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Why Home Cooking is Good for the Soul

It’s not always easy to slow life down so you can bring back home cooked meals. With busy schedules and easy access to fast food restaurants, cooking at home is becoming obsolete.

But there are reasons why that should change. Cooking your meals at home has many benefits to you and your family, both physically and mentally. So here are a few reasons why you should reconsider going to the drive-thru start whipping something up in the kitchen.

Build Your Healthy Habits

Developing healthy habits in your life can start at the kitchen. Cooking your meal means you dictate what goes into the pot and how much goes on the plate. Control your portion sizes, put more veggies on the plate and reduce more fattening foods.

But these healthy habits go beyond just what is on the plate. Cooking at home means you’ll have to keep the kitchen clean, during and after you cook. The more you prepare, the more often you’ll be tidying up the house so that you have room to cook and everything is put away afterwards.

Learn What Goes into Your Stomach

Do you ever wonder what is all in that giant bowl of pasta from your favourite restaurant? Well if you make it at home you won’t have to guess.

At home meals mean you are the one in control of what goes in and what gets left out. When you order out, those items may contain ingredients you didn’t even know existed. Instead, create your version with ingredients you know and understand.

Knowing what goes into your food will also build your knowledge of specific ingredients. This is especially important if you develop a food sensitivity or allergy. The more you know how particular ingredients affect your body, the more you can be mindful of what you put in it.

Why Home Cooking is Good for the Soul

Appreciate What You Eat

There is something about a home cooked meal that makes you slow down and appreciate it a little bit more. That’s because of you, or someone close to you, took the time to gather the ingredients, prepare it and serve the food. You want to savour the creation, not devour it in one bite.

It can go even further than just your plate. When making a meal, you’ll have to go out and buy everything needed. You’ll start becoming more aware of where things come from and who is sourcing your ingredients.

Have a Little Fun

Who says cooking can’t be fun? It’s a time to experiment, learn new things and experience new tastes (good or bad). So if you’re whipping out your inner chef, why not dress the part?

Chef Works has a variety of aprons for all age: Not only will they help keep you and your clothes clean, give yourself a little boost of confidence in your cooking skills as you go from go-getter-at-life to chef-extraordinaire.

Enjoy the time in the kitchen. Whether you’re on your own or bonding with family, the benefits of home cooking are endless. The more you do it, the more you’ll appreciate what you are capable of doing and enjoy those occasional moments of when you do go out.

What do you love most about home cooking?

*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 75 comments

  1. Iris Tilley

    Experimenting with spices and those finishing touches plus adding in more of what you like

  2. robin rue

    I love to cook, but I live with picky eaters so I don’t cook as much of a variety as I would like. Home cooked is definitely best!

  3. Alan Moore

    We rarely eat out unless it is an occasion. But, cooking as a family, getting everyone involved has to be a winner here. Rather than one person in the kitchen doing everything, share the experience and everyone learns and as they say, ‘We are what we eat’.
    Happy new year 🙂

  4. valmg @ Mom Knows It All

    I don’t mind having some prepared foods on hand at all, I try to. But I do prefer home cooking simply because it’s fun.

  5. Alli Smith

    While I do like to eat out occasionally, I had rather cook at home. I love to cook and if I eat out too often I start craving home-cooked meals.

  6. Jeanette

    I have always wished I like to cook. It always taste good but I never had the patience to do it. My friend loves to cook so much that is how she de-stresses.

  7. Tomi

    I love spending time with my family. I have so many memories of being in the kitchen with my mom, grandmother and my great grandma and with my children. Our kitchen truly is the heart of our home.

  8. Joanna Bayford

    I don’t enjoying cooking however my husband does and loves experimenting. I definitely enjoy home cooked meals more as I know of the time and effort of went into it.

  9. Marysa

    I am not exactly the best at cooking.. I always seem to be short on time and I am not a fan of the cleanup! But I do love the concept, of learning techniques and having skills in life to cook, healthy eating, and all the other great things that go into creating meals.

  10. candy

    For over 25 years now we have been planting, growing, hunting, raising, harvesting, canning, dehydrating and preserving our own food. Our health and lifestyle is so much better.

  11. Tori

    I follow Slimming World and the emphasis on home cooking there is what attracted me to it. My top tip is to follow the recipe exactly the first time then to add in adaptations etc and annotate the recipe to see what worked and what didn’t.

  12. Starlight and Stories

    I could definitely use an apron, I am far too messy when I cook. Off to check out Chef Works now.

  13. Danielle Fox

    My family watches a few cooking shows together. My kids love to help in the kitchen as we create a new dish! Last night we created a dish of kale gnocchi with tomato, green onion and mushroom! It was killer

  14. Tomi

    With the new year, one of my goals is to make more home cooked meals! I am excited about making the time to plan some meals and get them started!

  15. Leah

    Home cooking is the best , one way to be healthy is preparing for your own meal. It also helps a lot on your weekly food budget. Plus you know its always fresh .

  16. Anosa

    I couldn’t agree more to your summation the last week I have been cooking all my meals and knowing my is going into my food is important

  17. Rebecca Smith

    We love cooking at home – it is so much nicer than eating out or takeaways and you know everything that has gone into it.

  18. Tomi

    It is so true that home cooking is good for the soul, especially as you know what is going into your stomach. It is fun to play with new recipes as well x

  19. Heather

    I love cooking for my family. On New Year’s Day I made a delicious black-eyed pea soup with cornbread. My family gave it a 10! I also love hearing the feedback from my family when I make something they really love!

  20. Pam

    A home cooked meal definitely fills you up in a way that a restaurant meal doesn’t. It’s always so comforting to eat homemade food.

  21. Rosemary Palmer

    I love cooking and lucky my family likes most everything I cook. I experiment with different flavors of oils and spices a lot.

  22. Vicky

    I love experimental cooking and trying new recipes out. I don’t really enjoy cooking that much so doing different things makes it more fun. I usually don’t want to eat what I’ve just cooked though if it’s not a quick recipe as I’ve spent all that time smelling and tasting it 🙁

  23. Sandy N Vyjay

    Cooking itself is therapeutic and a great stress buster. Home cooking is really great for the soul. Home cooked food has an ingredient that outside food can never have and that is the love of a near and dear one.

  24. Ricci

    I LOVE to cook! Even though I’m a single lady I still love to make amazing food and work in my kitchen!

  25. Rhian Westbury

    Me and my boyfriend do quite a lot of home cooking because for me I like knowing that I can control what’s going into my food and can hold back on the bad things like oil and butter x

  26. Christie

    That’s how I was raised! no rice a roni for us or blue box mac and cheese. Oh no. We made it from scratch. Even Chinese food! Yes. I’ve hand rolled eggrolls and made steamed dumplings at home. It taste better and is better for you. Every time I go out, I feel like my tongue has been on a salt lick. Not pleasant.

  27. Dannii

    Starting to cook everything from scratch was the best thing I ever did for my health. At least you know everything that goes in to it then.

  28. Amanda

    I couldn’t agree with this more. Even though I love going out to dinner and having take out once in a while, cooking is pure medicine for my tried soul.

  29. Chubskulit Rose

    95% of the food that my family eats is home cooked. It’s great not only for the health but also for family bonding.

  30. Baby Isabella and dawn

    Cooking at home is always so time consuming for us, especially as we’re not the best in the kitchen, but we can totally see the benefits. I think my mummy would love to whip something up in the kitchen. Practice makes perfect so we’re going to try to do more of it in 2018 x

  31. Nayna Kanabar

    I really enjoy cooking which is why I write a food blog. I always encourage my whole family to cook, not only is it healthy but it ensures you are cooling fresh. Of course having lots of aprons are a must.

  32. Charli

    I love home cooking – its actually my relaxation (most of the time) to come home on an evening and cook something scrummy for dinner!

    C x

  33. Jemma @ Celery and Cupcakes

    Home cooking is definitely good for the soul and so much fun! I love experimenting with new ingredients and flavours 🙂

  34. Linda

    I like home cooking when I have all the ingredients and a simple recipe to follow but the Husband tends to do the more experimental cooking in our house.

  35. beautykinguk

    I openly admit I cannot cook and therefore don’t cook, but I am good at finding recipes I like the look of, usually from Pinterest for Rachel ha ha!

  36. Louise Smith

    I love cooking hearty food from scratch. I don’t think you can beat it! At the moment I’m making lots of stews, casseroles and hashes in my slow cooker. They’re delicious, even if I do say so myself!!

    Louise x

  37. Tanya

    I’m terrible when it comes to home cooking with it either being that I have no time to do or I’m just not that good of a cook. I really want to focus on cooking this year though, I like the idea of knowing exactly what’s in my food and being able to control the portion size more

  38. whatlauraloves

    I love cooking food at home myself because its great to be able to switch off from work and sing along to the radio while i do it! xxx

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