Cooking at home is one of the best ways to save money, bring your family (or a group of friends) together, and live a healthier lifestyle. The first way to start cooking is to begin gathering recipes. Having a small but varied group of recipes will ensure that you don’t get bored with daily dinner but also aren’t overwhelmed by choices. You can quickly build a great recipe collection by asking friends, family members and neighbors to share their favorite recipes with you. Write the recipes down on 3×5 cards and store them in a card box in the kitchen. Then, start cooking!

Choose recipes that are healthy and delicious. As you cook, try variations on the recipes and make sure to write down what works! If you find yourself running out of time at the end of the day, prepare dinner in crock pots and casseroles that can cook throughout the day or be heated up while you change out of your work clothes. Also, divide cooking duties up among family members. If everyone participate, cooking is sure to be a fun and fulfilling family activity!

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