Learn to Cook Without Recipes in 2017 (and save $15)

by | Dec 26, 2016

OFFER EXTENDED: Save $15 on Foodist Kitchen until January 8 using code NEWYEAR2017

As I’ve explained before, cooking is by far the most important habit you need if you want to take control of your health. The reason for this is pretty simple: you can guarantee that your plate is filled with vegetables and other Real Foods that are satisfying, nourishing and delicious.

If getting Real Food on your plate is easy and you’re excited to eat it, then you have a recipe for long-lasting good health. You win.

An added benefit of cooking at home is it’s a great way to detox from weeks of holiday parties, family feasts and airport food. Amirite??

Of course, cooking your meals at home is easier said than done.

If you don’t feel confident in your cooking skills the whole “satisfying and delicious” part may elude you.

If you’ve always relied on recipes to decide what to buy and how to turn it into dinner then getting Real Food on your plate “easily” sounds like a pipe dream.

If the extent of your kitchen talent is heating up a frozen dinner, then eating “vegetables and other Real Foods” is a genuine Christmas miracle.

Cooking isn’t one skill. It’s several skills (knife work, flavor pairings, intuition for flavors and when food is “done”) mixed with a set of habits (grocery shopping, keeping a clean kitchen, using up leftovers) the end result of which is ease and confidence in the kitchen.

And for one reason or another many of us never learned these essential lessons.

I created Foodist Kitchen to solve this problem and teach you to cook without recipes in 30 days. And what better time to start than in your week off before the New Year?

From now until Jan 6 January 8 use the code NEWYEAR2017 to save $15 on the Foodist Kitchen program.

This is the first time I’ve ever offered a discount on Foodist Kitchen publicly here on Summer Tomato, so don’t miss this opportunity to kickstart your New Year and invest in your life-long health.

Foodist Kitchen is a 30 day program designed to teach you the skills and habits you need to cook regularly without relying on recipes.

In Foodist Kitchen you’ll…

  • Get simple daily lessons that take you through each of the habits you need to cook without recipes
  • Learn to streamline your shopping process to save time and money
  • Learn basic cooking techniques like chopping, sautéing, and roasting
  • Develop your flavor intuition to know how to “season to taste” and “fix” a dish that isn’t working for you
  • Develop your cooking intuition so you know what it means to cook “until done”
  • Learn how to construct healthy delicious meals from almost anything
  • Learn how to “use up” everything in your fridge in delicious and creative ways
  • Save money by avoiding restaurants and packaged foods, and reducing waste
  • Learn how to get family members willing to try (and like) new foods
  • Impress friends and dates with your fancy new kitchen skills
  • Join a supportive community of new cooks and share tips and adventures

You can learn more about the program at FoodistKitchen.com

Here’s what people who have completed the program have to say:

The process in Foodist Kitchen systematically brought me from a teeny tiny habit of opening my refrigerator, to coming home and cooking for myself on a regular basis. I’ve lost weight, gained confidence, and felt lots more energy. The best part is that the feeling of overwhelm that I used to have never came through this entire process. I was able to have compassion for myself when I wasn’t perfect because perfection was never the goal. So in conclusion, I’ll share my big win: I officially declare myself to have a cooking habit. And I couldn’t be prouder.”  

– Reshanda Y.

We’ve saved hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars thanks to this class by knowing how to cook a tasty, cost-effective meal at home, even if you’re time-pressed and hungry. How’s that for a personal testimonial?”

– Kevin W.

“The past month has been incredible. I feel so empowered and competent. I never imagined that something as “domestic” as cooking could have such a profound impact on so many other dimensions of my life. (Side note: how has spending MORE time in the kitchen inadvertently made me LOSE weight? … Awesome).”

-Alice E.

Learning to cook without recipes is one of those game changing habits that makes everything about getting healthy easier. You can make yourself healthy food you actually like. You can turn almost anything into a tasty meal without resorting to fast food. And you have perfect control over what does (and doesn’t) go into your body.

If you’ve always thought cooking was too hard or too much work, learning to wing it without a recipe is the way to go. I know from all the cookbooks collecting dust on my shelves that I would almost never cook at home if I had to follow a recipe every time.

Use the code NEWYEAR2017 at check out and make 2017 the year you learn to cook.

Save $15 at Foodist Kitchen→

OFFER EXTENDED: Save $15 on Foodist Kitchen until January 8 using code NEWYEAR2017

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3 Responses to “Learn to Cook Without Recipes in 2017 (and save $15)”

  1. cynthia says:

    Bravo, madame. I now divide my time between here in the U.S. and France – where being overweight is not nearly as much of a problem as here. Yes, the French paradox.

    I, too, used to be overweight. And, always hungry. And, always dieting. And, exercising until I couldn’t move.

    Although I could always cook, and loved it … it was faux cooking. Or, rather, rigid cooking from recipes. Once I truly learned to cook – learning the fundamental skill sets – I could toss the recipes (or simply use them for inspiration) and begin truly cooking … as they do in France. Cooking with my Auntie Jacqueline, in her tiny Auvergnat kitchen (built in 1800), watching her technique and how she handles ingredients we bought that morning at the market, taught me how to think like a cook. Michael Ruhlman’s books, and actually cooking skills classes also made a huge difference.

    Today, my weight is stable, in a very healthy range for a woman who has 63 years, I’m never ‘starving’, I eat what I want – real food, whole foods (with a glass of truly good French wine!) in modest portions and push away satisfied. I walk, hike or ride my bike for exercise … and focus on having fun and living a full life rather than beating my body up striving to attain some bizarre ‘ideal’. And, I believe these changes have helped me survive Stage III cancer for 13 years now.

    Go forth and carry this message. You’re doing a good thing.

  2. Ethan says:

    As someone who swears by shopping for local produce and cooking without a recipe, I loved this piece. I think a lot of times people don’t quite realize how much of a difference eating real (rather than processed) food can make on our health and how we feel on a daily basis. What initially got you started on this way of shopping/ cooking?

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