I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a perfect cook.
I could even go as far to say I’m not a great cook. I was never professionally trained, and I know many of you aren’t either. There is so much pressure out there to be “perfect” in every aspect, especially as a woman. You start comparing yourself with friends or others on social media, in the midst of the “foodie” trend. But I’m here to tell you that it is all right to be an imperfect cook.
It can be intimidating stepping into the kitchen, not knowing what you’re going to make, much less cooking healthy. But being committed to eating and living healthy, with faith in the Lord that He is going to lead you there, is really the first step. You must be willing to start somewhere, knowing and trusting that trial and error is the best teacher when it comes to healthy cooking. Even the culinary trained would say so! Most people aren’t born with a perfect knack for cooking, so go easy on yourself.
When I started cooking healthy foods for myself, I never followed a recipe exactly. I wanted to make everything as simple for myself as I could, so if a recipe called to chop lettuce, I would rip it up instead. If a sauce called for a lot of different ingredients, I would simplify it to what I happened to have in my pantry. There were lots of trials and errors along the way, and I always tried to make it fun for myself. If it wasn’t simple and fun, I would rather someone else (a.k.a. a restaurant) make it.
Here are three tips when it comes to being the ‘Imperfect Cook’
- Keep it simple. This is key when starting out in the kitchen and making your way around cooking healthy. We’ve all been there with trying out the extravagant recipe right before friends or family show up to dine with you. The timing was off, you forgot the salt, burned the appetizer. Reduce the stress and bring back the cooking love with simple additions to your meals. I keep a few staples on hand at all times that I can make with any dish: sea salt, cracked black pepper, garlic powder, onion, olive oil, coconut oil and coconut aminos. These can transform any vegetable or dish instantly.
- Start with foods that you know you like. Now, this is a faithitarian lifestyle resource, so Dunkin’ Donuts isn’t the way to go. But if you know you like sweet potatoes, create a dish around those. If you can’t stand the sight and smell of kale, don’t start with it! Work your way up to those fabulous health food staples by mixing small amounts in with other ingredients you really enjoy.
- Last, but certainly not least: experiment and try new things. Once you have mastered the first two tips, start taking the liberty of trying new things. You can’t know if you don’t like something until you try it (it’s just like your mother said, right?). This might be the perfect time to try sliced zucchini in my Zucchini Lasagna.
The bottom line for being an imperfect cook
If you are committed to cooking healthy; willing to simplify recipes to your comfortability; start with foods that you already enjoy; you can do this!
Living a faith-filled, healthier lifestyle is not about being perfect. It is trusting God that He knew exactly the ingredients to put on this earth that would sustain you. It is about being patient and gracious to yourself as you learn to incorporate more and more healthy cooking into your life. There’s no better time to start being an imperfect cook than right now.
In health & faith,
Christina Grenga is a faith-based Certified Holistic Health Educator who works with Modern Christian women who are ready to quit dieting for good, lose weight naturally, and transform their life. Christina graduated from the world-renowned Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and is a Certified International Health Coach. She uses a Christ centered approach to guide women to create a balanced, thriving life.