5 reasons to toss your take-out menus

A little inspiration goes a long way, and the pictures of perfect-looking dishes on TV cooking shows and social media offer plenty of ideas for new recipes to try at home. Cooking at home can be fun, fulfilling, good for you, and easier than you think.

Here are 5 great reasons why you should make meals at home more often:

  1. Cooking at home leads to a higher-quality diet and better health and weight.
  2. It costs less than eating out or ordering take-out.
  3. You can control the ingredients and portions.
  4. It’s a great way to connect with friends and family.
  5. It can be really fun!

Sharpen your cooking skills

Learning to cook might seem daunting, but you can make healthy, delicious meals with simple ingredients and basic skills. Watch the “How to Choose Knives” video below to learn about the 3 basic knives you need for most kitchen jobs. You’ll be chopping, slicing, and dicing your way to tasty, home-cooked meals in no time.


Did you know sharp knives are actually safer than dull ones? To avoid a painful and embarrassing knife mishap, watch this HPRC Kitchen Tips video “Handling a Knife Safely.”


Once you’ve got the right knives and know how to use them safely, you’re ready to go. Learn to slice a pepper, dice an onion, and cube a tomato from HPRC’s “Knife Skills 101” video.


Feeling confident and ready to try some new recipes in 2019? Visit USDA's What's Cooking for recipes and more tips on cooking at home.

Published on: January 14, 2019

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