Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken with pineapple / broccoli (asparagus )/ rice

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5 Reasons I love Cooking with Cook Smarts

1. It’s fun.

I love that the menus give me a chance to be creative and indulge in some ‘play’ time – something we adults could do with a lot more. I have grown to love the rituals of chopping, stirring and tasting.

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2. It’s delicious.

The menus are all chosen with seasonal produce in mind. This makes the food taste even better.

When you’re cooking you get to choose what you make and what goes into each dish. You also get to choose the quality of the ingredients. So it’s easy to make things that are the most delicious to you.

Think of it as a choose your own (culinary) adventure.

3. It’s good for your body.

The Cook Smarts team includes nutritional information for each recipe. They do a great job giving members the foundation and then for those who need a little more care they can incorporate the data into MyFitnessPal or other resources.

The more I learn about nutrition the more I’ve come to realize that the most important factor for healthy eating is to avoid processed food and focus on using real ingredients.

And the best way to do this? Cook for yourself as much as you can. But let’s be honest making the decision about what to cook is not always the most fun… especially when you’re doing it 365 days a year.

4. It’s good for the soul.

It gives me an opportunity to nurture my family and friends. To express my love and take care of them.

There’s something so moving about the kinetic experience of transporting my food from whole objects into a complimentary arrangement.

5. The praise!

As much as I’d like to think that all these lofty benefits were what first got me into cooking, really, it was the praise.

Hearing the words ‘this is delicious’ was a huge motivator for me to keep spending time in the kitchen.

Cook Smarts creates a range of educational cooking tools and information to empower and inspire home cooks. Visit their website for a range of free cooking resources, simple recipes and delicious weekly meal plans. Follow their adventures in healthy cooking on Facebook and Instagram.