The Basics

Sooo maybe you don't LOVE being in the kitchen? Maybe you don't feel passionate about the act of cooking? Or maybe you just don't think you are very good at it? BUT YOU LOVE TO EAT GREAT FOOD! (I mean, don't we all?) & Eating out every night is not only expensive (trust me it adds up quick) but it's also unhealthy. Cooking doesn't have to be hard or stressful & here's the cool thing ANYONE CAN DO IT! Really! EVEN IF YOU THINK YOU'RE SUPER BAD AT IT THAT CAN BE FIXED! HERE I will share my favorite tips for making you the best cook you can be & taking control of what you eat (& making it delish!) 

Have a question, concern or a hurdle you need to overcome to be the chef you were meant to be? Tweet them to me @KarianneJean #ChefKariTips

Cooking Tip #1: The Bored Chef 
If you don't LOVE cooking or just don't really enjoy listening to your own thoughts while your mindlessly chopping veggies then add an entertainment element. 
My personal favorite GO-TO is Netflix on my phone! I prop up my phone on a towel in the kitchen & watch a good show (usually one I've already seen & just love rewatching like Law&OrderSVU or Friday Night Lights) or an all time favorite movie (Legally Blonde, Wedding Planner; you get it lol) It really helps to distract from the monotony of chopping & stirring

Cooking Tip #2: The "I suck at cooking' Chef 
So maybe you struggle to create dishes from your own imagination, NO BIGGIE! There are so many recipes all over the internet (here for example haha) that you can follow EXACTLY & you really can't go wrong! Usually the biggest issue with people that are self proclaimed "bad cooks" is that they tell themselves they are bad cooks & therefore the universe repsonds with whatever they cook taking a wrong turn at some point. It's a self fulfilling profacy AKA STOP TELLING YOURSELF YOU ARE A BAD COOK! cause it's a lie & lying to yourself is just rude lol. 
--Eventually after cooking from a recipe you'll learn what works & what doesn't & you'll be able to get creative THEN. Even if you don't there is no shame in cooking from a recipe! Get it!

Cooking Tip #3: The 'I don't have time' Chef 
I totally get that. Some days you just don't have time! Think about this: The time it takes to drive somewhere, order, get your food, then bring it home (or eat it there) then drive home usually is far more than the time it takes to whip something up in the kitchen. Personally, I have a few go-to FAST dinners that I turn to if there isn't left-overs & I"ll post those recipes here soon. ANOTHER option that I also turn to is when you do have time to cook, make a lot of food. More than you & your family will eat that night so that you have left overs. That way when you get too busy in that week you have food everyone can eat without having to go to the nasty drive through. 
A few things that are still really great a couple days later:
--Burger Pattys (Just throw some toppings on a bun & warm up your patty!)
--Pasta/Speghetti (I love warming pasta up in a skillet on the stove! Sometimes it's even better then it was fresh!) 
--Taco Fills (warm it up in the skillet & throw it in a shell!)
--StirFry/Fried Rice (Throw it on the skillet & it's as good as new!) 

EXTRA QUALITY TIP: When warming up previously cooked food warm it up in a skillet on the stove over the microwave. It is just as fast & it wont loose it's crisp or ultimate flavor. It really doesn't take much longer than the microwave & it tastes 100x better. Trust me! 



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