It's easier than you think to prepare healthy meals.

EatingWell Editors

It's easier than you think to prepare healthy meals.

When you're, say, painting your house, you make sure you have all the proper tools around first to make your job easier, right? Well, the same is true for healthy cooking. If you're equipped with the proper tools-like a well-stocked pantry, some essential kitchen tools and equipment and a knowledge of basic cooking techniques-eating healthy is not only easy, but can be fun and relaxing as well. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need to know to get started on a lifelong pattern of healthy eating. We hope you'll no longer find it intimidating-especially when you realize you can get dinner on the table quicker than the pizza guy can ring your doorbell.

Start off by "Avoiding the Take-Out Trap"

Although it seems quick and affordable to order take-out or pick up something premade from the grocery store, those foods are often loaded with calories, fats, sodium and added sweeteners. Cooking for yourself is about taking control of what you put in your body and making sure it's healthy and nourishing. It not only offers a sense of accomplishment, it also allows you to prepare something healthy and tasty with the best and freshest ingredients for yourself and your family.