Wednesday, February 10, 2016

I hate making dinner

There, I said it. Does anyone else relate? I always feel bad about not enjoying to cook. My mom likes to cook, my sister likes to cook, lots of my friends like to cook, and apparently lots of people on Facebook either like to cook or just like watching someone else cook... Well, I appreciate all these people - and I love to eat good cooking! I just don't like to do it myself.

I'm going to be that grandma from Sixteen Candles, W/O the cigarette!

Here are my
Top Ten Reasons for Detesting Dealing with Dinner...
  1. The daily question, "What's for dinner?" with answer followed by a groan.
  2. The prep work - chopping, shredding, slicing, peeling, etc
  3. The recipe times for prep work are usually underestimated
  4. The splatter! I have an apron, but when I forget it, I inevitably stain one of my favorite shirts.
  5. The smell - great during, but it sticks with you for hours after and isn't as appetizing...
  6. Time to make = 30-40 min, Time to eat = 5-10 min, Time to clean up = 30-40 min
  7. At least one person has a complaint or suggestion on how to do it better
  8. The other annoying question, "Why can't we eat out?"
  9. No help, unless threatened at gun point to take away video game time
  10. Sometimes it's just not worth it.
Does anyone relate? It can be tough, but we still have to do it. So, being a problem-solver, here are some 
Ways to Take the Agony out of Dinner:
  • Turn on some tunes or put on a show
  • Pre-cooked and pre-chopped ingredients
  • Easier substitutions
  • Add-ins for personalization and picky palettes
  • It's healthier with fresh fruits and veggies we don't usually get eating out.
  • As the kids get older, they actually do appreciate more, try more foods, and help more.
  • Mostly, it reminds me of my mom and all the wonderful things she did for my sis and me growing up. She's the best!
Happy Mother's Day! (I know it's not May yet, but we deserve more than ONE DAY a YEAR!)


  1. I hate making dinner, too. I lack any true culinary skills, so there's usually a can or box or two involved in anything I make.

  2. I hate making dinner too! And breakfast and lunch, LOL. That's why I love for-real easy recipes.

    1. yes! easy recipes! like on the box make it a meal... i feel guilty sometimes tho... so thats magic in the kitchen night & looks like a storm hit!

  3. In that case I suggest you take some time every so often and make big batches of something you can freeze so that later down the road you can just take a portion from the freezer as you need it. Obviously you will have to build up a lot of stuff for a family, especially like Liz with 4 hungry boys to freeze. But it does keep all the chopping, cutting, slicing etc. to one time instead of every meal.

    1. excellent tip! and i should do individual servings with my 3 picky, hectic sched boys! thanks! i will give it a try!

  4. Hi, my name is Christine, and I hate making dinner too. I make sure my kid has a good breakfast and a well-balanced lunch at school. But when it comes to dinner, I flunk out. I'm a tremendously picky eater, so there's only a very few things I eat. My husband will eat anything. Before we had a child, we'd eat two different meals. But to make something for me, him, and our son? *falls over* It's rare we all eat the same thing. It helps when I plan dinners for the week, but I don't often do that.

    1. my hub is the worst picky eater & sets terrible example if he doesnt feel like eating wat i made he makes pbj et al... best part, he eats all leftovers for midnight snack...

  5. I actually love cooking, but I hate having to prep and make a meal after a work day! We started pre-prepping full meals that we could vacuum-bag and freeze and now we'll just thaw out a couple during the week and throw them in the pressure cooker. One day of prep can make a dozen or so meals without breaking much of a sweat. If it weren't for that, I'd have frozen pizza every night of the week!

  6. i agree, i like cooking, i just struggle with the mental and time drains! and my boys would eat pizza ev night too! but planning ahead def helps!


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