Much like crafting, cooking is an immersive activity with many therapeutic effects. Activities such as dicing veggies and kneading dough can also have a meditative quality. The process requires you to slow down, put your phone away, and focus on your actions. What better way to be present and wind dowd? In fact, culinary therapy has become a trend at many therapists’ offices and clinics. Not only is a great way to reduce stress, but the process of putting together a meal can be highly creative and rewarding, leaving you with a feeling of contentment and accomplishment. If you’ve ever seen the documentary Jiro Dreams of Sushi about the famous Japanese sushi chef Jiro Ono, you know that for many, cooking is an art unto itself.
In addition, home cooking tends to be much healthier than food at restaurants or that’s pre-prepped. When you’re the cook, you know exactly what goes into the recipes, which means you also know exactly what you’re putting into your body.
Looking to cook but unsure where to start? We rounded up a few Holiday dishes to try in your own kitchen.
Baked mushrooms stuffed with ricotta (Funghi al forno ripieni di ricotta)
These cheesy snacks are perfect as an appetizer or addition to any holiday table setting. Short on time? Don’t stress! This recipe is super easy and can be whipped up quickly… though we recommend you take your time with it.
Cooking the turkey
Perhaps you’ve found yourself in charge of the holiday turkey this year. No pressure! We love Jamie Oliver’s bacon-covered recipe for its rich flavors and unique spin on what can be a boring dish.
Stained Glass Biscuits
Ready to find that creative flow? Make cookies your art and stun your friends with these tips. Using this technique, your cookies will have a “stained glass” effect. Take your time with this one!
If you had a rewarding experience in the kitchen this holiday season, we’d love to hear about how it made you feel! And remember, you can cook year round, not just during the holidays. It’s never too late to start!