Today, many of us working parents have sought out convenience for preparing our meals and farmed out the critical job of safeguarding our family’s nutrition to others. By allowing others to plan and choose what ingredients go into our foods, we lose control over fat and sugar content and even what chemicals are used in the preparation of our meals.
We have paid a big price for the convenience and the cost is our health.
Many of us struggle with the archaic and outdated idea that preparing meals is time consuming, laborious and often confusing.
I used to feel this way too! I grew up with parents who both worked. I saw the frustration and dread on my Mother’s face when it was time to make dinner. She always took on the cooking role, but there was no joy in the meal preparation for her.
When I was in my early 20’s, I had moved out to Los Angeles. At that time, I had quite a few health problems and I began to study macrobiotics. The macrobiotic philosophy believes that the heart of the home is in the kitchen. It is from there that all healing takes place. The kitchen sets the tone and energy for the household.
It is this philosophy that changed how I approach meal planning and cooking.
While studying macrobiotics in L.A., I had a wonderful macrobiotic nutrition mentor who gave cooking classes. She taught us that it was ok to make a mess, burn things, spill things and most importantly, to experiment in the kitchen. She was a “no nonsense” woman who believed that cooking should be pleasurable and felt that the cook’s energy went straight into the food.
Consider this when you walk into the kitchen; the energy you feel while cooking truly radiates into the food. Be happy while you cook and you pass that along to your whole family.
While my techniques and kitchens have changed over the years, I still have that same attitude. I cook with gratitude in my heart knowing that this is my amazing opportunity to heal my family. I don’t overburden myself with complicated recipes and I always try to have fun with it.
Another significant takeaway of my time my cooking mentor was the value of having the right tools to make cooking easy.
Getting a kitchen ready for its optimum use is not a simple task.
When I look around my kitchen, I am in love with all of my gadgets, jars and appliances. I have certain things I use over and over and others that I pull out on a special occasions. It took me years to get my kitchen where it is today. Having tried and tested out so many things, I know now what works for me, and what does not.
Below I have provided you a list of my favorite kitchen gadgets supplies and related. Hopefully what has served me well will provide you with an enhanced kitchen experience. You can use this list as inspiration.
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