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Get inspired to cook for the new year

Whether you're burned out on all the holiday cooking or you're basically dreading starting the new year "on a diet", getting enthused to cook another meal can seem next to impossible. However, the following tips can help you be inspired in the kitchen and

Whether you're burned out on all the holiday cooking or you're basically dreading starting the new year "on a diet", getting enthused to cook another meal can seem next to impossible. However, the following tips can help you be inspired in the kitchen and actually look forward to when it's time to cook.
Whether you're burned out on all the holiday cooking or you're basically dreading starting the new year "on a diet", getting enthused to cook another meal can seem next to impossible. However, the following tips can help you be inspired in the kitchen and actually look forward to when it's time to cook.

Get inspired to cook

1. Pull out the cookbooks

Your cookbooks aren't doing you any good gathering dust on the shelf. Pick out a few (preferably the ones with gorgeous images), sit down, and take note of the recipes that really speak to you. Mark the pages and put the meals on your calendar with notes so you know where to find them. Then write down the ingredients you'll need.

2. Get Pinterested

You can't beat Pinterest for inspiration in every aspect of your life. From irresistible recipes to cooking tips to must-use kitchen gadgetry, you'll surely find a great deal of reasons to get motivated to make your next meal. The great thing about Pinterest is once you pin something on a board, you know exactly where to find it -- and perusing your boards will also bring you back to recipes that caught your attention.

3. Use your kitchen gadgets

Your kitchen gadgets are the perfect source for cooking inspiration. Set one gadget on the counter every day and plan to use it. We're thinking smoothies with the blender, waffles with the waffle maker, sandwiches with the panini maker, chili in the slow cooker, and grilled veggies on the indoor grill. You bought the gadgets with good intention -- now is the time to put them to use!

4. Cook with others

If cooking alone deters your enthusiasm in the kitchen, then recruit someone to cook with you. Invite your kids in to help with dinner -- you can even let them help you plan meals. Make a romantic dinner with your husband alongside you cooking it up. Have your BFF over to try new recipes. Partnering up with someone will give you extra incentive to be in the kitchen.

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