5 Reasons You Should Cook With Friends

It kind of feels strange to not be posting a recipe for once… but inspiration hit me, so I’m running with it. But it’s still about cooking because I’m not really much of an expert on anything else. Except for salamanders… let’s just say I was a dorky child.

Anyways today I want to chat about cooking with friends. A few years ago my default for hanging out with friends was to go out for a meal. But that gets expensive real fast. Also, sushi stops being healthy when you start going out for all-you-can-eat three times a week. True story.

So then I started to cook with friends at home instead. And while we sometimes had flops (one particular porridgey amaranth pilaf comes to mind), those times are now some of my most cherished memories.

So if you tend to be more of a solo cook like I used to be, take a peak at these 5 reasons you should cook with friends too:

In a cooking rut? Check out my 5 reasons you should cook with friends!

1. Cooking is more fun with another person

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying cooking alone can’t be a good time. But while cooking alone is more relaxing, cooking with a friend can be fun! Break out your favourite bottle of wine, crank up those tunes, and bust out your best Spice Girls impression while singing into a spoon. It’s a lot less weird when you’re doing it with someone.

Enchiladas

Chicken and bean enchiladas made with Andrea fromĀ Dietetic Directions

2. Cooking with friends can save money

Have you ever spent $3 on a bunch of herbs only to to fish it out of your vegetable bin 2 weeks later and throw it in the trash? Or bought a special kind of vinegar for one single recipe and never used it again? Cooking with friends means you can divvy up the ingredients and split the cost of them.

Also, cooking in is usually much cheaper than eating out, especially when you factor in point #5!

3. It can make you a better cook

It can be hard to find the motivation to spend a lot of time preparing meals when you’re just cooking for yourself and/or your family. Cooking sessions with friends are a great time to bust out a more complicated dish that you’ve maybe been intimidated by, like pasta from scratch. In this way, cooking sessions with friends can definitely help you become a better cook over time!

Tofu sofritas

Tofu sofritas bowls made with two of my other dietitian friends

4. It splits up the work

Who here hates prep work like chopping vegetables for a recipe? *raises hand* Cooking with a friend means you can split that tedious part of cooking so that you can get to the good stuff (ie. eating) faster!

5. You can make enough food for leftovers

Since there’s two (or more) of you cooking, it’s way easier to make meals in bulk so that you can each go home with some ready made lunches or dinners for the week. Double or triple the recipe, and make sure everyone brings their own containers to take some of the meal home!

Freekeh pancake with egg

Freekeh pancakes with Swiss chard and crispy eggs made with Andrea again!

Convinced to start cooking with friends? Check out my past post about 5 tips for starting a supper club with friends!

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  1. Danielle @ Wild Coast Tales

    Love all these reasons! It’s definitely more fun, especially when you’re used to cooking just for yourself. Some friends and I are trying to start up a monthly cooking club!

  2. This is such a fun post, Chelsea and I completely share your sentiments. Although the cost savings are definitely worth mentioning, I find the whole experience of choosing what to make, shopping for ingredients plus all the fun in the kitchen so much more enjoyable then going to a restaurant. Sure it can be more luxurious to have someone cook for you but like you said, the memories when you cook together stay forever. Also it can definitely make you a better cook in that you never know what cooking tips you may pick up from your friend(s). If only we lived nearer and could cook together ;)!

    • Chelsea

      If only! ;) But sometimes just reading your blog makes me feel like I’m in your kitchen, so I guess it’s almost like we’re cooking together!

  3. I love the concept of this post and the reasons behind each point. So, how about you come to Cleveland and we can make some pasta from scratch. It’s been on my bucket list for forever. Clearly, I need a buddy.

  4. This is a great idea! I’ve never really thought of cooking with friends before. I think just the mere thought that this is very different (at least for most people) will make it a hit with my girlfriends, and maybe even guy friends! Thanks for sharing this. I will definitely bring this up at our next get-together. :)

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