Use lots of spices and herbs. While salt and pepper are great seasonings, adding a little spice or fresh/dried herbs to a dish can really make it pop!

 

  1. Invest in a good quality knife. Skip the knife sets and just invest in 1 or 2 good quality knives. Also, learn how to take care of them as well (i.e., honing, proper storage, and sharpening). A good sharp knife should be able to cut through a tomato with ease. Though, knife handling skills often have steep learning curves (trust me, one of my thumbs may be smaller than the other), it is still a skill that will get better with practice. Once you start to get comfortable with it, you’ll be chopping onions like an iron chef. You’ll be a culinary ninja in no time.

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