What happened to good old cooking?

Team WOWRAL Jun 10, 2016

Lifestyles have changed. And that has an impact on everything.

Families have become nuclear. Everyone is independent and seeking for more. And it is better for everyone. But one thing that should have remained as it was is food. Processed, junk, instant, frozen and what not options have come up that take less time to cook and are very delicious. But what happened to the ingredients? By consuming these we are just depositing two nutrients that we do not even require much- carbohydrates and fats. Late working hours for the couple, stressed out life, work that extends till wee hours of the morning have left us nowhere but to rely on getting the things quickly. Be it food ordering or take away, the mere number of these in any cities should be enough to let us know that how things have changed in just last 5 years or so. If not so, we have cooks who prepare the food for us which we eat later, heating in a microwave.

But does that really help? Does the ‘quick’ bite have the long lasting effect on us that help us build on the strength and stamina? And what about the children? Is it going to do any benefit to them? Point to ponder, right?

Well the solution is simple. We need to go back to the good old school of cooking at home. Remember how you used to usher home after school to the most lovable aromas arising out of your mother’s kitchen? Mouth- watering. They automatically made you hungry and problems such as not eating properly, the kid only wants cookies and chocolates, leaves the food in plate, etc. these never happened. Now you will be wondering easy said than done because nobody has time nowadays to cook an entire meal and be presentable at office. Yes, we agree and that is why we have tracked a few ways that can help. So welcome aboard.

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First and foremost, take and ask for help. Cooking should be teamwork and not an individual task. It should be done with love, positivity and loads of fun. Do not ever do it thinking of as a work to finish off. The outcome is real bad.

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Explain the benefits of fresh, nutritional and balanced food and keep the discussion going the same as you eat dinner on your table every night. This shall help you and your family focus and concentrate on home cooked meals and relate to the nutrition obtained from it. Keep a round of facts about the vegetables and grains involved in making the dinner. That should be fun!

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Kick the processed, junk, instant foods out of your fridge and kitchen. What you keep is what you eat. Ain't it? Keep the freshness in and the stale food out. It is totally worth it.

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Bring back the spices from your granny’s kitchen and use them. There is a reason why we Indians used the spices in our daily food habits and the purpose was purely delicious and medicinal.

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Do not complicate. Keep the menu simple- vegetables, pulses, chapatti and salad. Include rice and yoghurt every now and then. Also keep your fridge loaded with real fruits. Not tetra packed fruit juices.

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Experiment with your cooking. Reach out for recipes from the internet or your family. Remember the joy of cooking with your grandmother and mother? Why not pass on the same to your children? Nothing beats old memories and fundas.

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Plan. Instead of sitting idle and staring at TV or searching the internet, plan the menu and go grocery shopping accordingly. Go to the local fresh markets. You will fall in love with the freshness of the place and the ingredients. Make Sundays more useful by cutting, chopping, placing. Make sure you involve your entire family in this.

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Make the whole process a routine. Easier to follow and keep it compatible, not over the top menu.

This might take a few days initially, but once the habit kicks in, you will become a devotee of the aromatic, strength providing, delectable and nourishment providing food. You will observe a change in your moods, your lethargy will be gone and you will feel more energetic.

So, it is time we bid goodbye to the unhealthy oily, greasy, stored and frozen food providers.

Take a pledge. Don't order. Cook!

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