Chicken soup is still the best remedy for a restless soul, much more if it’s homemade. Even with today’s millennial, the rich flavors, enticing aroma, and comforting heat of that coveted bowl of broth are still very much anticipated and appreciated. It’s haven in a bowl. More so, if it was prepared by no less than your loved one. Tell me one person who begs to disagree to this conclusion, and I will present a host of other reasons why meals made at home are still the best, soup or not.
Sure, the idea of dining out at a good restaurant or punching in numbers for food deliveries is convenient. If the ordered food turns great, then all the more it becomes a rewarding experience for you and the family. It’s tempting to buy ready-made food because of time and effort concerns. But little did you know that you’re missing out on something really good and long-lasting for you and your family if you consistently prefer restaurant food over home-cooked.
Eat More, Save More
The number one thing you’re missing out if you opt for restaurant food is potential savings. It’s less expensive to cook your own food, especially with big families. You can buy cheaper vegetables and seek alternative ingredients without sacrificing quality. You even get to have fun in the process and become healthier. If time is of concern, then go for a simple meal or delegate the preparation to somebody else.
Normally, if you dine at restaurants, your food choices will be limited because of budget. By cooking, the savings may even be used to prepare for desserts or for more dishes. Or, for that car you have longed for or trip to Bali next summer. See the many uses your savings from home-cooked meals can get you.
Creativity at Work
Cooking is a creative process. Imagine how creative genius you become when you persistently cook on a daily basis. Seriously, you become extra resourceful with cooking and you also get to experiment. You can mix Asian and Mexican cuisine or you can create an entirely new dish and eventually publish a cook book. You can even play with placemat colors or table centerpieces. Mind you, just thinking about the menu for next week and table appearance can already give your neurons a mental exercise. You may as well try it to believe it.
Cooking Time as Bonding Time
You are missing out on an hour more of quality bonding time if you prefer to eat out in a restaurant. The preparation time can be an avenue for conversations. You can ask about how your loved ones did at work or at school, or you can talk something trivial like the weather and the next-door neighbor.
Well, when you dine in restaurants you also get to converse while waiting for food. But the tone would be of different kind versus when you’re dressed in your house clothes and slicing onions. The atmosphere at home with casseroles boiling is an inviting and warm one that conversations and moods lighten up for some unknown reasons. Have that vibe, cook now.
The Ability to Multitask
Cooking can’t be all that time-consuming. It may require effort, yes, but it sure does give you a host of other benefits in exchange of a few minutes of stirring and slicing for a simple recipe. You can multi-task actually. You can turn on your computer and shoot an email while the beef is softening under low fire. You can dust off furniture, check on your children’s art project while they sit atop the counter, or you can even turn on the washing machine for a quick laundry. It’s all just a matter of knowing which tasks are easy so you can joggle them appropriately.
Cooking is a labor of love, no questions asked. When you cook, you not only nurture the health of your loved ones but also their souls. There’s always refuge in a home where someone cooks. You’ll know it’s an inhabited place because there’s a steam coming off the chimney.
If you eat out at restaurants almost every day, it’s not going to work out fine in the long run. Remember the psychological effects of coming home to a cozy dinner. Even without telling you, your loved ones appreciate you cooking for them. They can taste the effort and love poured into the bowls and plates.
It is pretty obvious that cooking your own meals has more benefits than eating out. Although it is true that eating in a restaurant can be very convenient, the budget factor cannot suffice to this demand for most of the time. Eating out, once in a while is fine but cooking your own food is way more economical. If you’re single, appreciate the art of cooking for oneself. If you have no time or are too tired to cook, change your mindset then. Think of how your dish can help change the world or anything at all just to get you cooking. Don’t forget to find love in cooking.