Starter Pack for the Beginner Cook

Did my last post convince you to start meal planning? Did I ignite a fire in you to get back in the kitchen? Are you brimming with confidence and motivation to cook up your new recipes this week? If so, congratulations!

On the other hand…

If you’re excited, but also somewhat skeptical of your own cooking skills – never fear, we’ve got you covered there, too. Being a new cook in the kitchen can be a fun, yet daunting experience. It’s hard to always feel confident when your foodie friend just “whipped up” yet another gorgeous plate. “It was so easy, all I did was buy 40 ingredients for this one dish and spent all afternoon in the kitchen!” After one too many “Pinterest fails,” burnt popcorn, and Easy Mac microwave explosions (hypothetically, of course), it can be easy to doubt yourself. Luckily, you don’t need to be a “top chef” to cook a nice meal for you and your family.

Anyone can learn to cook. I firmly believe that.

On a personal note, less than 8 years ago, I didn’t even know how to cook chicken in the oven. When it came to group dinners, I was tasked with mincing garlic and onions. That’s it. My more “advanced” chef friends took care of everything else. Flash forward 1 year ahead, and I was spending my summer teaching children ages 8-13 how to cook. (Disclaimer: they might be better garlic mincers than me.) Flash forward again, 3 years later, and I’m leading cooking demos for over a hundred people. I’ve come a long way from mincing garlic and onions.

If you consider yourself to be a novice-level cook, we’ve put together some quick & easy plans to get you started.

Plan 1: Quick & Easy: EatLove Starter Plan from EatLove

Blueberry Smoothie with Almond Butter Toast

Complete with breakfast, lunch, and dinner that the whole family will love. Average hands-on prep time is just 13 minutes! You got this.

Added bonus: You’ll eat over 5 servings of vegetables today.

Plan 2: Quick & Easy Weekday Starter Plan from A Dash of Megnut

One Pot Sweet Potato, Tomato and Kale Rice Skillet

This plan is easy enough to put together during the week. Average hands-on prep time is 20 minutes per recipe. This meal plan has a short grocery list too – only 9 fresh ingredients needed.
Added bonus: Get over six servings of vegetables with this day’s plan. Wowza!


Plan 3: Getting Started: 2 Simple, Low Carb Dinners from Maria Ushakova

Chicken Breast Topped with Spinach and Goat Cheese

If you’re exploring a low carb diet but not sure where to start, these two dinner recipes are both simple and delicious. Average hands-on prep time is just 13 minutes.

Added bonus: You’ll fill up on lean protein with these dinners.

Bottom line

Don’t… lose hope in the kitchen if you’re a new cook.

It gets easier. It even gets fun.

Do… involve the whole family and make it a new experience you can all treasure together. Share the tasks of chopping, sautéing, and plating. Your foodie friends will never know what hit ‘em.

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