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Finding Balance at Home With a Personal Chef

Balancing the task of cooking for your family daily with all your other duties as a mom can be a challenge. From the time spent cooking each day to the energy expended trying to plan meals, it can feel more and more like a dreaded chore. But with a little help, you can find a balance between everything and cooking. If you often find yourself feeling exhausted from cooking every day and need help finding balance in your busy life, consider a personal chef to cook a few meals weekly for your family.

Find more time

Cooking three healthy and tasty meals every day for your family takes time. How many hours a week do you spend preparing ingredients before you even begin to cook them? How long do you take to plan out the meals for your week before you hunt down the best deals at the grocery store? According to a study conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics on American time use, “moms spend an average of 68 minutes per day on meal preparation”. That’s almost eight hours every week. Eight hours you could be saving with a personal chef.

There are so many things you are doing every day as a mom. You can be using the time you spend cooking to spend time with your children, your significant other, or yourself. You deserve some downtime to do something you like. You don’t have to completely hand off the task of cooking for your family to a personal chef, but letting them prepare a few meals for you would give you back time. Finding balance with time can be difficult, but it’s not impossible.

Provide nutritious meals

When hiring a personal chef, you can discuss the meals you would like prepared for your family. You can make sure your personal chef cooks meals that have enough servings from each of the food groups for your family. While you’re getting the convenience of ready-made meals, you’re still getting home-cooked meals prepared in your kitchen. Your personal chef will only be using high-quality ingredients to make a healthy meal that will help your little ones get the nutrition they need to grow strong.

If your family has any allergies or dietary restrictions, a personal chef can accommodate that. They will be cooking in your kitchen, so you don’t have to worry about any cross-contamination or cross-contact. If getting takeout is difficult for you due to dietary restrictions, a personal chef is a perfect choice for you. You’ll get restaurant-quality meals prepared with ingredients you know will be safe in your family. It’s one less thing to worry about every day.

Save yourself energy

As a mom, there are a million things to do all the time. Between running around the house, watching over your kids, and cooking three meals, you probably find yourself exhausted at the end of each day. Maybe you want to have more energy to do something for yourself. Too tired to get to a project like organizing your house? Allowing a personal chef to take on cooking enables you to use the energy you had to do what you want. A personal chef is that they clean your kitchen after cooking, leaving it how they found it. Don’t waste your energy scrubbing at hard to remove food left on a casserole dish after eating. Your personal chef will have already done it for you.

It’s not easy finding balance in your life as a mom. However, with the help of a personal chef, you can save time and energy from cooking while still keeping your family happy and fed. You can make time for yourself and allow yourself to recharge every day. And if you love cooking, you don’t have to have a personal chef cook every meal. Find a balance here, so you can find joy in cooking without seeing it as a chore.

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8 Sources of Inspiration to Rekindle Your Love of Food

With closures and social distancing in place, many people have found themselves regularly cooking at home. To reduce contact with others, you probably have started cooking more for yourself and whoever you live with. Maybe you saw this as a challenge, an opportunity to better your culinary skills. Still, after a few months, cooking may have become a mundane and repetitive chore. So, if you are tired of cooking, here are eight sources of inspiration that will rekindle your love of food.

Try kitchen hacks

Have you seen cooking hacks go viral? While some of these don’t work in real life, some are super useful. The hacks that do work will cut time during your preparation or make cooking a favorite dish easier. Research viral kitchen hacks to see which ones people have already tested. When you find one that works for you, try it in the kitchen and see if it makes your life easier. Ever tried to peel a tomato? Check out this video of 50 people trying to peel a tomato and fast forward to an instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education peeling it the right way. Doesn’t it make life easier?

Find a cooking inspiration with social media

Celebrity chefs (like Jet Tila) post their culinary creations on social media like Instagram. From elaborate dishes to simple home meals, you can find anything to inspire you in cooking. Find a celebrity chef and try to learn the recipes they showcase or try to pick up new skills from their tips. If you have someone to look up to, you’ll have the inspiration to continue learning culinary skills to better your cooking. Maybe you’ll want to start posting your creations to inspire others, too.

Set cooking inspiration goals

If your unsatisfied cooking just to get a quick meal, set goals to improve your cooking skills. If you want to learn a certain number of dishes, or practice a complicated cooking technique, set a goal. Make a list of things you want to accomplish and get yourself motivated to cook with an intent to improve. If you have a friend with a dietary restriction, like vegetarianism, practice cooking for them. Try plant-based cooking and find dishes to serve at a dinner with your friend. Give yourself something to work towards instead of just cooking to eat.

Cook for nearby friends

Bored of cooking just for yourself, or just for your household? If you tend to cook more than you can eat in one meal, you can share it with your friends. If you do a quick drop off, you can get honest and objective feedback on your cooking and you get the personal satisfaction of sharing with others. You can video chat with your friends after and share a meal comfortably and safely. If you start cooking for others, you’ll be more motivated to try new, healthy dishes to give your friends.

Video chat with other home cooks

Have friends who like to cook? Start a virtual party and video chat while cooking with them. You can cook the same recipe and go through the steps together. It’s a fun and safe way to cook with friends, and it’s easy, too. When you’re all done, you can compare what you’ve made and eat together. It’s perfect for social distancing and catching up with friends who don’t live nearby. 

Start an herb garden 

Plant a few different herbs: cilantro, parsley, rosemary, or whatever you use most in cooking. It’s more fun to cook something with something you’ve taken care of and grown at home. Plus, if you keep your garden alive, you won’t have to buy those herbs from the store again. You’ll have fresh herbs to cook fresh, or dry and store them for future use. Just make sure you do some research on your selected herbs to keep your plants alive and your herb supply endless.

Hire a personal chef for cooking inspiration

If you’ve been cooking three meals a day, seven days a week, for yourself and your household, you probably want a break. Hiring a personal chef for daily meals can lift the burden of cooking, allowing you to recharge and regain your love of food. You can cut down to cooking only a few times a week, so you can have dedicated time to enjoy cooking. Or, you can host a small dinner party and have your personal chef cook it. Having a professional chef cook for you will help you find cooking inspiration.

Explore a new cuisine

Have a cuisine you love to eat but have never tried cooking before? Maybe there are some spices you’ve never worked with previously, like star anise or turmeric. Find a recipe from a new cuisine and try your hand at cooking with different ingredients. Make a new challenge for yourself and travel the world through cooking. If you have a friend who is familiar with a cuisine you haven’t tried, ask them for recipes and tips on getting started.

Cooking is fun and immensely rewarding when you get a tasty meal. It should be enjoyable, not like a chore. Rekindle your love of cooking, and keep making delicious food for yourself and others.