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June's GOOD 30-Day Challenge: Make Your Own Meals #30DaysofGOOD

Throughout the month, we'll offer tips, ideas, and resources for making your own breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks.

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for June? Make your own meals.

Did you know that making your own meals could save your life? A recent Cambridge study found that people who regularly cook at home may live longer than those who don’t. And no, nuking Kraft mac and cheese does not count.


Cooking is crafty, self-empowering, and the closest existing thing to old-world magic. By trading money for raw roots, a thatch of herbs, and a slab of protein, you can transform it into something not only edible, but delicious—that’s powerful alchemy. Plus, making your own food almost guarantees you’ll eat better and feel healthier. It will also give you a chance to engage with the people around you, from the farmer who sells you produce to a loved one you feed to the relatives whose recipes you keep tacked to the fridge.

To that end, for the GOOD 30-Day Challenge in June, we're making a pledge to make all our own meals for the month. GOOD has tapped me to help run the June challenge because I’m a writer, journalist, and former line cook with some tricks up my sleeveless apron. I'm one of the two co-founders of the Hot Knives blog, co-author of the book Salad Daze, and a total farmers' market convert. But there’s an even better reason why I’m hosting this challenge: I believe in the profound power of cooking at home. I do it everyday.

Each weekday in June, I’ll post something tasty—a recipe, a kitchen tip, or a task to help get your stoves (or grills or food dehydrators) fired up. Follow my posts, and share your own pictures, tips, and questions using the hashtag #30DaysofGOOD. Now let's get cooking!

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