(Closed) Sick of food, No time to cook…. Any Suggestions.

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
380 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Sorry my phone is being special, anyhow it may sound bland but I live off of soup and salad. Soup or stew is crazy easy to make and you can find tons of heathly recipes on the net, plus its not like traditonal cooking and you can use a crockpot if needed. Salads can be really filling and different, I usually use chicken or samon. Agian not really something I have to cook being that i use a forman grill to make my meat like 80% of the time. Hope this helps.

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Post # 4
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would suggest making a meal plan for the week.  Sit down and figure out what you’re going to have, shop for those things, and then make them.  We do this every weekend and it has been very helpful both financially and during the week.  Since we know what we’re having, we can make a few things over the weekend when we have more time– even if it’s just cooking up 2 or 3 servings of rice, or one soup/stew, or prepping some veggies for stir-fry– whatever will take the most time that night and can keep for a few days in the fridge.  We write the menu on our calendar and whomever is home first (745pm-ish) starts making the meal.  It saves the hassle of “what am I cooking tonight” and it elimates the “we’ll just go out” bug (for the most part). 

I work 60 hours/week and find that if I can have one or two dishes cooked over the weekend, it elimates a lot of the hassle during the week– peas and rice, a curry, a soup/stew, lasagna, enchiladas, etc.– something that makes a handful of servings so we can both have it for dinner and one or two lunches.  I also will make up a batch of “egg mc muffins” over the weekend and freeze them.  Bake eggs in muffin tins, assemble the muffin, wrap in plastic wrap and foil, place in fridge the night before and then they take 30 secs to warm up.  Or, I’ll make a big pot of oatmeal, then I add my “fresh ingredients” the day of….

I think a lot of your problem is not being prepared/thinking ahead when you do have some time to do some cooking.  It takes a while to get in the habit, but once you have your menu, your groceries, and have done some time consuming prep work, the actual assembly of the meal might only be 20 minutes to warm things through/put finishing touches on things, etc.  Also, I used to not enjoy cooking until I dated someone who did enjoy it and we did a lot of cooking together; and it’s one of my husband and my favorite activities now.  I know neither of you enjoy it, but it might be better together?

I’m sorry this has become such a frustrating ordeal.  Food is delicious and a delight of life; I hope you guys can find your way out of the rut and find work nights to be less stressful/annoying!

Post # 5
6998 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

do you have a crockpot? my husband and i are on this crockpot kick – makes cooking simple since you just put ingrediants in and leaev it alone

my favorite right now – shreadded bbq chicken

throw 3 chicken breasts in a crock pot with a tiny bit of water and a bottle of bbq sauce – cook on high for 4-6 hours and then shred with 2 forks. EASY PEASY!

i usually just throw it all in a tupperware in the fridge for the week…we’ve made bbq sandwhiches with it, bbq chicken pizza, quesadillas with peppers – all really easy meals.

i highly suggest a crockpot -that way you can make a ton of food and use it for different things throughout the week.

Post # 7
7174 posts
Busy Beekeeper

When I get bored with food I start playing around with spices and herbs.  Or, I’ll dig up recipes online and give them a try.

I totally know what you mean about coming home, not wanting to cook – and/or cooking, eating, washing up – and then it’s time for bed.   It’s exhausting.

But – what’s the alternative?  Eating unhealthy food.  

That alone is incentive to me to at least try.  The more we try to do dinner at home, the easier it gets.  Some weeks are better than others and some weeks we throw out more than others.  We are getting better about buying what we need or using what we have.

Dinner doesn’t have to take two hours.  We can usually bust something out in 30 minutes or so.  The key is to have stuff in your fridge and then just throw it together.  I usually cook enough at night that I take whatever is leftover for lunch the next day.

I’m the type of person who could eat the same thing for days on end.  DH gets bored easily, so it’s a challenge to change things up.  Do you try doing different things with protein you tend to eat most often?  ie:  chicken:  stirfry, bake, bread, sauces, etc……. use different forms:  ground, legs, thighs, breasts, etc…. 



Post # 8
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Have you ever tried quinoa? I like it in casseroles or in cold salads. It’s definitely a different food than anything I ever grew up with! 

I also found adding nut butters to oatmeal was a nice change for breakfast, and cottage cheese is a great low fat snack. 

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