- Cooking for yourself will save you lots of money.
- Freeze leftovers to save on waste.
- Get meal inspiration from social media, friends and family.
Busy lifestyles and the rise of food delivery companies and takeaway apps has meant that cooking for yourself has become less of a priority. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a lot of these services being postponed in order to reduce the spread of the illness. For those who rarely cook, this may leave you feeling unsure about where to begin when making meals for yourself. For those who are a bit more familiar with the kitchen, you might be bored of making the same meals. Need some guidance? Find out how to cook for yourself in self-isolation with the tips below:
Blogs and YouTube Videos
These days, you no longer need a shelf full of recipe books to help you cook delicious meals. The Internet is awash with step-by-step instructions on how to make simple dishes to more impressive feasts.
If you have a meal in mind, a quick Internet search will take you to a whole host of blogs detailing with just how to make it. No matter what your dietary requirements or cuisine preference, there will be a blog that has a recipe for it. Many blog posts also give cooking pointers and some provide the nutritional information per serving. From recipes that you can make on a budget to more advanced dishes (that you can show off to your friends over Zoom), there is something for everyone during this period of self-isolation. If you find something you really like, you can print it off and make your own personalized recipe book.
If you are not a fan of following written instructions, YouTube videos will make cooking ten times easier. You will get shown every step of the way, andyou will not have to muddle through an unclear method, which can sometimes be the case with written blogs. Cooking videos are more interactive, so they are great for those who are self-isolating alone. Whether you are a complete novice or more of a seasoned cook, there are a plethora of "how-to" videos on YouTube to help you learn new cooking skills.
One-pot recipes are by far the easiest way to cook for yourself during self-isolation. It could not be simpler: throw ingredients into a pan, or crockpot if you have one, and let it cook. No effort is required apart from preparing the ingredients and stirring occasionally. Plus, there is minimal cleaning afterward. The majority of recipes require staple ingredients that you are likely to have in your kitchen – no need to brave going to the store. Although one-pot recipes are usually associated with winter comfort food, there are many recipes that are great for the warmer spring and summer months.
Try Something New
Self-isolation can be dull, especially if you are cooking the same meals. So why not try something new? This can be as simple as incorporating a vegetable or seasoning that you have never used before. Pick something up from the store or see what is hiding at the back of your pantry. Try out a new dish, cuisine, or ask your friends and family for their recommendations. Have a go at baking your own bread or get creative with your own concoctions. Throw things together and see what tastes good.
If you already have the basics of cooking down, you might find that your meals can become quite unimaginative in self-isolation. Check out cooking shows to add some spark back into the kitchen. The Food Network TV channel has a number of chef-presented shows that will give ideas on how to change up your home-cooked meals. Check out the Food Network website for recipes; the filter by ingredient option will leave you spoiled for choice. They also have a number of cheap and healthy dinners that are great if you are on a budget.
If you do not know how to cook, self-isolation is a great time to learn. You do not even need to leave your house to do it! Enroll in an online cooking class if you have some money to spare. You can learn from the very best with Masterclass, famous chef Gordon Ramsay will teach you everything you need to know from knife skills to filleting fish. Udemy is another great place to start. This website has over 200 videos; a large portion of the classes are dedicated to absolute beginners. Join today, and you will be a pro in no time.