(Closed) How many days a week do you cook dinner?

posted 5 years ago in Home
  • poll: How many nights a week do you cook?
    1-2 nights : (15 votes)
    9 %
    3-4 nights : (44 votes)
    25 %
    5 nights : (50 votes)
    29 %
    6 nights : (42 votes)
    24 %
    7 nights : (17 votes)
    10 %
    other : (7 votes)
    4 %
  • Post # 16
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    1214 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2015

    It depends on a lot of things! Lately fi has been doing lots of cooking because I’m in school full time and I work a part time job. We eat home cooked food almost every night though, even if it is leftovers. He cooks for 2 or 3 nights in a row, then we have a smorgasboard and everyone can heat up what they want. Every Monday we go to my parents for dinner, and once in a while on Tuesday I’ll pick up a pizza on my way home. The rest of the week, he cooks and I clean up. He also gives me a grocery list and I try to get the shopping done on Sundays. The kids also love the Chinese buffet on Sunday, so we do that often. It’s just too expensive to go out, even fast food, all the time. And I can’t stand prepackaged meals.

    Post # 17
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    6107 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I typically cook 7 nights a week. Occassionally we’ll go out to eat or order something on the weekends but I try to limit that to only about 2-3 times a month.

    Post # 18
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    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2014

    Generally 5nights but it’s often leftovers a couple of nights a week. I use the crockpot lots too. Then fri/sat night is usually take away or dinner out. My husband doesn’t cook so i would be annoyed cooking 7 nights a week.

    Post # 19
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    5219 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I try to cook, but it goes in spurts. I’ll get on a role for a month or so and cook 6 nights a week, really planning and prepping the meals. Not that they are gourmet, but that they are easy and there is variety. Then my mind goes all out of control and all I want is pizza, Mexican and Waffle House… pretty much on repeat. It’s a struggle haha.

    The crockpot is definitely my friend, though. It makes me feel better knowing that something is at home cooking for me while I am at work

    Post # 20
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    4515 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    It depends. I try to plan out meals most weeks, and I usually plan for 5, because I know that we’ll have leftovers build up eventually, or I’ll be able to throw together one of my easy fallbacks on the weekend if needed (meatloaf, stirfry, tilapia, etc.). Usually around 2 of those planned meals are crockpot dishes.

    I used to do most of the cooking, simply because of our schedules, but Darling Husband is unemployed at the moment, so he’s been taking over the cooking. I still plan the meals and make the grocery list, but he puts it all together, which is nice.

     

    Post # 21
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    213 posts
    Helper bee

    It largely depends on our schedules.  Usually I will cook big and time intensive meals on the weekend and we will have leftovers for during the week or for lunches.  DH works at home so it’s easier for him to cook during the week He will often cook simple meals 3-4 nights during the week.  When I have to work lots of overtime, Darling Husband does a lot more of the cooking and housework.

    There was a time about 2 years go when I was unemployed for about 6 months.  During that time then Fiance was basically supporting me fully.  I did all of the cleaning, cooking, gardening, etc. (not because he demanded it, but because it was my attempt to repay him for being so supportive of me when we weren’t even married yet.) however once I got a job the workload evened out a lot.  

    The best advice I can give you is to stop comparing yourself to anyone.  Do what works for you and your family.  As long as you are happy and your family is healthy than you’re doing an excellent job.  

    Post # 22
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    254 posts
    Helper bee

    I ususally cook 2-3 times a week. I have a partime job but I am usually home around 8pm so on my days off is when I cook dinner. When I was unemployed, I cooked every single night. 

    Post # 23
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    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Modern, Classic, Fun

    poetgal:  when I’m good, I meal plan for me and Fiance. I love cooking but let’s face it, when you both work full time it can get exhausting! I usually cook 3-4 days a week. One day during the week will Be a leftover or take out day, Fridays I never cook because we usually go out or order in, and weekends were usually out doing stuff. Sundays we’ll either be out and about, or it might be one if those “football Sundays” where we’ll stay in and I’ll make comfort food like soup, chili or lasagna and have some friends over. But I do most of my cooking during the work week to stay on track of my healthy eating. 

    Post # 24
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    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    poetgal:  Comparing yourself to your mum/anyone else is unfair. Everyone is different.

    You should focus on easy meals. I like meals that you shove in the oven :p with lots of veggies, very good. Supermarkets do a lot of ready cut root vegetables, with a bit of onion and some olive oil is great. You can always add couscous/rice/… You can cook enough for at least 2 meals (possibly even for lunch) and that helps a lot! You can do more time consuming meals during the weekend and put them in freezer 😉 Use the modern tools we have!! You can do that for meat/fish and veggies as well. Just remember to take them out in the morning so they defrost.

    Once in a while you can make your husband’s favourite meal and he will LOVE that.

     

    Post # 25
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    86 posts
    Worker bee

    I cook Monday-Thursday and Fiance cooks Friday-Sunday since during the week he works much longer hours than I do.  However, often on weekends we end up eating out for a couple of meals, which I’m fine with.  The only times we really eat out is if I’ve worked a really long day and I wouldn’t have time to even put pasta on when I get home.

    Post # 26
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    1531 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    average of 3 nights a week.  we both work full time, and sometimes we have to work late so then we eat out.  Working really cramps my cooking style.

    Post # 27
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    543 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 2014

    I used to cook almost never..like once a week.. We love to go out and we like to eat specific foods that I can’t make at home.. Like sushi, thai food, etc. but a little over one month ago we started a low carb diet ( no processed carbs, sugar, flour, baked things like sweets, cakes and pizza, no pasta etc). We eat a lot of vegetables, salads, fish, seafood etc. out carbs come from veggies, fruits, a little rice and baked potato some times. So I started cooking at home. And now I cook 5 nights a week; And breakfast and lunch 7 days a week. We lost a lot of weight and feel much better eating healthy . We still eat out twice a week; 1 time sushi and one time something else. We are planning on going out more when we are used to this healthy way of eating. At this point there is too much temptation that we might not be able to resist; like bread in the beginning and desert menu in the end of the meal. 

    Post # 28
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    6448 posts
    Bee Keeper

    poetgal:  As a kid, I grew up with meals cooked for me every day and every meal that I was home for.  So on the weekend, breakfast, lunch and dinner, during the school year week, breakfast and dinner.  Thankfully that notion didn’t carry over with my husband.  He is more than willing to split cooking time together.  So usually Saturday, Sunday and Monday I cook dinner.  He cooks lunch on Sunday.  The rest of the week we work an opposite schedule and don’t see each other.

    Post # 29
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    901 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2014

    I voted 6 nights, but it’s very often every single night.

    We both work full-time but Darling Husband has been working later for several months so I don’t have the prep help that I once did.  I have adapted by doing weekly meal prep on Sunday’s.  For example, while the oven was on for last night’s supper, I threw in sweet potatoes and spaghetti squash that I’ll be able to warm up easily later this week.  We will have leftovers from last night for tonight that just require reheating.

    This way we are able to eat healthier without it taking so long!

    Post # 30
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    2418 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2015

    I usually cook 3-4 nights a week. I work a part time job 3 nights a week on top of my full time job and that doesn’t leave a lot of time for cooking.

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