Benefits Of Cooking Your Family Meals At Home (Plus a Bibimbap Recipe)

 For many, there is nothing more satisfying than a yummy home-cooked meal. However, more and more Americans are opting to go the easy and quick route and just get take-out or eat at a restaurant. Life is constantly busy and it can be too easy to just get food prepared for you. However, there are many benefits to cooking at home for yourself that should be considered. Below are some of the top reasons why more families should make their meals at home.

Eat Healthier

One of the better benefits of making your own meals is that you can make them healthier. When you prepare your own food, you have full control over the ingredients that go into your meals. If you want to get healthy and create a healthier living environment for your family, consider shopping for ingredients and cooking together. You can find many fresh ingredients to use and fresh spices for sale online from reputable sellers such as freshjax.com.

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gochujang mix, korean red chili paste and other ingredients




Saves Money

Eating your meals out or getting take-home meals can be quite expensive. Generally, most of those meals don’t contain enough food for leftovers, either. When you factor in a family that is large, eating out can put a big dent in your bank account each time. However, when you learn to prepare your meals at home, you will find that you actually save money. While it may take a little extra time to prepare those meals, the benefits are worth it and your bank account will thank you.

Brings Happiness

When you begin cooking your family meals at home, you will begin to notice a sense of pride and accomplishment. You will be taking control of your family’s budget and health while making great memories together. When you all work together to make a meal, you can build a better bond between everyone. Cooking as a family is a great way to spend quality time together. Cooking together at home as a family can add fun to the dining experience.

There has been a lot of research on cooking meals at home compared to eating out. While it can be a little more tedious and scary at first, it can foster a better family environment. Additionally, some research has also shown that kids are more likely to try and like new foods that they helped to prepare in the kitchen.

So here’s an easy Korean recipe, Bibimbap the kids and I prepared many times at home.

Ingredients

Meat and marinade:
500g beef, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pinch red pepper flakes
2 tbsp brown sugar

Vegetables:
1 cucumber, cut thinly into strips
1 carrot, cut thinly into strips
1 zucchini, thinly cut into strips
shiitake mushrooms, the more the merrier 🙂 – clean and sliced
1 bunch fresh spinach, cut

 

Topping, sauce:

eggs

2 Tbsp sesame oil
1/4 cup gochujang (Korean hot pepper paste)
2 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp roasted sesame seeds
2 tsp vinegar
2 tsp minced garlic
some water

Side dishes and optional veggies:
Kimchi
seasoned seaweed
bean sprouts, daikon radish, gosari and other vegetables

 

Procedure

 

1. Mix the beef with  the following ingredients as listed. Marinate at least an hour or more. Cook the meat on oil, about 5 minutes on high, as they are thin strips, would be easy to cook.
2. Cook the vegetables separately. Put a little oil and some minced garlic, then the vegetables, season with salt and pepper. Put in separate bowls.
3. Fry the eggs as you prefer, it could be sunny side up, could be scrambled.

4. Mix the gochujang sauce along with the ingredients in the above list.

5. Put rice into a bowl, top with meat, arrange vegetables and seasoned seaweed. Put bibimbap sauce and then add an egg on top.

6. Mix the ingredients or eat as is, but bibimbap means mixed rice, so might as well mix to enjoy it fully! 🙂
bibimbap
Bibimbap: mixed rice with meat and assorted vegetables