Cooking Without Recipes

                Knowing how to cook and create in the kitchen (without spending hours or your whole paycheck) is a huge step towards empowering yourself to live a healthy life. 

Whether you’re looking to transition to a plant-based diet or trying to eat healthier, learning how to cook (without a recipe) is a good place to start.

Despite the overwhelming evidence that the standard American diet is literally killing us, people still have endless reasons about why they don’t eat a healthy diet. Though there are many variations of them, these excuses are usually centered around three issues –

  1. Not having the time.
  2. Not having enough money.
  3. Not enjoying the taste.

Some of these excuses simply don’t have merit. By saving you time and money (while increasing how much you enjoy your food), learning to cook without a recipe helps solve all three of the root excuses as to why you can’t eat healthy.

If you’ve ever felt frustrated that things aren’t going smoothly in the kitchen and like you’re spending too much time making meals, I’m here to tell you that I’ve been there! Like most people, when I began trying to eat healthier, I was relying on recipes for most meals (especially for dinners or entertaining).

Every meal took a few trips to the grocery store, required so many dishes, and took forever. But, I felt like I would end up with an inedible mess if I didn’t consult the recipe every 90 seconds. Relying on the directions so heavily was exhausting and made cooking a chore. Even though I was cooking more and more, I still felt so unsure of myself in the kitchen.

After one too many frustrating 8pm dinners, I stopped searching Pinterest for my meal planning and started with what I knew (the basics..). As I began to gain some confidence at the stove, I started experimenting with my meals. I was the chef and I knew what I liked to eat better than anyone so, why not make it just how I liked it?

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Recipe Resources

Food is so important to me. Cooking for others is one way I show I care. Creating new flavors in the kitchen is one way I express my creativity. Eating healthy, whole, plant-based meals is one way I respect myself and my world.

Because of that, I really leaned into cooking when transitioning to a plant based diet. I found some awesome websites, books, and real kitchen inspirations. Every recipe doesn’t turn out how you envisioned but that’s part of the process. It’s all about learning so just get started.

I’ve included some below for your references. Check them out and get cooking!

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Thug Kitchen

‘eat like you give a f*ck’

I started cooking from this blog well before I transitioned to a plant based diet (I may have been eating chicken when I first tried it..) I was hooked. The recipes are that good. Plus, the hilarious, raunchy language pulls you in.

I have both cookbooks (The Official Cookbook and Party Grub from TK). Both have been well worth the investment. Since I’m always drawing inspiration from TK, its nice to have the books to keep notes and adaptations in.

The Official Cookbook is awesome for beginner cooks or vegans. There’s a whole section on how to stock your pantry, what different cooking terms mean, and more great info. Continue reading