Post # 1
So I’m curious. There’s lots of threads about how often we cook.
But I often wonder, what do you considering “cooking”?
Is it throwing a frozen pizza in the oven?
Is stir fry to you throwing together a stir fry package complete with a sauce packet found in your frozen aisle?
Does having lasagna mean you are throwing in the oven a Stouffer Lasagna?
Is having a grain side Rice A Roni?
Or is having pizza mean making your own dough with homemade pasta sauce, with fresh topping ingredients?
Or is stir fry going to the produce aisle picking up fresh ingredients and cooking it up with soy sauce and other spices?
Or is lasagna making your own meat sauce, and assembling at home with fresh ricotta cheese, etc?
Is a rice side, white rice in the rice cooker, cooked brown rice from the bag, couscous, etc?
A combination of the two?
If so, which one is more prevalent?
P.S. The above are obviously just examples of meals. But the differential being the type of cooking you do in preparing the same items.
For us we are definitely type B. There are no prepackaged prefrozen foods in our home. Everything is made from fresh ingredients. No prepackaged sauces either. We even go to the extent of making our own pasta on the weekends. Smoking our own ribs/pork/brisket,etc. Making our own Canadian bacon. Own corned beef, etc etc.
So what type of a cook are you?
Post # 3
Can I come over for dinner? Sounds nom nom 😛
Anyways, we do a combo of things. If I am using anything prepackaged, we add veggies or what not to it.
Post # 4
Type B. My mom always told me there are shortcuts you just don’t take, like boxed mashed potatoes or minute rice. Occasionally I will eat a Digiorno pizza but that’s pretty much the extent of my use of pre-packaged food for dinner.
Post # 5
We try and make most of our stuff with fresh ingredients instead of buying frozen food. If we are too lazy to cook we usually pick up take out or something.
Post # 6
Pretty much everything we make is homemade with fresh ingredients, but we do use some pre-made stuff. For examply, I make my own tomatoe sauce but buy pasta. Make my own lasagna, turkey burgers, stir fry, etc. The onyl pre-packaged food we ever buy is the Morningstar “chicken” pattis. So yum, and so good for a quick dinner.
Post # 7
Definitely Type B! I feel like a failure if I pick up prepackaged food, lol–I don’t consider that cooking, but more on the same lines of getting take out. When I cook, I make everything from scratch (not like my own chicken stock or own pasta though!). It honestly usually doesn’t take that long, and I feel much more accomplished.
Post # 8
Definitely Type B–Fi and I both love to cook!
Post # 9
I do mostly homemade stuff, but I have no shame in steaming up some ready-made dumplings, using prego pasta sauce as a base, or grilling up some frozen veggie/beef burgers! Have you tried CPK frozen pizzas? Delicious!
Post # 10
We mostly use homemade everything because I love cooking! I make my own sauce, potatoes, rice But there are certain things I buy premade like Jelly, Mayo, e.t.c I dont make my own pasta, I buy fresh pasta from the store. but I dont buy ready cooked meals, LIke a precooked lasagna that just pops in the oven; thats not for me.
@ohheavenlyday: I cannot stand powdered mashed potato or minute rice.. it just has a certain taste to it!
Post # 11
I usually make things from scratch, but I don’t mind things like premade pie crusts or using frozen veggies occasionally instead of fresh for convenience. When we’re lazy we also have some go-to frozen foods like Central Market pizzas, frozen pumpkin ravioli, or boxed pad thai mix.
The prepackaged stuff usually has tons of sodium, so we try to go for fresh stuff as much as we can…but getting home from work at 7 doesn’t always leave me totally motivated! I do love the crockpot, too, because it usually allows us to make something homemade that’s ready when we get home exhausted from work!
Post # 12
B & C, depending what I have time for.
Post # 13
I try not to buy pre-packaged anything. No frozen meals in my house!! I make everything from scratch, including salad dressing. Yesterday we had homemade potato salad, spinach salad, vegetable and steak kabobs on the bbq. I even made bbq sauce from scratch. We go out to eat about once a month, but RARELY eat fast food. McDonald’s is limited to a couple times a year. However, I do buy alot of frozen fruits and vegetables. A fresh salad is a must for every meal. I am totally obsessed with what we eat, I have two kids and it definitely wasn’t like this before they were born. I used to eat popcorn for breakfast and chocolate bars for lunch
Post # 14
I am a B – but sometimes a C, in that I will “cook” a pre-packaged meal, but its funny because I don’t condsider it “cooking” its my lazy I don’t want to cook meal.
For when I do cook, I pretty much make all my own sauces, seasonings, and mix marinades. Fresh meats (I hate the pre-cut/ meats, like for fajitas that have the chicken or beef cut up already) and fresh sides.
But, for work we do take frozen meals for lunch – so the fresh meals are only for dinner.
Post # 15
B – because I LOVE cooking and it’s so much more fun making all of your own stuff!
Post # 16
I’m a type C with probably more pre-packaged stuff. DH is definitely Type B though!