Cook Without Recipes in Three Simple Steps

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I used to think the crazy healthy cooking is difficult–that it takes years of training and practice to learn how to make nutritious meals.

Thankfully, I was wrong. I just wish I had known then, what I know now.

Crazy healthy cooking is actually quite simple, once we learn which foods fortify our bodies, and how to maximize their flavor during the cooking process. When we learn to trust our own instincts, and rely on our intuition more than cookbooks, we empower ourselves to create nutritious meals that lead us to a healthier life.

Admittedly, it took me a while to figure this out. I followed other people’s recipes for years, before l realized that I was working harder than necessary, to feed my family healthy meals. I wore myself out, trying to prepare multiple dishes that would all be ready at the same time, running to the grocery store for forgotten items, and beating myself up for not getting things “just right”.

Until one day I realized that my meals didn’t need to be complicated. Simple dishes can actually taste better than complex concoctions. Less really could be more, when it came to cooking delicious, healthy foods.

I started simplifying recipes, and eliminating unnecessary ingredients whenever possible. Instead of trying to follow recipes to a “T”, I explored new, creative ways to bring out the best flavors of fresh, healthy foods. Most of the time, this meant less ingredients, and less cooking time. Cooking became less burdensome, and I actually enjoyed being in the kitchen, for the first time in my life.

I was amazed that, with a little high heat oil, proper cooking utensils, and a few basic spices, I could prepare almost anything to my family’s liking. I spent less time preparing food, and found it easier to time my dishes, so they all came out the oven at the same time.

This blog is all about learning to let go, so we can live well. In my next few posts, I will share tips and stories about how I learned to let go of cooking with recipes, and empowered myself to cook nutritious meals more efficiently and effectively.

Follow along here, and on the Facebook page for My Crazy Healthy Life, as I share techniques and practices that make crazy healthy cooking as simple as 1-2-3.

Crazy Healthy Cooking In Three Simple Steps

1. Learn how to prepare whole foods as close to their natural state as possible, to maximize their flavor and nutrient content.

2. Keep the pantry stocked with good quality essentials.

3. Get comfortable with working with what is available.

Stay tuned for more on each of these topics in the next few weeks, and let me know what questions you have about this series. I appreciate your comments and feedback–thank you for joining me in this crazy healthy life!

Namaste,

Amber

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3 thoughts on “Cook Without Recipes in Three Simple Steps

  1. i can relate, amber. cooking is especially satisfying when i’ve add my own touch to a recipe and it actually works. if it doesn’t work, that’s ok too. cooking is somewhat new to me because i didn’t learn a whole lot from my mom or dad about it. so here’s to joyful discovery in the kitchen with healthy, wholesome foods!

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    • Just saw this, Liz! Sorry for the late reply, and thank you for sharing your thoughts. I love the idea of “joyful discovery”…that’s exactly what it is! Please keep in touch, and let me know when you find new, wonderful ways to cook without recipes.

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  2. i can relate, amber. cooking is especially satisfying when i’ve added my own touch to a recipe and it actually works. if it doesn’t work, that’s ok too. cooking is somewhat new to me because i didn’t learn a whole lot from my mom or dad about it. so here’s to joyful discovery in the kitchen with healthy, wholesome foods!

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