Eating out all of the time can be expensive. Not to mention it can get old quick. On the flip side, cooking isn’t everyone’s passion. If it isn’t yours, you probably find cooking to be a chore. However, there are ways to make cooking enjoyable and not overly time-consuming. You’d be surprised how these five things will help you spice up your cooking right at home.

Finger Food Fun

Keeping snacks on deck is a must! Prepare some finger foods that you can grab whenever you have the¬†urge to snack. For pickle people, you can find super easy recipes for pickled cucumbers, pickled peppers, and pickled hard-boiled eggs. Don’t worry if you’re not a fan of pickled food. Instead, you can keep things simple by cutting some fruit and storing them in a container. That’ll make for a perfect fruit salad. You can also do the same with your favorite vegetables. The idea is to have foods you enjoy ready when you need them!

Crock-Pot Cooking

A very easy way to prevent cooking from becoming a chore is to barely cook at all! Instead, let your slow cooker do the cooking for you. There are a huge variety of meals that can be prepared in the slow cooker. Most of them require very little preparation. Just dump the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning. When you get home from work, you’ll be greeted with delicious smells ready for you to eat!

Go International

Cooking will definitely be boring if you’re making the same dishes over and over. Try spicing things up by finding some international recipes. Think of your dream vacation to another country and look up some of their cultural dishes. Next, head to an international grocery store and pick up the ingredients. You’ll have a ton of fun following the recipe and might even be pleasantly surprised by the end results.

Pantry Purging

I know that cleaning out your pantry doesn’t sound like a lot of fun. However, think about all of the items that have been thrown in there to never see the light of day again. Cleaning out your pantry will let you see what ingredients you have already that could make for a great dish. You can find lots of unused spices and herbs that you can use to make a new dish or to revamp an oldie.

Spice Up Your Knowledge

Spice up your cooking by learning about spices! There are countless herbs and spices that can transform your taste buds. Learn what different flavors are out there and experiment¬†with them. Start off simple with scrambled eggs or plain tomato sauce. Add a different spice each time you make it so that you can taste the difference. From there, you’ll be able to understand what flavor each spice will bring and combine them to compliment one another.