Making Dinner When You Don’t Like Making Dinner
We were on a retreat with our church. We had been married just about six weeks when an older woman came up to me and asked if I was getting tired of my regular recipes already. I didn’t know what to say. Regular recipes? We just make dinner to eat. Some nights were fancier than others. Sometimes I cooked, sometimes my husband did. We didn’t put a ton of thought into our cooking back then.
Some women get married knowing how to cook a lot of good and delicious meals. I did not. I could make tacos and steak. I figured out how to make chicken and a few other dishes. I don’t like cooking. Not really. I wish I did. I see people getting really excited about doing so but I just can’t get on board. Baking? Yes! But cooking is a different story. However, my family has to eat.
I have learned over the years to not overstress things. I have a few meals I know my family will mostly eat and I make those on a regular basis. Every once in a while, I will change things up.
So what should you do if you don’t like to cook but you have to? Here are some ideas:
- It’s okay to not like to cook. It’s really okay that you don’t like to cook. I come from a line of women that didn’t like to cook. It’s just the way it is. Now I know I could change. I watched Julie and Julia once and had a taste of what loving to cook would be like. I could end up being the Grandma that cooks, who knows? But for now, not a huge fan. Especially with my busy WAHM schedule.
- Don’t be afraid to try new meals. I have to tell myself this. I have a few cookbooks that have some amazing recipes in them. When I do take the time to make these meals, I enjoy myself…sometimes. This can depend on my mood. As much as my basic meal plan works for me and my family, sometimes adding something new can be a good thing. I also just tried Blue Apron which I will blog about later this week.
- Make things easy for yourself. This is how I have dealt with having to cook. I have a few meals I love to make. My most basic and yet most customizable meal is my chicken, rice and veggie meal. I can choose how to make my chicken, use different spices, vary the veggies and change up the rice. I also know that tacos will always be a big hit, even with my picky eater son. So we also have them often. I am not going to worry that we have the same meal two weeks in a row. That’s how we do dinner in this house.
- Have easy nights. We have easy dinner nights around here. We might do pizza or have leftovers or sandwiches and cereal. Something easy that doesn’t involve a lot of cooking. This makes life a little easier for me and allows me to cook better meals most other nights. These easy nights are best when we have somewhere to go at night after dinner.
- Crockpot love. Using a crockpot is a must for a WAHM or anyone with a busy schedule. You can start dinner during the day with minimal effort and your meal is ready around 5 or 6pm when you plan to eat. I would love to get a nice crockpot cookbook but for now, I just get creative or I do a Google search for “easy crockpot meals.” I have also been hearing more about the Instant Pot which I think is going to go on my Christmas list. From what I have seen that can save you time and help you create yummy meals for your family.
What about you? Do you love to cook or do you have to force yourself to do so each night? How do you make meals work in your home?