Cooking isn’t nearly as calculated or intimidating as it looks. You don’t need to spend your life savings to attend a fancy french cooking school or be born into a family of chefs to get started. I’m neither of those things and have still managed to build an entire career out of food and cooking. My story starts with a love for clean eating, which you probably share if you’re here in the first place, and a desire to recreate the bright and vibrant food photos in recipe books. I’m self-taught, aside from the little things I remember from the days I spent cooking dinners with my mom.
A lot of people will tell you to be creative and just play around, but the if you’ve never stepped foot in a kitchen before this could a disaster waiting to happen. I recommend you buy a cookbook, The Oh She Glows Cookbook is one of my personal favorites, and use these recipes as a foundation to begin cooking. It might also help to look up some basic recipes on how to cook rice, quinoa, pasta, and tofu/fish/chicken. These are simple go-tos that you can build upon with herbs, spices, and veggies.
3. Experiment in order.
Start off first with a salad, then a soup, and finally with entrees. Salads are pretty easy to begin with since you’re simply chopping vegetables, preparing a dressing, and tossing it all together. Once you’ve mastered that, then you can move on to a simple soup recipe (think Carrot Ginger or Butternut Squash). Next advance to the dishes that require more time and attention to precise flavor like stews and meaty dishes. This Sweet Potato, Lentil, and Coconut Curry is a wonderful recipe to try out.
4. Know that you’ll make mistakes.
Everyone does, even the top chefs of the world! Do you know how many dishes I’ve made for the blog that have completely flopped? Although following a recipe should work there are many instances where the writer didn’t document everything correctly, oven temperatures differ, or measurements aren’t taken accurately. In these cases accept your mistakes (or the writer’s), forgive yourself, and give it another shot.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of GE Appliances. The opinions and text are all mine.