For most of my adult life I have not been inspired to cook, but after I was married I found cooking inspiration. My husband already came into our marriage a good cook, but I had not done much cooking. I was good with spaghetti with jar sauce and frozen turkey burgers. I was also big into fast food and frozen meals, but not long after our marriage, I became inspired to cook and started on a great journey.
Cooking Inspiration from My Husband
I started to cook more because my husband was the only breadwinner and I knew it was only right for me to provide a good meal for when he came home from a long day at work. This change led me to an exciting journey in cooking. Since my husband is a good cook, I wanted to make food that could be comparable to what he would make for me. I no longer used jar spaghetti sauce and instead started to experiment with homemade sauce. I found I was inspired to cook because I wanted to create delicious meals that my husband would love.
Cooking Inspiration from the Food Network
Around this time, I also started watching cooking shows. The first show that I started to watch regularly was the Food Network show “Chopped.” I was interested in this competition that had four chefs competing to complete a three course meal. I was intrigued to watch how the competitors used secret ingredients in unique ways. I found more cooking inspiration from this show and eventually started watching the Food Network’s “Iron Chef America” and “Throw Down With Bobby Flay.” The more I watched the shows, the more inspired I was to experiment with new ingredients and new foods.
Cooking Inspiration from Desire for Healthy Lifestyle
One other thing that gives me cooking inspiration is the desire to live a healthy lifestyle. I have been on a journey for the last couple of years to lose weight and eat healthy. Since I am trying to eat healthier, I find myself experimenting with ways to make vegetables taste better. I also have added things such as lentils, beans, and split peas to my diet. I like to find new ways to make these diet staples tasty. It is healthier to prepare dishes at home and so this inspires me to create healthy, but yummy dishes.
There is plenty in my life to provide me with cooking inspiration. The shows on The Food Network help stoke my creative juices. I am inspired by my desire to cook for my husband and my desire to lead a healthy lifestyle. I hope you will be inspired to cook.