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:
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.
Chicken and bean enchiladas made with Andrea from 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 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 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!