Weighing In: What can I do when I don't feel like cooking?

Heather Reese Health Guide
  • Question: My husband and I really want to eat healthy and limit the amount that we eat out but when I get home from work the last thing I want to do is cook. Do you have any suggestions?

    Heather: I completely understand where you’re coming from. We live in a hectic, fast-paced world and sometimes it would be nice to come home to dinner instead of coming home and then preparing dinner. But eating out or ordering in is not a healthy solution. Restaurant portions are two to three times larger than recommended portion sizes and higher in calories, fat and sodium than home cooked meals.

    Batch cooking is a simple way to cut down your dinner preparation time. Trying cooking multiple servings of your favorite meals on the weekends and freeze single or family sized portions to eat later during the week. This way you can pull out your favorite meals, throw them in the microwave and in a few minutes you have a healthy, home cooked dinner. Add a salad or veggies that you can steam in the microwave and steamed brown rice for a well-balanced meal.

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    There are also companies out there that provide the kitchen facilities, ingredients and packaging for batch cooking. In any given evening you can prepare a weeks worth of meals in pre-packaged, ready-to-freeze containers. These companies give you the option of dividing your meals into smaller if you aren’t feeding an entire family. In fact, these companies support groups coming in to cook together so you can turn your batch cooking evening into a night out with the girls.

    Crockpot cooking is another really simple solution to your problem. And in fact, there are tons of cookbooks out there entirely devoted to slow cooking. Crockpot cooking couldn’t be easier. You throw all the ingredients into the pot, turn it on and you can come home to a prepared dinner.

    If you and your husband get home from work around the same time, you could prepare your dinner together. This can be a fun way to bond and decompress after a hectic workday. It enables you to refocus on each other and create a healthy, home cooked meal at the same time. Experimenting in the kitchen together and trying out new recipes together can be fun and exciting.

Published On: August 15, 2008