Embrace Your Cooking Personality
Embrace Your Cooking Personality

You don't have to be a gourmet chef to prepare delicious, healthy meals at home. Doing any amount of cooking at home is the first step to healthy eating, and knowing your cooking style will make it that much easier.

food personality quizCooking for yourself and your family allows you to have control over the ingredients, which means you know what is going into each dish and what you're eating. It also gives you an opportunity to increase the nutritious ingredients like vegetables, low-fat milk and dairy foods, lean meats, healthy fats and whole grains and decrease the less healthful ingredients.

The food you have on hand and the amount of time you have to prepare meals are key factors in what you will prepare and eat. These tips can help you determine what kind of cook you are and how to maximize your potential to feed yourself and your family.

First, buy nutritious foods! It sounds obvious but this is an easily overlooked step to healthy living. Keep it simple by selecting nutritious foods like milk, yogurt, oranges, apples, bananas, peas, carrots, potatoes, oatmeal, whole-grain breads and cereals, lean meats, beans, chicken and fish (and yes, a can of tuna or salmon counts). With a few herbs and spices many healthy meals can be prepared with these basic and economical ingredients. Don't like chopping? Grocery stores offer a variety of pre-cut fruits and vegetables to make whipping up dinner a snap. Don't let a dislike of food preparation keep you out of the kitchen.

Second, don’t put too much pressure on yourself. If you don’t have time to prepare elaborate meals every day think of strategies for doing what you can with the time (and resources) you have. If you have more time on the weekend, try to prepare big batches of food then, like soups and casseroles. Paired with a salad, these can make quick, easy dinners for several nights during the week. Vegetables can also be washed and chopped on the weekend and added to quick dishes like stir-fries with rice or mixed into pasta. Cooking extra meat on the grill over the weekend and using it in stir-fries or quesadillas is another great way to save time on weekday meals.

Cooking can be a rewarding activity. You can either enjoy finding ways to make it quick, painless and efficient or spend a little more time on it and learn to express your creativity through the food you serve at the dinner table. Either way works!  

Learn your Food Personality and find recipes that will keep you away from the take-out menu drawer and get your family the nutritious meals they deserve.

Positive Approach

Do you know what foods you should be eating? Start with the Healthy Eating Planner to make a plan for eating a variety of nutrient-rich foods.