cooking at home

@mtoxales (374)
Canada
April 14, 2007 8:07am CST
Do you cook at home? If you do, how do you cook? Do you have a meal plan for the whole week or do you just decide what you will prepare when it's cooking time? If you don't cook at home, do you dine-in or take out food or order food?
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@lightningMD (5933)
• United States
14 Apr 07
We cook at home. I try and make up the whole weeks menus on saturday before hitting the grocery store. I survey the freezer and cupboards. Figure out what we have and what we need to make it through the week. Occasionally we will stray from the menu but not very often.
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@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I also want to try planning our meals for the whole week but I am just so lazy to do it. Also I am a new cook so I cannot plan ahead and end up listing twice of the same recipe. Maybe I'll try this when I know a lot of recipes already.
• India
14 Apr 07
Yes I cook at home. I do not make a week plan but just one day before I decide that I am going to cook tommorrow for breakfast,lunch and dinner, so plan that way.Some days holidays I donot plan and whatever comes to my mind I make. Once in a month I plan and we dine outside and bring something to eat. So this is the way I plan my cooking. What do u do?
@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I don't really have a week plan because I don't know much recipes yet. Usually at night I think of what I will cook for the next day. The dish that I cook is usually good for lunch and dinner. And then I don't cook for breakfast. Once a week, we take the kids out and we eat wherever we go to.
• India
6 May 07
Thanks for the response. As I am working I need to plan otherwise when I have holidays I do not plan anything ,I make something, and if something is needed for that I can always get from the nearby store. So anyway I know many recipies.And mostly I prefer home cooked food. And now you also learn new things and pl. make breakfast a must. Breakfast is really important.Thanks.
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@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
7 May 07
I agree that breakfast is a must. We also do not leave the house without eating breakfast. What I meant by not cooking for breakfast is that I am not literally cooking. My kids like eating bread with peanut butter or sometimes cereal only so I do not really cook at all. But when my husband changes his shift to morning, probably I will cook again so he can eat and be ready for the day. =)
@KissThis (3008)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I usually cook at home. occasionally we will go out for dinner, not often. I keep alot of groceries in my home so that I really don't have to plan the meals weekly. I normally pick what we are going to eat the day before I am to cook it. Sometimes if the children want something special they will let me know a couple of days ahead of time so that I can make sure I have what I need.
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@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I also do a similar thing. We buy a lot of groceries and only pick what we are going to eat on the day I am going to cook because sometimes the kids picks on what they want to eat. So I have to decide what to cook depending on what they like on that day.
@mememama (3077)
• United States
15 Apr 07
I cook at home, I write out a menu for Sunday through Saturday. I buy those ingredients when I go to the store. I do admit to slacking lately, but this is generally what we do. It's easy to remember to thaw out the meat in the mornings when I look at what I'm making later that day.
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@lenapoo (674)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I am a sahm so I have plenty of time during the day to decide what everyone will eat that night for dinner. I switch up one week I plan ahead and then the next I just decide before cooking.It all works out because regardless of whether I cook my kids still have to eat.
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• United States
15 Apr 07
I TRY to have a plan for the week. Sometimes I don't get to it before it is off to the grocery store. When that is the case than I just "wing it". I'll get all the basics and that usually means it will be basic meals for the week. Spaghetti, Vegetable soup, Burritoes/Fajitas, Hummus & Tabouli, Tofu nuggets with steamed vegies and roasted red potatoes, Nature's burgers with salad, Leftovers? There is a standby week in my house. :)
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@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
I usually get stuffs for basic meals too. But I only decide what to cook the night before or the morning before I prepare lunch.
• China
14 Apr 07
At times I cook at home,but every time I have to eat them all by myself,because the others often say the taste is bad!So uaually I order food or take our food,though it don't taste me well sometimes.I think I must improve the cook in order to get my delicious food.
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@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I am a new cook. I just follow recipe books and so far, my husband says that I cook just fine. I think if you have recipes to follow, it really helps. =)
@yuliahar (18)
• Indonesia
14 Apr 07
by asking my family member what they prefer to eat today. but sometimes, i already stock a few ingredient of food to make ant weekend so i spent much time with families rather than buying cooking ingredient.
@mtoxales (374)
• Canada
14 Apr 07
I also don't want to spend much time just doing the groceries. So I just stock up too.
@cjthedog64 (1554)
• United States
14 Apr 07
I usually cook at home. I only get a chance to get groceries about once a week, so I try to get the stuff needed for a few different meals along with the staples. I don't always have meals planned out for certain days, but I will try to get things out to thaw ahead of time. Things like side dishes I might wait until just before mealtime.
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@aweins (4203)
• India
18 Apr 07
yes, i alwayz cook at home. my hubby loves to eat the food made by me.i dont have meal plan. its alwayz like; ok, today , i wanna eat kidney beans, or today i wanna eat biryani, or stuffed paranthas or whatever he wanna have. so i at that time only prepare the things.
@emma412 (1156)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I raised in a household where we sat down and at as a family 6 nights a week (Saturday was the free day). Both my parents are excellent cooks and everything was always home made. I feel like a lot of how you are raised influences what you do now. My boyfriend grew up in an opposite household where from a young age they prepared their own meals for dinner. I prefer home cooked food so cook about 5 nights a week I make dinner. I plan out a menu for two weeks then go shopping for what I need. I actually take it a step forward and write my grocery list in order of how the store is layed out. For example, produce is the first section so that goes at the top of my list. It may sound anal but it saves a ton of time! The other two nights we usually eat out either going out to a restaurant or ordering in. I may love to cook but I do need a break!
@aweins (4203)
• India
15 Apr 07
yes, i cook at home only. i dont have any meal plan here after marriage in my hubby's place but we were having it before when i use to live with my parents. they use to plan for the whole week and then use to cook. i think that use to be the easy way as no time was wasted in deciding and asking people what they wanna eat today. you just have to check the menu and cook. but here, i cant do things of my choice. i have to live according to my in-laws. i do as they say, i cook what they want me to cook. thats it.