Post # 1
SO and I have really hit a rut as far as food goes. Neither of us enjoy cooking, both of us work full time and we are both sick of eating the same thing all the time. I generally don’t eat breakfast in the morning as I am not a morning person, am so bored of my work lunches and have little interest in cooking a big meal when I get home for just the two of us. The big problem I am having is that when I get home from work I am starving and want to eat now not two hours from now so I make something quick like frozen meat, frozen veggies and a sidekick. And then I have to figure out what we are supposed to eat for lunch the next day. I try and do slow cooker recipes but I don’t think about it till the day of and its too late by then to make it, so they end up being few and far between.
When we go grocery shopping we always buy the same stuff, its not bad food but its just always the same and we are both so bored of it. I find we throw out a lot of food because we get tired of eating it and it goes bad, like fruit, veggies, dips, sauces that sort of things. I have given up on deli meat completely as it never gets eaten, at leasts SO’s doesn’t, SO is terrible for not making his lunches with the food that goes bad first.
I have been trying to go back to basics with food, buying individual ingrediants instead of prepared meals as its cheaper and better for you but I find it takes so long to make things that we don’t eat until late. Most of the time SO and I aren’t home till 7 or 8pm at night meaning we eat and basically go to bed.
Does anyone have any suggestions.
Post # 3
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
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
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 # 6
Yes we have a crockpot, I have two actually, a large and small one. We have done the bbq meat thing tons, and it is awesome I agree. I honestly think I am just bored of food in general if you get what i mean, like chicken, beef, pork, fish, potatoes, rice, pasta, salads, apples bananas etc I have just eaten them a million times and I want something different even though I know there really isn’t anything different out there to eat. Oh well I will figure it out, I just have to figure out how to be more organized, I wish someone else could plan for me lol 🙂
Post # 7
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
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.