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May 29, 2012 3:08 PM Subscribe
How can I learn to like cooking?
posted by Sassyfras to food & drink (32 answers total) 43 users marked this as a favorite
I'm a stay-at-home-mom of three. I've recently realized that I really dislike cooking. Baking, I love. But we really can't eat the most delicious cookies and cake all the time, can we?
So, how can I learn to like cooking? I'd like to make tasty meals for my family more than twice a week. But thinking up menus + grocery shopping for stuff + finding the time prepare + finding the time to cook it all up = I'm too tired just thinking about it, so how about we go out to eat (again) or have pancakes for dinner (again)?
A few difficulties for me:
1. Dinner-time comes at a time when I'm most tired. I'm low-energy anyway. But, even when I could throw something in the crockpot, I typically flake out of doing that as well. So, not sure that tiredness/low-energy has anything to do with it other than it being a pretty decent excuse.
2. Grocery shopping - due to some anxiety with going to the grocery store I tend to put off getting groceries. Also, spending money and finances stress me out a lot. Although this means we go out to eat a lot = not good for the wallet but for some reason that's okay.
3. The effort to come up with menus. That's just as draining as anything else associated with cooking. My brain just isn't functioning beyond "pancakes for dinner."
4. Food that I make doesn't taste good to me. I could make something really super delicious and it won't taste good to ME. Why put all that effort into a meal when it just makes me gag? I've had genuine compliments on some things that I've made, but for some reason when I make something it's not tasty to me.
I should be able to put together some good nutritious tasty meals for my family. My kids are (basically) in school all day. I have the time, but lack the "want to."
Any ideas? Has this happened to you? How does one go about learning to like to cook?