When I first moved out on my own in my twenties, all I knew how to cook was pasta...no vegetables. No joke...I ate it almost every night!
As I got older I started experimenting. Living in San Francisco opened up my eyes to so many different types of cuisines...living in California opened my eyes to such amazing fresh and local fruit and vegetables. I couldn't not try.
After awhile, I realized that I liked to cook. So I started exploring new ingredients and I tried new recipes. Then over the years I grew a passion for cooking and feeding others...especially with healthy cooking!
No don't get me wrong, there have been a lot of epic fails along the way...like my first dinner party. I had planned this super gourmet saffron scallop dish. Ohh it looked so good in the cookbook. And it looked simple - i mean it was just scallops. Well, I quickly found out that I had no understanding for these ingredients or how to meal prep. After being in the kitchen cooking for hours, I final served the dinner at 11pm. We were ravenous, but excited to finally dig in. From that day forward I vowed to meal prep and plan better!!!
Thankfully, there have also been lots of wins. The biggest, and most profound was just recently when I asked my kids what their favorite thing about me was (...and, yes, I was most definitley fishing for a compliment - as all parents need to do once in a while), to my surprise, they both answered that it was my cooking!!! That is huge since I am constantly add more greens and vegetables to everything they eat!!!
After my 20 year exploratory cooking journey, I have learned lots of lessons along the way as well as gathering some key points. Here are my 17 KEYS TO HEALTHY COOKING.
1. FRESH IS BEST
6. USE A TIMER.
12. MISTAKES ARE OKAY.
Which of these keys do you follow?