Cook Smart

Cooking your own food at home instead of buying takeaway or convenience foods has many benefits. 

Home made food has more flavour so you spend your money on quality ingredients which aren’t watered down.

Ingredients for home cooking uses less packaging which saves money and means less packaging for recycling or landfill.

Home cooking means you know and can control the type and quantity of ingredients which go into your meals.

Meals that take longer to cook don’t mean more time in the kitchen. They are easy to throw together and can be left on the stove or in the oven to cook while you do other things, like help with the kids’ homework.

Enhance the flavour

Sometimes the ‘flavour’ added to pre-prepared foods can be hard to compete with. However, these flavours are usual in the form of extra sugar and salt which we can do without. Try the following for natural flavour enhancers: for your home cooked meals:

  • Toasted nuts (baked in a hot oven for 5 minutes each side)
  • Fresh chopped herbs (parsley, chives, mint, dill and basil are easy to grow at home)
  • Lemon or orange zest (lightly grated outside of the skin – no white pith)
  • Parmesan cheese, grated or shaved
  • Red onion or spring onion, finely chopped.

Cooking food for yourself and your family might seem daunting if you haven't had much practice. Follow the guides below and you will learn cooking skills which will help you cook some common foods and recipes. Once you get the hang of these, visit the recipes page for some more challenging dishes. 


The FOODcents program is no longer active in WA

A new interactive, cooking and nutrition program Food Sensations® for Adults is now available. Individuals and groups can book into the new program.

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