If you struggle with cooking, I can totally relate.

I was almost 30 years old when I finally learned how to boil water… lol.

That may be hard to believe about someone who now has spent years developing and mastering delicious healthy recipes and who loves to spend time cooking.

How did I go from cooking amateur to “Wow, Isabel, these recipes are so delicious!”?

Here are a few tips (and a bonus resource) that will not just help you if you’re a struggling cook, but will help you if you’re doing your best to make your meal prep simple and easy while still ensuring delicious and tasty meals.

Tip #1: Environment is everything.

When I cook, I make sure it's going to be a fun time. I either have worship music playing or I will listen to a podcast or sermon.

This may sound like such a small detail, but it can be a game changer for anyone who does not look forward to cooking and the extra time it may take. You may even find that you begin to look forward to this time… I definitely do!

Tip #2: Get a chopper.

One of the most tedious tasks when it comes to cooking is cutting and chopping. Many recipes require diced vegetables which certainly takes a good bit of time.

“The chopper” to the rescue. For less than $25, you can get a great vegetable chopper that will give you perfectly cut and chopped vegetables in seconds.

Here is the exact one I have: 10-in-1 Vegetable Chopper

I would also highly recommend cutting and chopping extra if you already have it out. Ex: If you’re already dicing an onion, chop a bit extra for a recipe later in the week. Same for slicing cucumbers or other vegetables for your salad. If I already have a kitchen tool out and am using it, I always try and maximize that time as much as possible.

On that note…

Tip #3: Always cook extra.

If you’re already in the kitchen, already dirtying up some pots and pans, and already making a certain recipe, you could easily double or triple any recipe to save some for another day.

I always have frozen meals in my freezer for those weeks that get crazy or when I may not be home so my husband and kids have easy, healthy options.

Almost all cooked proteins freeze extremely well like grilled chicken, meatballs, meatloaf, taco meat, chilis… the list is endless.

I also cook extra just to have in the fridge for simple lunch options. My lunch is always leftovers which makes having a healthy lunch super easy every day.

Bonus Resource: YouTube University

Several years ago for my birthday, my husband bought me private cooking lessons with a chef. It was probably the best birthday gift I have ever received in my life! In just a few minutes, she taught me how to properly use knives (and which knife is best for what) and how to make a handful of delicious healthy meals.

But, now, we can all get private cooking lessons via YouTube!

I am definitely a “I can fix it or figure it out with YouTube” kind of gal and many of the recipes inside the New Life Promise program have come from me learning great strategies for healthy cooking via YouTube.

Even if you did not grow up cooking (like me) or it doesn’t come naturally to you, there are so many simple ways to make the process so much easier and it may even become something you look forward to.

If you're ready to live a better, healthier life, look no further than the New Life Promise plan!

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