New cooks are often ill prepared to start cooking because they don't have the basic utensils to cook their meals. Here is the top 7 things I use to cook all my meals. Some of these are not mandatory - but they make cooking so much simpler that you don't want to miss them.
#4: Stock up on frozen vegetables
When you start cooking at home, you may not have the time or the skill to cut vegetables (quickly) and this will prevent you from cooking when you come home from a busy day at work or school. You can get around this by stocking up on frozen stir fry vegetables. Now, you should supplement this mix with fresh tomatoes, celery, onion, cucumber, potato (preferably sweet), garlic, lime, and cilantro. Also stock up on seasonal veggies like zucchini to mix things up. (Tomatoes and zucchini can get expensive - best to get them from the farmer's market when they are on sale.)
Yesterday was Amma's birthday and in Lexington, the local satsang wanted to celebrate by serving a meal to the Women's Shelter close by. The meal was a vegetarian pasta dish with a side of a salad, served with bread. Two Ayudh members showed up to help chop vegetables and prepare the meal. After the meal was prepared, they delivered it to the shelter.
Serving others is a great way to develop life skills. The ability to chop vegetables quickly will make cooking vegetarian meals tremendously easy. Ayudh can cook, delicious meals and if you want to learn how to do the same - join Ayudh!
Cooking is a valuable skill and has many benefits but getting started in cooking can be intimidating. Lets do a hangout learning how to chop vegetables. We will cover which knife to buy and what knife skills to practice. We will look at chopping onions, tomatoes, garlic and ginger - the key ingredients to many Indian recipes.
If you are look to get chopping here's a fun video to start with.
We will be making our own video showing how to chop for an Indian meal, and also show videos on how to season food along with quick healthy recipes to take with you where ever you go.
We will also study nutrition because without a strong body it is not possible to serve the world.