Okay, y’all. Here’s the honest truth:
I kind of hate cooking.
Whew. Felt good to get that off my chest.
Some people enjoy it (allegedly), people like Jenny, but alas. I am not one of those people. Unfortunately, as the stay-at-home member of our household, pretty much all the cooking falls to me. And by “pretty much all”, I mean “ALL.”
I love baking, but we can’t live on cookies alone (I tried during the late ’90s and it wasn’t pretty) and everyone around here expects, like, three meals a day, so I do a lot of resentful, embittered cooking. Yeah, it tastes as good as it sounds.
Anyway, I’m trying to figure out a way to approach meal-planning that doesn’t make me want to cut someone, and along the way I’ve figured out the importance of stocking one’s freezer with “emergency food.”
There are a lot of things I make in batches and then freeze most/all of:
Also, when I cook anything, I try to freeze leftovers instead of putting them in the fridge and hoping they get eaten. Most soups freeze beautifully, as do cooked meats. For example, when I make this roast pork, we’ll have it usually as a bowl meal the first night, and then I’ll freeze the rest. Later, I can pull a bag out of the freezer along with a bag of refried beans and tortillas, and most of the work is done for a burrito or taco night. Or instead I could grab some ciabatta rolls to go with it, add ham, cheese, and sliced dill pickles, and make Cuban sandwiches.
Or say it’s been a long week and I know come Thursday, I am not going to be able to wrangle JB and get dinner on the table. On those rough days, I can thaw some soup, bake some cheddar-parsley freezer scones to go with it, and slice fruit: dinner served and Mommy sane. Honestly, the only thing that keeps us from eating cereal four nights a week is my being able to improv something out of the freezer.
There are lots of people out there who do super-complex freezer cooking and I’m in awe of them, but I’m just not that motivated. Instead, I find that by focusing on keeping things really simple and trying to be creative with leftovers, we’re able to eat home-cooked food pretty much every night. And considering how much I seriously hate cooking, I think that’s a win.
Tell me: if you are also a cooking-hater, how do you survive putting meals together?