Moving out of your parents’ home for the first time is incredibly exciting, but can also be very daunting. The good news is that those feelings of nerves and apprehension are completely normal, and there are hacks to make the transition to independence smooth and seamless.

As the old saying goes, “There’s no place like home,” and certainly no cook quite like mom. Before packing up and moving out, it’s important to equip yourself with the basics of living solo, including simple cooking skills. To arm those leaving the nest with some help in the kitchen, McCain has made it easy for moms to pass on their beloved recipes and tips in a one-of-a-kind fully-customised cookbook. 

The revolutionary Cookbook Creator allows you to make your own 48-page personalised cookbook packed with your own family recipes, notes and images, alongside a selection of other recipes suggested for you – all printed and delivered to your door! According to Danielle De Villiers, Senior Brand Manager at McCain, “Growing thriving families sits at the heart of everything that McCain does, so we wanted to give families the opportunity to pass down their favourite recipes, while providing the very best in hassle-free recipe inspiration. Now  home-leavers can always have mom’s recipes and cooking secrets on hand as they navigate their independence.”

Cooking tips for living on your own

The average young adult is often pressed for time, under a lot of stress from work or school, and constantly eating on the go. This makes it easy to slip into bad eating habits like skipping meals or frequenting fast food restaurants. But a healthy diet is vital, not only for the body but for the mind as well. Below are some tips to help you develop betting eating habits when living independently.

Meal planning and prep – Planning your meals is essential for the busy guy or girl on the go, as it helps you eat healthier and saves time and money. Start by making a rough meal plan for the next week or two and prep in advance to make your week ahead easier. By doing this you will also avoid repetition when it comes to the dishes you eat.

Make cooking fun – Cooking doesn’t have to be a chore, and can actually be fun. Turn on some music, sip a glass of wine or use this time to listen to your favourite podcast. Think of cooking as a way to relax, unwind and enjoy some me-time.

The power is in the freezer – Your freezer may just become your best friend when you learn about the benefits of freezing food. Cook in bulk and freeze leftovers to lock in the freshness and make sure there’s always a meal waiting for you in the freezer. This tip will help you not only prevent waste but also save money, and make your life that much easier. Also, for added convenience, stock up on freezer-friendly food like McCain’s frozen vegetables and potato products. They are affordable, easy to cook, delicious and nutritious!

Recreate familiar favourites – Make sure you have access to all your favorite recipes from home with your personalised Made with McCain Cookbook. In true McCain style, the digital tool is quick, easy and simple to use. Simply visit https://mccain.food24.com/ to get yours now.

About McCain

McCain Foods has been at the centre of South African mealtimes for over 20 years. As the world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato and appetiser products, we supply a significant portion of the world’s restaurants and other hospitality outlets.  In South Africa, we are also the market leader in Frozen Vegetables, which we supply to both Food Service and Retail customers. We manufacture fresh produce from local farmers at our production plants in Delmas, Springs, as well as our processing facility in Marble Hall.  We are constantly developing innovative new food offerings tailor-made to the requirements of our consumers and customers.

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