Cooking is not a standalone habit. It comes with dependencies. To be able to cook you need to know what you’ll be making and have the ingredients ready.
And unless you want to eat the same dishes over and over you’ll have to make new recipe finding and new recipe making a part of your life. The goal is to expand your recipe repertoire with more high-fiber healthy recipes that you really like and are really looking forward to eating.
Some example goals you could be adding to your Habit Diary and that are cooking-related are:
- Find a few new recipe on Yummly on Wednesday during lunch break
- Practice a new recipe on Sunday evening
- Grocery-shop on Friday after work
- Meal-plan 3 dinners on Sunday morning after breakfast and an on Wednesday evening after putting kids to bed
- Cook high-fiber meals that produce leftovers for at least one more day on Tuesday evening after getting back home from work and on Friday morning after the kids leave for school.
Finally, here’s a quick tip to follow during your recipe-finding. Look for recipes that allow you to make lots of food so you have leftovers for at least one more day.
Remember, the goal is not to make you a slave to cooking (unless of course you really like it!) The goal is to do the minimum amount of cooking and yet get the best results.
Dishes that mainly need a skillet hardly allow you to make big quantities unless you’re just cooking for yourself. It’s usually dishes made in pots (e.g., stews) or pans (e.g., in the oven) that allow you to make a lot of quantity so you can keep eating for a few days without needing to cook every day.