Not your random takeaway: How to cook when you can’t cook?

Stuffed kitchen, takeaways, supermarket meal deals and housemates burning things on a daily basis – is this everything you can do with your food if you’ve never learned how to cook for yourself? It’s not difficult at all. We want to show you how to learn to cook, so we’ve got a few tips for making your cooking not only edible, but also quick to prepare and tasty!

how to learn to cook

A problem I endured when moving out of my family home last year was realising I didn’t have my mum to cook for me anymore and that I would have to learn to fend for myself. Now, I knew I was definitely not up for copious amounts of takeaways, junk food and £1 meal deals. I enjoy eating good, healthy food that doesn’t make you feel tired and sluggish (although one time I did eat 40 mini-donuts for my lunch which to this day I still don’t regret). However, at the same time, the downside of eating and preparing food that isn’t ‘fast’ is that… it isn’t fast. Yet, my lazy cooking nature combined with the “wanting-food-instantly” self has effectively solved this issue. Here are a few tips for those of you who never really took to cooking either!

Veggie takeover

I now eat more of a veggie diet. I do love meat, but I almost always forget to get it out of the freezer. That’s why I have (sort of) adapted to eating mostly veggie dinners, which I have found easier and quicker to conjure up. An example of a dish I regularly eat is roasted veggies with goats cheese- yum! It’s literally so quick and simple: all you need is a selection of veggies – I like carrots, sweet potato, courgette, peppers and onion. Roast them in a pan with oil until they’re squidgy, then pop some warm goats cheese on top and voila! A yummy dinner ready, hands-off, without much hassle.

A bit of this and a bit of that

Many times when I get back from work, I am tired and don’t really want to be cooking for long. I look in the fridge and in the cupboard and there’s nothing of a “solid recipe” I can make. What to do? Make your own custom recipe. Obviously, don’t go crazy because chances are whatever you’re making will taste rubbish. Think about what you have and what may be nice together. For example: if you have a leftover can of tuna, it would be nice mashed in your roasted sweet potato? I think everyone has had a run in with this ‘cooking method’ before.

Make it spicy!

I have found spices a life saver sometimes. Many of my *ahem* creations have disappointingly come out rather bland until you experiment with salt and pepper, mixed spice, chilli powder and oregano. Spices can really transform food and enhance what you’re trying to create flavour-wise. But don’t over-season your dish, as all you will taste is the equivalent of sea water. Yuck.

Make a batch

My final tip is to make a massive batch of something! Granted, this can happen by accident, as pasta is really hard to measure for one serving. If you make a batch, then you have food for the next day (obviously) but it means you don’t need to cook as much! This saves you more time and money, since you’re not buying new ingredients. And you’re giving purpose to 200 pieces of pasta that turn out to be too much for your one serving.

Hungry? Get cooking, and when you do, share your tips and magnificent dishes with us – tweet us @besidemag or tag us on Instagram: @beside_mag!

 

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