The more you cook, the more you will cook.
We're travelling by car in New Zealand and staying in hostels most of the time.
As much as I've talked about being an introvert, I've preferred hostels to our Australian campervan experience.
I'd never stayed in hostels before, so its been quite fun doing it with our family of four. We are all having fun having other people to talk to. Our fellow travelers are interesting as are the people managing the hostels.
It really struck me the other day how much people were cooking. Not just throwing sauce on pasta, although that is a good option for a long travel day. They often cook good healthy meals from whatever country they are from. Hardly anyone is American, most often they are German, Dutch, French or from various Asian countries.
I was really impressed!
Individual travelers, pairs, and groups were making nice, healthy meals while far away from home.
A group of French trampers (hikers) made a big meal one night, then used the leftovers to make soup the next night. A small group of adult family members from Malaysia made typical fare from their country using heaps of cruciferous vegetables.
Improving your eating habits happens in stages.
Eating healthier can seem overwhelming.
Cooking food at home is much healthier than eating out and is a great first step.
Food cooked at home tends to have less salt and fat and portions are usually smaller. Even healthy restaurants have bigger portions and more salt.
Cooking once, eating twice is also a timesaver.
Make enough for two meals, or use part of the meal for your next. Cooked veggies can be used in an omelet or burrito the next day. Roasted meats can be used in a soup the next day.
Cooking at home is also a big money savers.
You can even buy higher quality and organic ingredients for less than you would spend in restaurants.
Once you get into the habit of eating at home, menu planning can save you even more time and money.
Some people have a weekly routine, cooking a certain type of food on a particular night of the week. An example would be bigger meal on a Sunday, maybe even doubling the recipe and freezing the extra meal, making a soup on Monday, mexican night on Tuesday, homemade pizza on Wednesday night, etc.
There are also some good meal planning services on the internet. I've used Real Meal Plans in the past. I like them because you can set the number of people you're feeding and your particular dietary requirements, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.
The most impressive was two young french trampers at a hut in the wilderness that had brought their very nice home cooked meal with them for dinner!
How often do you cook? Do you have any tips to make cooking at home easier?
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