Sustainable home cooking is a way of preparing a meal (at home) that benefits your health and/or your family members , environment and the whole planet.
Sustainable home cooking changes the way we cook, the way we buy ingredients, the way we prepare the food, what we eat and what we do with the leftovers. Overall, it helps in saving money, time, leading a healthier lifestyle, avoiding overeating and many more
Cooking from scratch is an excellent family bonding where the kids can learn “soft skills” and also feed the whole family sustainably.
These are some of the benefits for sustainable home cooking:
> You prepare your own meal and have more control over the ingredients.
> You can plan your meal in advance and save money on buying unnecessary ingredients.
> You cook for yourself and ensure that everyone eat fresh and wholesome meals.
> Your body health will improve such as look and feel healthier, improve sleep, resilience to stress, and stabilize your weight and mood.
> Your young kids can learn the concepts of Mathematics and Science.
> It improves the younger kids fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and encourages them to think more creatively.
> and the list goes on and on…
To practice sustainable home cooking can be depending on your lifestyle, where you live, your economic situation, your sustainability goal and your dietary needs.
Here are some suggestions:
> experience simple home farming such as growing own ginger
> purchase food from local, familiar farms that don't have to be transported from overseas
> reduce food wastage such as using vegetable scraps in soups and stocks
> Adopt a plant-based diet by minimizing consumption of farm-raised fish, meat and diary
> checking labels for sustainably produced items
> Buy food that are packed using sustainable packaging such as recycled packaging and use reusable shopping bags
Store bought refers to food items that are commercially made rather than homemade. Processed foods or pre-made meals or takeout tend to be higher in sodium, fat and sugar contents.
By practicing sustainable home cooking, it allows you to have full control on what you should fill your plate with. More cost saving, more nutritious - from sourcing sustainable ingredients, use less energy, waste less food, leave out processed sugar or fatty ingredients.