A quick tip for cooks, whether or not you make things from scratch or not.
Try and keep fresh herbs in your kitchen. I prefer to keep parsley, mint, and basil in the very least on my windowsill because I can just pop off a few leaves and throw them in my ramen or soup or what-have-you and it’ll turn everything into a delicious work of art with little to no fuss and puts a little more green into your diet. (A sprig of mint in your chili or spaghetti sauce cuts down on the acidity, for those of us with sensitive stomachs)
Another good thing to keep around is an aloe plant. They’re very easy to care for and are great for when you burn yourself on the stove or a hot plate. As long as you water everything every few days and give them plenty of sunlight, you’re kitchen not only looks a little brighter, but becomes a little bit of a garden, too.
If you’re having trouble finding these plants for a decent price, try going to your local grocer. I found my aloe plant for $5 mixed in with the flowers; it was a little small but it’s nearly quadrupled in size in less than five months.
You may also find plants during the summer at your local farmer’s market. They can get a little pricey there, but you’re more likely to actually get a healthy plant.