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How to Clean Your Kitchen Naturally with Essential Oils

The move away from chemical cleaners was a slow one for me. It took years to make the change. Research, a little trial and error, and then more research – meant that the transition to find what worked for me and my family took a little longer than just mixing up some new cleaners. But it really can be that simple. And I wish I had started with this simple swap so much sooner than I did. In this article I will show you How To Clean Your Kitchen Naturally with Essential Oils – and share with you all the things that work for me.

The Empowered Cook shares how to clean your kitchen naturally with essential oils like lemon, lemongrass and litsea. Simple, easy recipes that you can make in your kitchen to keep it clean naturally.

Whenever I grocery shopped and went down the cleaning product aisle, I would invaraibly sneeze and my skin would itch. I am a sensitive person and I do have skin that reacts to most things. But it really did take me a long time to consider the possibility that the products I was using to clean my home could actually be having an impact on my sensitive skin.

For me, I only really made the change as I started to remember how we used to clean things. I remember bicarb and vinegar and just plain soap in my Mum’s laundry cupboard. It was rare that we would have many different bottles in lots of colours and scents. Plus, it always kind of irritated me that these cleaning products were advertised to women. Doesn’t it annoy you? Playing to a stereotype is lazy and insulting. So I started to research.

And I found Essential Oils.

I remember my Mum always having a bottle of eucalyptus and lavender. The smell is still very vivid and it demonstrates to me that this is something that has been around for a long time. Cleaning with Essential Oils is where I started – I have since moved on to using these bountiful oils to support and protect my family. They are an everyday occurrence now. Every step of my daily routine incorporates some level of interaction with the Essential Oils: from my morning meditation, to my shower, to dressing my little one for childcare and then again as we prepare for bed. Essential Oils are just a part of our life now – and I can’t see that changing any time soon.

I will share with you today the main ways I use Essential Oils in my kitchen.

Please note that all of these products rely on the basics of distilled water (or cooled, boiled water), vinegar, castile soap, and dishwashing liquid.

All Purpose Spray

I make a simple recipe for an all-purpose spray in the kitchen. I use this for cleaning the counters, the stove top, and even spritzing my sink. My fridge and freezer regularly get a wipe-down, as do all my cupboard doors. With a toddler around, sticky fingers get everywhere. This spray removes them easily.

To make your spray you will need a glass spray bottle. Glass is important because the Essential Oils (the citrus oils), can interfere with the chemistry of plastics – so avoid putting oils into plastic containers. I buy the blue ones from Share Oils, but there are many different places you can choose to buy from.

Into your spray bottle (note mine is about 230ml), fill it about a qtr full with vinegar. Then add a squirt of your regular dishsoap. Next – add your Essential Oils of choices – in total, about 20 drops. Top up the remainder with boiled AND COOLED water. It really is that simple.

The Empowered Cook All Purpose Spray - How to Clean Your Kitchen Naturally with Essential Oils

Spot Clean – De-Greaser

I have found Wild Orange Essential Oil to work wonders on my greasy cupboards around the stovetop. I simply pop a few drops on a cloth and wipe down the cupboard. I’d do a test somewhere first – just to be sure that the undiluted oil won’t harm your surface – but I have used this without issue on my cupboards.

Insect Repellent

We all have a story (or two) about finding ants, spiders or (argh!) cockroaches in our kitchen. And using pesticides in our food preparation area just doesn’t seem smart to me. So I use Essential Oils to deter any pests.

I keep a little spray bottle with water and a couple of drops of Peppermint Essential Oil in my kitchen, and I simply spray around the window ledge occasionally. This will deter ants and spiders.

In the back corners of cupboards, I place a small dish with a few cotton wool balls. A few drops of Tea Tree Essential Oil onto the cotton balls will deter cockroaches from hanging out in your cupboard among those pots and pans.

“Sticky” Remover

I re-use jars in my kitchen. I like to keep things simply in my pantry and will store things in jars rather than buy fancy containers. BUT I cannot stand it when those pesky labels refused to be peeled off easily. However, I have a trick now! Lemon Essential Oil! A few drops on a cloth will remove that stickiness straight away. Easy.

Clean Kitchen at Night

Dinner is done, the dishwasher is stacked and on, the counters are all wiped down – and the sink is clean and dry. That is our routine in our house. We pop out some new tea-towels and the kitchen is all ready to be made into a mess again at breakfast. But finishing the day with a clean kitchen really does make waking up so much more motivating.

I have incorporated Essential Oils here too. A few drops into the sink just releases a wonderful scent throughout the kitchen and really tops off your nice clean kitchen at night. I use lemongrass. I love the fresh scent, and it just makes me feel happy. Try it.

Choosing Your Essential Oils For the Kitchen

I particularly love the following:

Lemon – I use this in my All Purpose Spray, to splash into the sink, and to remove the sticky labels off a jar.

Lemongrass – this is a delightfully, cheery smell and is perfect splashed into the sink at the end of the day.

Litsea – not a traditional citrus oil, but this smells so good. This is my current favourite in our All Purpose Spray.

Wild Orange – a great swap for any of the above. And an incredibly calming scent.

Tea Tree – wonderfully clean and a great option for the All Purpose Spray. Try combining it with lavender to improve the scent a little.

Where can I buy Essential Oils?

I personally choose to use doTERRA Essential Oils. I have used other brands, but I have found these oils to better serve me and my family. They are ethically sourced and are pure – there are no nasties in these wonderful bottles.

You can choose to buy these oils from me, I have included the link to do so above and here it is again.

If you choose to sign up with doTERRA you will receive access to wholesale prices – saving you money each time you buy the oils. A single bottle will last you – as you only need a few drops at a time – but if you are like me, once you start to experience these oils, you will want to continue to explore. A wholesale account is the best way to do this.

Please contact me if you would like to know more. I offer one on one consultations with the oils (via phone, skype or in person), as well as group classes. Samples are readily available too, so please reach out to experience these for yourself.

 

Weekly Food Prep Fridge Tour

I have a special weekly food prep fridge tour for you today. But first things first, how did you spend your weekend? We spent Saturday out and about visiting a local market (and perhaps eating too many mini donuts), and then playing for a long while at the park. Our little one hasn’t stopped talking about the ‘markets’ since. Clearly the visit was a hit.

I did however, need to do my weekly food prep. This is a non-negotiable in our house. I make a big concerted effort to do this every week – most often on Sundays.

This weekend was especially important, because we are all suffering from a cold. The weekend was also a little constrained, because my partner was heading out about 2.30pm for a football game. So I had a couple of hours at the absolute most to get it done.

So – how did I do it? What did I make?

First, I had prepared by organising to have some online shopping delivered late Saturday – after we had come home from the markets. That way, all we had to do was unpack it and put it away. While doing it, I made a mental note of what vegies I had, so that I could prep those the following day.

On Sunday – I needed to get into action and start chopping. I chopped leeks, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots – all of which we will use this week as steamed vegetables. Grabbing a handful of these each night is just easy. And far less hassle than having to cut and prep a small amount each night. Much better use of my time to spend 30 minutes chopping ALL of them at once.

I also wanted to roast a bunch of vegies too. These are absolutely perfect to take for work lunches. I had bought some leafy greens in my shopping order, and so I also knew I wanted to make quinoa to go with these.

But before I got started on those, I decided to tackle the biggest thing first. We were having a roast chook for dinner – and because I would be solo-parenting for the pre-dinner routine, it made sense to cook this ahead of time. That way, my partner was still around to keep an eye on our little one.

So I started with roasting the chicken, and while that was cooking, I prepped my roasted vegetables and made my quinoa.

By the time the chicken was done, I had vegetables for the week cut and in the fridge, a container of quinoa ready too, and a tray of roasted veg ready for the oven.

While that last tray of veg was cooking, I also whipped up some chocolate bliss balls (similar to these).

And that was it. Done. Just shy of 2 hours in total time.

To show you the end result – I also did a weekly food prep fridge tour video, so you can see what it looks like following my weekly food prep.

I should forewarn you that this is a ‘real life’ weekly food prep fridge tour video – because my toddler thought it would be hilarious to take a ‘starring role’. So here you go – hope you get a giggle.

Do you food prep? Let me know in the comments below!

How to Organise your Kitchen to Help Get Dinner on the Table

Getting dinner on the table every night is a challenge. Cooking something wholesome and homemade – that the family will eat – is just hard sometimes. The Empowered Cook is all about sharing simple strategies that will help this process. Whether that be recipes, or freezer cooking tips, or meal planning inspiration – I am ultimately here to help you get dinner on the table. How to organise your kitchen is a good place to start.

The Empowered Cook shares how to organise your kitchen to help get dinner on the table. An organised kitchen will make your cooking easier and faster.

Today I’m sharing my top tips to organise your kitchen. Having an organised space to cook your meals will help you get dinner on the table. It makes everything you do more efficient – and therefore easier, and faster. It is also much more appealing to cook in a clean, clear space. Trust me.

How to organise your kitchen – here we go.

#1 – Locate Utensils Near the Stove

Keep things where you use them. Simple. I have a big pot next to my stove. In there – I keep everything that I use for the stove: wooden spoons, egg flip, spatulas, tongs. They are right there, so that when I need them – I can easily grab one. It is much easier to grab from a pot, than to rummage in a drawer to find what I need.

#2 – Use Compartments in “THAT” Drawer

Everyone has one. A mess of a drawer. Where things fall out when you open it. Where all the lost items in your house go to die.

I have found that I can deal with “THAT” drawer by popping in some small containers – to create compartments. This has meant that I can divide the mess. And by dividing the mess, it is actually easier to make less of a mess. Give it a go.

#3 – Declutter, Declutter, Declutter

Do you really need an egg slicer? How often do you really slice eggs? I mean, really?

Go through you drawers and remove everything you haven’t used in the last few months. Donate it, throw it out – whatever works. But just remove it from your kitchen – and your life.

You will be surprised by how much you can actually toss. And you will be surprised how your ingenuity will come into play. Like when you next need to slice eggs (maybe just use a knife!).

#4 – Embrace and Be Ready for Leftovers

Store your leftover containers close to where you clean up after dinner. Always have a good supply, ready to go. A couple of years ago, I invested in some glass containers for single serve meals for the freezer. Best thing I’ve bought in a long time. I bought 12 – they are 3 cup in size and Pyrex brand – this is not a sponsored post. I just really love them. They are the perfect size for single serve leftovers. And for my family of 2 adults and a toddler – they also hold the perfect amount of a casserole or similar. I bought mine here – but google and see if you can find a good deal.

#5 – Have Blank Labels and a Pen in the Kitchen

Following on from embracing those leftovers, you need to be able to accurately record what is in those containers. Or else, you’ll likely stumble across a frozen block of something brown in a few months time and have no recollection.

I use the small white labels that you can buy pretty much anywhere. They are cheap and easy to use – and will easily wash off.

But you can just as easily use a roll of masking tape.

Just make sure you use a permanent marker – so it doesn’t wash off.

#6 – 3 Step Rule

This is probably one for those of us who have the option to reorganise our kitchen layout. If you don’t, feel free to skip to the next tip!

When organising the layout of your kitchen – follow the 3 step rule. One step from fridge to sink to stove. This is the best way to use the space. It makes cooking and cleaning far more efficient. You’ll find the best kitchens follow this principal in some way – pay attention next time you see a kitchen you love.

#7  Herbs, Spices, Oils – store near the stove.

I keep these all close to the stove. This is where I use them – so it makes sense that they are close by. Just like tip #1 – keep them where you use them.

#8 – Make Cleaning Easy

Store all your cleaning supplies in easy reach. Paper towels, dish cloths, tea towels, hand towels – there should be a good supply of these. I keep all of mine under our kitchen sink. I have them in baskets mainly – so that they are kept neat and tidy. Pinterest has some great inspiration for this sort of thing.

Your main goal should be to have enough clean tea towels and dish cloths that you can use a clean one every day. At the end of the night, as part of our night time routine, I will completely wipe down the sink and the kitchen bench. I’ll then lay out some clean linens – and pop the others in the wash. This is a really nice way to wake up the morning.

#9 – Pot Holders Ready!

Where do you keep your pot holder?

Mine is on the handle of the stove. And I have a couple of other ones in the cupboard with the saucepans. They are close by – and easy to grab quickly. Safety first!

#10 – Put a Pinnie On!

Always have an apron ready. I own a number of aprons – and I always wear one. On the rare occasion that I don’t – I will bet my bottom dollar that I will somehow splatter something on my clothes. My little one even has his own apron – and he will put it on before helping me with dinner. Teaching the next generation, I am.

What tip are you going to try first? Tell me below!

 

5 Ways to Use Your Slow Cooker to Change Your Life (and they don’t include making a meal!)

I should start this post by saying that I think a slow cooker is a necessary part of The Empowered Cook’s kitchen.

A slow cooker is an amazing appliance. You will use it. It is worth the investment.

In winter, a slow cooker helps you make delicious curries and casseroles. In summer, it can help you make rissotto and other dishes without heating up the kitchen by using the oven.

It is also a life-saver when you are short on time. Pop all the ingredients in the slow cooker in the morning, and then dinner cooks while you get on with your day. It really is that easy.

If you want some amazing slow cooker recipes or need some inspiration – check out my Pinterest board here.

This post is all about how to use your slow cooker for things other than main meals. It is a shame to think we only use this appliance for cooking casseroles, stews and curries. It is far more versatile than we think.

I have started using my slow cooker several times a week. We use it for weeknight meals and also food prep over the weekend. And it is a fundamental part of any bulk cooking session that I do. I can then cook three things at once: a dish in the oven, a dish on the stove and a dish in my slow cooker.

The Empowered Cook shares 5 ways to use a slow cooker, that don't involve making a main meal. Your slow cooker is so much more than a pot to make dinner!

But – let’s start with me showing you 5 ways you can use your slow cooker that will change your life. Think of the time you will save. Less effort. Less clean-up.

So get that slow cooker out of the cupboard today.

And if you don’t own one – here are 5 more reasons to buy one – apart from all the awesomeness that already is a slow cooker.

#1 – Make Chicken Stock

Technically you can make any stock in the slow cooker – but chicken stock is my favourite, and the easiest (besides vegetable stock).

To make chicken stock in your slow cooker, you’ll need either a whole raw chicken or a cooked chicken carcass. This recipe will work with either. I love doing it with a chicken carcass – mainly because we love a good roast chook. So next time you have a roast, keep the carcass to make stock overnight. Don’t have time after cooking a roast? Well, you can also save the carcass. Wrap it in foil, and then into a plastic container and pop it in the freezer. Then make stock when you have the time. 

So – back to making stock.

Into your slow cooker place the chicken carcass (or the whole chicken), a stick of celery, a carrot (snapped into two, unpeeled), an onion (cut in half), a few pepper corns and the stalks of your celery bunch.

You can also add a garlic bulb cut across the middle to expose the cloves. And some parsley stalks are also a yummy addition. But these are optional. The carrot, celery and onion are the bare minimum required. 

Top up as high as you can with water. If you have it, you can also add a swig of Apple Cider Vinegar (helps to break down the bones and give you all their goodness).  

Cook on low for about 12 hours. I usually do this overnight.

In the morning, strain your stock. You can discard the bones and vegetables now – they’ve done their job.

If you’ve used a whole chicken, you’ll need to pick all the meat from the bones. This is juicy, succulent chicken that you can use for soup, sandwiches or any other recipe that calls for cooked chicken. It also freezes well. 

Once strained, you’ll be left with a couple of litres of good, old fashioned chicken stock. Store in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for 3 months. 

#2 – Roast Sweet Potatoes

This is the EASIEST way to roast sweet potatoes. No oil, minimal clean-up, and no hot oven running (good in summer!).

I use these in salads, for lunches and just as sides for an evening meal.

Plus, sweet potato is one of Ollie’s favourite foods – so we always have some of these in the fridge.

To make these in the slow cooker – take a couple of sweet potatoes (as many as will fit in a single layer on the bottom of your slow cooker). Give these a good scrub under some running water.

Pop them straight into the slow cooker – there’s no need to dry them. This is all the liquid you’ll need.

Set your slow cooker to low and cook for 6-7 hours. Check them after about 6 hours – as the time will depend on how large your sweet potatoes are. They are done when you can stick a fork through them.

Store these in the fridge for up to a week. I also freeze mine (wrapped individually) – for up to 3 months.

#3 – Make Brownies

I know. I was skeptical about this one too. But trust me. Desserts in the slow cooker can be super delicious.

The key to making desserts in a slow cooker is to use baking paper in the base – and have it long enough so that you can easily lift it out.

I have tried a few recipes – but this is the best recipe by far: Crockpot Gluten Free Brownies. The bonus is that it is grain free, egg free and vegan. But even better – it makes delicious brownies!

Give it a go and let me know what you think.

#4 – Cook Beans

We eat a lot of legumes in our house. They are cheap, delicious and versatile. Canned beans will always be in my pantry. And cooked beans will always be in my freezer.

Canned beans are cheap. But buying dried beans is so much cheaper again.

I cook beans in bulk, and then store them in the freezer in snap lock bags. I portion these into 2-cup size portions too – so that I know how much I am adding to the recipe. I will also keep a few 1 cup portions for lunches.

The trick with cooking beans is really organisation. You need to soak the beans the night before you want to cook them. This can be challenging – purely because we forget to plan ahead.

To soak your beans is simple. Pick through the dried beans, and check for any gravel or small rocks (trust me – I have found these!). Also discard any odd looking beans.

Place the beans into a large bowl and cover with water. Leave overnight.

The next morning, drain and rinse the beans. Place these into your slow cooker. Cover with water. I fill mine until the top of the slow cooker – about 2 inches above the layer of beans.

At this point, you can add some flavourings: an onion, carrot, celery, peppercorns and bay leaf. Or leave them as is. Just beans and water work fine.

I don’t add salt at this point – I find it toughens the beans.

Cook on low for approx 8 hours. I start testing around 6-7 hours. And depending on the age of your dried bean, you may need to go for up to 12 hours.

Remember to test more than one bean. Test 3 or 4. That way you can be sure that they are all soft.

Once cooked, drain them and split into portions.

Store in the fridge for up to 1 week or freeze for up to 3 months.

#5 – Caramelise Onions

Who doesn’t love caramelised onions? They are super versatile – you can use them like you would pickles or chutney. They are also delicious served as an accompaniment to salads, with sausages or as part of a soup base.

But they are time consuming to make. Standing there, stirring over the hot stove.

Not any more.

Make a bulk batch in your slow cooker.

Thinly slice your onions (I do about 4 large onions at a time) and pop these into your slow cooker. Drizzle with a good slug of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Toss them to coat.

Cook on low for 10 hours.

You can stir these every now and then – but this isn’t necessary.

To reduce the liquid after 10 hours, cook for a bit longer with the lid ajar or completely off. This will give you a ‘jammier’ consistency. It can take another 3 to 5 hours. Just check every hour or so, and stop once they look and taste good to you.

Once done, you can store in the fridge for up to a week or in the freezer for up to 3 months. I usually keep a jar in the fridge and then pack up the rest into 1 cup portions and freeze.

 

So – life changing? Did you know your slow cooker could be so versatile? What are you going to try first? Let me know in the comments below.

Get out that slow cooker today!

5 Fridge Must-Haves – To Help Get Dinner on the Table

It’s time to talk about the must-have items for your fridge.

We’ve covered the pantry, and the freezer.

But the fridge can be just as critical to getting dinner on the table, every night of the week.

Don’t be fooled into thinking that keeping a well stocked fridge is a short-term thing. You can keep some items in your fridge for weeks – assuming they are stored correctly.

Vacuum-packed meats last in the fridge for weeks – so I often buy sausages or bacon like this. If you find some products like this at your local butcher or supermarket – snap them up and pop them in your fridge.

The Empowered Cook shares the top 5 things to always have in your fridge to help get dinner on the table for you and your family.

Here are my top 5 items to always have in your fridge. Any time you open my fridge – you will find these hidden in there…

#5 – Parmesan Cheese

This is so much more than something to sprinkle on spaghetti bologanise.

Parmesan is a wonderful seasoning.

I like it on top of steamed vegetables. Or sprinkled over my poached egg. It’s delicious on stews or casseroles. Or shaved over a salad.

I am of course referring to a block of parmesan. Let’s not even talk about the green plastic container we used to have in our cupboard when we were kids.

You may find parmesan a little pricey – but it does last a long time if you store it correctly.

I store mine in the cheese drawer in the my fridge, wrapped in baking paper and then foil. But feel free to try some different ways in your fridge, and see what works for you.

#4 – Beef Mince (for the meat-eaters amongst us)

The versatility of this for family meals is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.

We buy this every week. And I really do mean every week.

We make things like: spaghetti bolognaise, hamburgers, rissoles, kofkas, chow-mein (stir-fry with cabbage), shepherds pie, savoury mince. I could go on!

Beef mince is cheap, easy and fast to cook – and you can make loads of different dinners with it.

Looking for inspiration – check out my Beef Mince Pinterest board here.

#3 – Leafy Greens

I really noticed a change in the health of my family when we started to eat more leafy greens. And it was this change that prompted others to comment on how ‘healthy’ we looked!

The key to eating more leafy greens is to make sure you always have them in the fridge. They need to be prepped and ready to eat. And they need to be visible. Otherwise, you’ll find a soggy mess in the bottom of your crisper.

I like to wash and store my leafy greens the day I buy them. They are then stored in glass containers, with a damp cloth or a few sheets of paper towel underneath them.

I find this works best for my fridge. You should experiment with your own fridge and see what works best.

The most important step though is to try to use these in as many meals as you can. We might have some spinach with our eggs in the morning. Or some in our smoothie. I make kale chips as a snack. We will have a side salad with dinner. Or – if you’re a little crazy – try replacing your pasta with a bunch of cooked, garlic greens to serve with your bolognaise sauce.

Treat your leafy greens well (i.e. store them well) and they’ll treat you well (make your skin glow!).

#2 – Bacon (again – for those meat-eaters)

Bacon is one of those great vacuum sealed meats that will last a while in the fridge.

I will always have a stash of bacon in the fridge.

Although we don’t often eat bacon and eats, we use bacon more as a seasoning for our other dishes – or it will form part of a pasta based meal. See the bacon and pea pasta recipe in Freezer must-haves here.

It is also a delicious way to start off a bolognaise sauce. Just chop up a few strips and cook in your pan before adding the onion and beef mince. Adds a really tasty, salty start to your sauce.

I must admit though – we are partial to the ‘bacon butty’. After an especially long day at work, I have been known to whip up some of these. It must be my mother’s Manchester genes coming through. Not exactly the healthiest of meals – but sometimes, you need a little warm reminder of home.

#1 – Eggs

And the number 1 must-have? Eggs.

I think eggs are the most versatile ingredient. We eat eggs for breakfast a couple of times a week – super healthy and full of protein.

But we also eat eggs for dinner some nights. Again – it is such a super fast way to get a healthy dinner on the table, when you just can’t be bothered cooking. We will often eat ‘breakfast for dinner’ – and whip up some scrambled or poached eggs on toast.

Eggs are also such a good way to boost a gathering of a few ingredients. For example, I might have some roast vegetables left-over in the fridge. Not too exciting by themselves. But add a poached egg on top (and a good shaving of parmesan cheese) and we have ourselves a hearty dinner. Bonus.

A quick “Fridge Frittata” is also a great way to use up all those leftover odds and ends of veges in your crisper. I often do this right before we are due for a grocery shop. Using whatever is left in my crisper: capsicum, broccoli, carrot, cauliflower – I dice it all up. You can also chop a small onion (if you have one). Pop all of this in a baking dish and preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.

Next, lightly beat 3-6 eggs (depending on how many people you are feeding, and how many leftovers you’ve added to the baking dish). You can add a dash of milk, and a sprinkling of cheese here too. Then pour this over the vegetables in the baking dish. Pop in the oven and cook for 30-40 minutes (or until the eggs are cooked). Delicious warm or cold. Served alone or with a salad.

So there you have it – my top 5 things to always have in your fridge.

How many do you have? Comment below and let me know! Also let me know if you have other items that you always have in your fridge. I’d love to add to this list!

Need some motivation? The Best Channels for YouTube Kitchen Motivation

There is something about watching an everyday person tackle the same problems we all face, that is really motivational. YouTube has provided this awesome vehicle for people around the world to share how they do their daily tasks – like cooking, cleaning, making dinner, dealing with laundry and kids and working full time, and staying at home… I could go on. There is very possibly a YouTube video for any topic you google.

I am an avid YouTube watcher – it started when I was pregnant. I really enjoyed watching other birth stories – the amount of women who have shared their birth via YouTube is amazing. But then I found that these same women generally were ‘vloggers’ (video bloggers) and that they shared much more than just the birth. I’ve since subscribed to a whole bunch and regularly check-in with how their lives are going.

I’ve learnt a bunch of tips and tricks to do with raising Ollie, but also in terms of keeping my house clean and what to cook for dinner.

YouTube can also be incredibly overwhelming though – there is a LOT of junk on there. And you can easily slip into the void of the YouTube universe and lose hours of time searching and clicking on boring old clips…

So – let’s do this The Empowered Cook way. I’ll share my top YouTube Kitchen Motivation channels with you and get you started. This is the list I wish someone had given me when I started!

The Best Channels for YouTube Kitchen Motivation from The Empowered Cook

Join the Jacksons

Ash, James and their three kids (Heidi, Archie and Louie) are an Australian family who post a YouTube video every single day. That in itself, is an awesome achievement. Their daily videos are well worth a watch just to see how another family lives their lives, but they also have some really practical advice to share too. There are a bunch of good recipes included too – I particularly like James’s cooking videos – they are super simple and easy to make.

Ash has just started her own spin-off YouTube channel too: Ash Jackson. So far the videos have been really great – and are more specially filmed and edited content, rather than the vlog style of their original channel. She has shared some great tips here too!

Live Simply

I am a HUGE fan of the Live Simply website. The recipes are amazing, but so are the natural cleaning tips and instructional guides. She is a great presenter too – and this is clear in her YouTube videos. Her quick recipes are shot beautifully, and she makes things look super easy – which is really motivational! I’ve tried a bunch of her recipes, and they have all been delicious. Highly recommended.

How Jen Does It

This YouTuber is a classic for cleaning and organisation. She also has a bunch of great recipes – especially slowcooker recipes. I followed her daily while they completely renovated their new home (I’d recommend those videos!). She also has some really great cleaning routine videos – showing you how to create a routine in your home, how to zone clean and she also has a complete series on how to get your home clean in 15mins a day. A great watch and completely achievable!

Homemaker on the Homefront

I really discovered this one when I was looking for motivational cleaning videos. What? Yes. Sometimes watching someone else clean up or organise their home is incredibly motivational. Don’t knock it until you’ve tried it!

This YouTube has a great collection of ‘speedy’ ones – they are sped up videos set to music showing her clean her kitchen at night. It starts out a complete mess with dinner everywhere, dishes all over and just general household junk all over the counters. But in a few minutes (love the sped up version – if only it was this fast in real life!) the kitchen is tidied up, and cleaned down.

This is something I’ve adopted in our house – the kitchen is always clean before we go to bed. It makes such a HUGE difference in the morning waking up to a clean kitchen. It makes me want to cook breakfast and start my day. I got this idea from my Mum originally, but it was this YouTuber who really demonstrated the difference it can make. And her kids are gorgeous – they often pop up in her videos, pulling cheeky faces at the camera. Check her out.

Our Farmhouse Life

I’ve followed along with this one for awhile now – the couple are just super cute and homey. They are slowly renovating their home – so we see them working together to build a family home. The kitchen itself now looks amazing. But she also shares some really great personal goals as she makes her way through all the challenges that come with having your own home. She is also a fan of The FlyLady – and has a great challenge series, where she explains various chapters of The FlyLady’s famous book. Again – a great watch.

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And there you have it – the best motivational YouTubers that I follow. Next time you’re in the kitchen chopping up veges for dinner, or you need some motivation on a Saturday morning to actually get up and clean the house – pop on some YouTubes. You’ll find it does work!

Already a YouTube fan? Who do you watch? Please share your favourites in the comments below. I’d love to add some more to my list!