Bee's in their 20's

posted 2 years ago in 20 Something
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Sunset Hills Country Club

 

sway0060:  I cook when my schedule allows it, and my DH cooks when his schedule allows it. I went to culinary school, so I am a pretty good cook, and his dad taught him. With that being said, while we’re both really good cooks (we love home-cooking) we don’t do it as much as we should because we like to eat out. We cook about 3 times a week and eat out or get take out about 4.

Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 1975

sway0060:  Thats all I like from food… Cooking it myself. Never out of a box… And we eat out very rarely. I absolutely love it. I love controlling what I put into my food. I enjoy a healthy lifestyle. It’s also cost efficient. I would ask individuals in your life to teach you, look up recipes you would be interested in making and check out some cooking classes (Groupon will have deals sometimes). Get your feet wet with some practice. You make come to enjoy it once you get the hang. Good Luck!!

Post # 4
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Busy bee

sway0060:  I know how to cook but I honestly hate it. I find it frustrating to spend all this time and effort in the kitchen, then it’s over in 15 minutes and you’re left with this huge mess.

I like the bake, however. The results last, most of the time

My FI and I just moved in together and came to the agreement that he would do majority of the cooking. I do help..I am his sous chef i suppose. But what helps is we TRY to cook a meal that will last at least a day or two. We eat leftovers for lunch, then make a meal for dinner. We try new recipes all the time. I got a cookbook based on “6 ingredients or less”. We also like fitmencook.com and skinnytaste.com. Their recipes tend to be pretty straight forward and easy.

If you have the means, I recommend Blue Apron. Look into it

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016

Nope. I really don’t like it. What I mostly do is chop things up and make soups and mixed veggies and junk like that. Or I’ll make wraps with tortillas or pita bread. But actually cooking or baking? No, I just really detest it. My SO really likes cooking however, so when we move in together he already wants to do a lot of cooking which I’m perfectly happy with! In your situation, if you also don’t really like to cook but you SO is pushing you to learn, I think it’s only fair that he learn or teach with you instead of making you do it on your own because it’s easy to get frustrated when you don’t know what you’re doing and things start to get messy.

Post # 6
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I cook from scratch when time permits. FI doesn’t do much actual cookings.. he can make things from a box from the oven [for pizza] and the fryer are his best friends.

I cook more in summer than in winter, as in summer I work 12-16 hour days, and I have an hour commute each way.. you can imagine that this doesn’t leave a lot of time for doing much of anything, let alone cooking. I tend to do a lot of crock pot meals in the summer, as well as cooking out on the grill because it’s quick and simple.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m 21 and in grad school plus working 20+ hours a week, so I’m gone 7-7 everyday. I tend to make a lot of crockpot meals that I can just leave all day, but we eat a lot of hamburger helper when I’m home or I’ll cook chicken on Sunday to use on different meals throughout the week. Lunches are pretty much sandwiches for me, and DH takes clients out for lunch most days. We also grill steaks and bugers on the weekends, but I don’t cook anything fancy really. 

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

sway0060:  I LOVE to cook..it’s one of those things that, at the end of the day, helps me relax. But I didn’t always feel that way. It’s something you have to get into and to learn to enjoy. At the beginning, I always felt panicked and rushed…not relaxed at all. As you get more comfortable with cooking, it may become more enjoyable for you like it did for me.

Find some blogs you like. I can recommend a few that have easy, delicious recipes. That’s how I got into the swing of things.

On the other hand, if you don’t want to cook, don’t do it. It shouldn’t just be your responsibility.

In fact, FI asks me if he can help cook allllll the time. I usually say no, because I really do love it (and it’s a little “me” time), but I do let him chop things and do certain other little tasks I don’t feel like doing.

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I do, but I run my business from home so I have the time.  If I had to commute to work I probably wouldn’t as much.  

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I usually cook 5 meals a week. Some more elaborate than others, but I get off work before my FI so I try to have a meal ready for him when he gets home. My mom taught me how to cook growing up so I am not quite in your situation but I am always looking for new things to try. I get recipies and ideas from pinterest mostly.. and I am the type to get the general gist of what the recipe calls for and then tweek it a bit to my own taste. Watch cooking shows!! While they are generally more fancy and gourmet it will still show you the basics for cooking. And just start experimenting, you’ll probably need to try things a few times to get it right so dont give up 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee

I’m a pretty awful cook (seriously, I could tell you many, many stories –the best of which includes nearly burning down my ex’s house) and prior to meeting my now-FI, survived largely on mac & cheese, breakfast cereal, and cold cut sandwiches. However, FI is a whiz in the kitchen. In the more than 3 years we’ve been together, he’s cooked dinner for the two of us at least 90% of the time. It works for us because of our schedules (he’s still finishing up his degree and works about 10 hours/week while I work full-time and don’t get home until after 6 most nights), but I help out whenever I can (cut up veggies, make a side or a salad while he makes the main dish, etc). I also have worked to learn to make just a few easy meals by myself and will take over the kitchen and cook for him on occasion to give him a break.

Post # 12
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Busy bee

I love cooking, my FI and I both do. We cook together all the time. Normally while dinner is on the stove or in the oven, I’ll have him finish it while I throw together dessert. We make a date out of it, really and it’s a lot of fun. I learned a lot from my mother and from then on I’m pretty much self-taught. My FI actually learned a lot from me but he has a natural knack for putting flavors together that I would never think would be pleasing to the palate. He doesn’t mind the cleanup which is great for me 😉

Post # 13
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I used to cook every night (morning sickness has ended that pretty quick for right now though lol) I’m not going to lie, my husband suffered quite a bit from my bad cooking while I learned. God love him, he never commented no matter how bad it tasted. I find Pinterest is really good for ideas and then as I really like recipes, I print them out and file them in my recipe book. This is a favorite of my husband’s and its pretty easy to make: http://iowagirleats.com/2012/08/06/taco-pasta-bake/

Casseroles are amazing for dinners and almost always provide leftovers for lunch. This is another favorite: http://www.alexaeatsclean.com/2013/11/recipe-oven-baked-chicken-fajitas.html

Only advice I can reccomend to learning, is don’t get discouraged. Some meals just aren’t going to turn out. Its funny and you’ll end up laughing about it later. I once “served” fish that was practically raw because I didn’t understand how to cook it properly. We got pizza that night. 

Pasta dishes can also be incredibly easy and quick. Throw some pasta in a pot to cook and dump a jar of sauce over it after you drain it. 

Good luck learning and remember to have fun! (Also you cook, he cleans )

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee

sway0060:  We actually cook most of the time. Always breakfast and always dinner. Maybe once or twice a week we’ll go out instead.

We like to cook together and go shopping for all of the ingredients together. It’s much more fun when you can flavor things your own way!

It might make a difference, but we both have “8am-5pm” jobs so our evenings are free to cook. Some people with busier schedules might not have that.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

I love to cook and I’m good at it so I do cook from scratch most nights. What we do is pick out 5 recipes that we are going to make that week and buy everything for those meals on Sundays. That way I have everything I need during the week and I’m not trying to come up with a dish to make on the fly. The other two days are either eating out, leftovers or making something simple with pantry items. Lunches are usually leftovers or quick salads. If you don’t like to cook or don’t have that much time to cook, the crock pot is the way to go. Just chop everything up and stick it in there for the day. You will come home to a house that smells amazing and dinner is served! 

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