My Dad was never a big cook growing up. We had many meals of heated up Dinty Moore beef stew (I still love that stuff…yum…), frozen fish sticks (wait, I still love those too…), and frozen egg rolls (I never really liked those at all). He looked at time spent fixing dinner, was wasting time on many levels. Since I really don’t like to cook? I have kinda adopted the same line of thinking. Cooking is simply another chore to me. Like cleaning the toilets. It’s something that I need to do for the good of the family, but I’m not going to put any more time into it than is truly necessary.
When my mother-in-law makes baked beans, they are always baked beans. She puts the beans in a dish with the other ingredients and bakes them. I never knew that’s why they were called “baked beans” until I saw her do that the first time. Mine would be more aptly called Baked and then Canned and then Sold At Target and then Bought by me and then Opened and then Heated On The Stove Beans.
We went to my friend’s house for dinner one night, a few years ago. LilZ asked what we were going to have and I said, “Lasagna.” When we got there, my friend was lining the dish with the noodles and scooping ingredients into the dish. LilZ whispered to me, “I thought we were having lasagna?” He had never seen it made from scratch since ours always comes out of the box from the freezer.
I guess there are a few factors making me a lazy-ass in the kitchen.
1) I don’t like to cook. I don’t find a lot of thrill in trying new recipes or new techniques. So, time spent cooking, something I don’t like to do means time spent not doing something I like to do. Like playing with my kids, talking to my husband, or soaking in the tub. (HA! You all know I’m really just watching crap on TV, right?)
2) I have no preference over the taste of foods from my kitchen. Now, when it comes to foods other people cook? Or restaurants? I have preferences. But, when it comes to food in my home made by my hands? It is all good to me. There are no meals I like more or less than others – in terms of taste. I will just eat whatever is there. So, there are not taste-issues encouraging me to spend more time preparing different types of foods. In reality? I enjoy a dinner the most that took me the least amount of time to cook it.
3) My husband will eat anything. Now, he definitely has preferences as to what he likes better than other things. But, when it boils down to it? He has rarely EVER complained about meals in our home. Usually, his only complaint is, “That…again?” Because I honestly cook the same meals almost every week. But, he’ll eat anything. If he were a picky eater, or demanded higher quality foods, that would be different. Well, first, he would have never married me, but also? I might be more motivated to cook a variety of meals.
Or, I’d be more motivated to make him cook a wide variety of meals.
Either way, he’s not picky. He doesn’t mind the Spaghetti, Chili, Stuffed Potatoes, Frozen Lasagna, Quesadillas, Pasta Salad dinner rotation every week. Sometimes, I’ll throw in a Stoffer’s frozen dinner (Grandma’s Chicken and Rice Bake) to spice things up. Or maybe, veggie burgers! Exciting! Hell, after this entry I may be adding Dinty Moore an fish sticks to the menu in honor of my Dad. MrZ and LilZ won’t know what hit them. Two new meals in ONE WEEK.
Essentially? I’m probably the worst wife/mother in the world, if you were grading me on my culinary performance alone. But, I’m fine with that. Actually, I’m here to see if any of you do the same thing? And if so, do you have and 5 minute prep meals you want to share with me? I really like recipes that include the can-opener and the microwave. You should also know that I only have, like two spices in my spice rack. I am also very cheap. And I don’t like buying fresh things because inevitably they go bad before I use them.
And don’t pull the, “Prepare meals on the weekends! And then freeze them!” technique. That contradicts the I Hate To Cook mandate. It also goes against the I Like To Sit On My Ass On The Weekends clause I’ve instilled in my family dynamic.