Food is a vital component of staying alive. We literally cannot live without it. But outside of its necessity for life, it also offers a wide range of benefits across many aspects of your life that you may or may not have considered, including: work, recreation, health, entertainment, finances, and relationships. Let’s look at a few reasons every Millennial should learn to cook.
Cooking Doesn’t Have to Be a Chore
Let’s be honest for a moment. Some of us haven’t moved past the days of pouring boiling water over a brick of dehydrated noodles and calling it a meal. If that’s still you, it’s time to move along and push your culinary skills to the next level.
That being said, you may be hesitant to try your hand at cooking because it takes too long or you don’t know what you’re doing. Here’s the good news. We have the internet. There are countless blogs, websites and videos detailing quick, inexpensive and easy to cook meals. You don’t have to start out with a five course meal, just get in the kitchen and have some fun. Not only will it likely be much healthier than your brick of noodles a la sodium packet, but you may even begin to enjoy trying new foods and techniques.
Your Stomach and Your Wallet Will Thank You
A lot of people I interact with spend an incredible amount of money eating out each day at work. Beyond the financial impact that can have on your bank account, most fast lunch meals are incredibly unhealthy, so chowing down daily on that may not be the best idea. Learning a few skills in the kitchen allows you to eat healthier, but it also provides one of the most sacred things known to mankind….LEFTOVERS! Think about it. You can go to work with a sad little PB&J every day or spend your hard earned money on a fast food taco, or you can savor your latest kitchen creation while your office mates glance your way with poorly hidden envy. In my personal experience, I’ve easily seen savings when bringing in leftovers for lunch compared to most other food options. I’ve also enjoyed the variety that leftovers provide throughout the week rather than the same sandwich each day.
Cooking Can be Social
Food seems to have an incredible ability to bring people together. I’d even go so far as to call it a cultural phenomenon. Just look at Instagram, Facebook or any social media outlet, and you will find countless pictures of edible delicacies. Millennials seem to place special significance on their meals whether eaten in a restaurant or made at home. Having a group of friends over and using them as guinea pigs for a new set of dishes is a great way to build relationships and entertain your guests. You can even get them involved in the cooking. It might turn into dinner and a show, but that’s part of the experience.
Cooking skills might even help you in the dating scene. There’s nothing more attractive than being wooed by someone who puts in the time and effort to create a set of dishes just for you rather than slapping down a store bought frozen pizza. It can also break the ice and bring up conversation topics and of course plenty of food pics for social media (#foodgoals).
Get to it! Learn to cook!
Now, there are many more benefits that come when you learn to cook, but these are just a few to get you started. There are few things that have such a widespread impact on our work, social and daily lives like food. So what are you waiting for? Get in the kitchen and let the good times roll.
Here’s a great organic spaghetti recipe to start with…because let’s be real, it’s hard to mess up spaghetti.