Building Your Cooking Confidence…New Recipe of the Week

One secret to eating healthily is finding delicious and nutritious recipes that are easy to make. I have been amazed by the sheer diversity of flavor that you can find in recipes, none of which have to be complicated or time-consuming. Cooking can seem intimidating but it doesn’t have to be! With time and practice, we can build our confidence in the kitchen and boost cooking skills to a new level.

Trying at least one new recipe each week is my latest goal towards eating healthily. Experimenting with new recipes is a great way to build your cooking confidence and has multiple benefits:

  • Improved cooking skills: My former roommates still tease me to this day about the ‘delicacies’ I used to prepare during our university days, namely, rice with ketchup. I really had very few cooking skills! The only way to improve was for me to roll up my sleeves, be willing to experiment and launch myself into the kitchen. Before long, I fell in love with cooking. Food is a great way to connect with people. It breaks down barriers and provides endless topics of conversation! Take your cooking one step further by learning one new recipe each week.
  • Increased confidence in hosting guests: I remember when my husband and I got married and I was nervous about having our first couple over for supper. I realized that I needed to build my confidence in the kitchen. The only way to do that was to practice! Fortunately my husband was willing to eat just about anything and was very patient as I found my way in the kitchen. The more I cooked, the more confident I felt and it wasn’t long before having a group of 30 people over to our house didn’t phase me. Keep trying something new in the kitchen. Even if it fails, you can always try again!
  • A wider variety of nutrients: I cringe when I think about how I used to eat in the past. I can remember a phase when vegetables were optional. I knew they were important but somehow I just didn’t know what to do with them. By trying a new recipe every week, this will provide the opportunity to try a wider variety of foods (vegetables included!) with a greater selection of healthy nutrients.
  • Sustained motivation: I personally am more motivated to cook when I am trying something new or tweaking an existing recipe. The same cycle of meals can be boring so keep it fresh by adding some diversity and expanding your repertoire!
  • Happy family: I have to say that when I try new recipes, the energy at our dining table is tangible. The husband and kids get excited and I feel a great sense of satisfaction in seeing them enjoy what they are eating. Make your cooking journey a shared experience where others can enjoy your new creations!

Without further ado, here is the new recipe of the week, courtesy of Closet Cooking.

Broccoli and Cheddar Quinoa Bites

A freshly baked broccoli and cheddar quinoa bite (image courtesy of potentialdoctor.com)
A freshly baked broccoli and cheddar quinoa bite (image courtesy of potentialdoctor.com)

I made a quick dip for this meal that consisted of soy-sauce, honey, dijon mustard and freshly grated ginger.

  • My review: Very simple to make, fast, nutritious and delicious.
  • Options: I used cajun spices instead of cayenne alone.
  • Kid-friendly? A resounding yes! My kids gobbled this up before I had time to sit down at the table
  • Tip 1: If you have babies or toddlers, you may want to steam the broccoli slightly before baking the mixture in the oven because the baking process does not soften the broccoli completely.
  • Tip 2: Cook a double portion of the quinoa, freeze half of it (prior to mixing with the other ingredients) and use it in subsequent meals such as salads, soups, stews etc.

If you are nervous or unsure about cooking, don’t despair! There is a wonderful world of cooking out there to discover. Take it one step at a time and soon you will have improved cooking skills and more confidence in the kitchen!

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15 thoughts on “Building Your Cooking Confidence…New Recipe of the Week

  1. Great insight Malaika! In your very first phrase I underlined “easy to cook” lol. This makes so much sense because a long time ago when I tried eating healthy, I spent hours cooking and when I was done, I already snacked enough to last me 2 days! So, I end up just starring at the food. I am good with cooking but not ready for 30 guests! That broccoli & cheddar quinoa looks and sounds delicious! It’s a bonus that your kids loved it. Thumbs up!

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    1. Thank you Yadei! I have no doubt that you must be a wonderful cook! I also tried doing complicated recipes but then I would feel discouraged from doing them again because of the time commitment. I still do them sometimes but not for the ‘everyday cooking’ during the week. Yes, I’m really glad the kids liked it! Phew! 🙂 Do you cook any traditional recipes?

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      1. Awesome, I look forward to discovering more of your quick recipes! What you did here really looks great and when I get some time, I’ll try making it. Yes, I mostly cook traditional recipes and even my modern dishes have a traditional touch. I love cooking my fish or chicken on open fire. This gives it the kind of flavor I like. I went camping for the first time a little over a year ago and I couldn’t stop smiling because the culinary scenery just seemed perfect for my taste. Maybe someday when I marry, I’ll be forced out of my caveman habits :p

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        1. Haha! Love that! I like the open fire approach too. One of my favorites is Indian Tandoori chicken. Yum! Thanks for your enthusiasm Yadei. Maybe when you have some time, you can post some of your traditional recipes. Would love to try them! 🙂

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      1. That is OK! People who struggled like you did, is the reason for my blog.. The followers, knowledgeable or nor not make things worthwhile! I suppose you have improved a lot since your marriage and babies! I think the worst part of not knowing how to cook is looking at the chemicals and salt etc in the food.. As well as poor quality. I’m sure you’d agree there.

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        1. Haha! Yes, I believe I have improved. At least no one is complaining about my cooking now! 🙂 It also really helps when you are cooking for a family because then you are motivated to do it well! 🙂

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  2. Looks delicious! Oh my! I’m not a good cook. My confidence level isn’t great when trying to cook. I tend to make the same ole thing. But! I think I will try these!! 😀 I will let you know! Thank you for the tips! : )

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    1. You’re most welcome Carisa! I know how you feel. I used to not feel confident about my cooking but just gradually practiced until I got better. I know you can do it too! Let me know how you liked the quinoa bites 🙂

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