Okay, y’all.  Here’s the honest truth:

I kind of hate cooking.

Whew.  Felt good to get that off my chest.

Some people enjoy it (allegedly), people like Jenny, but alas.  I am not one of those people.  Unfortunately, as the stay-at-home member of our household, pretty much all the cooking falls to me.  And by “pretty much all”, I mean “ALL.”

I love baking, but we can’t live on cookies alone (I tried during the late ’90s and it wasn’t pretty) and everyone around here expects, like, three meals a day, so I do a lot of resentful, embittered cooking.  Yeah, it tastes as good as it sounds.

Anyway, I’m trying to figure out a way to approach meal-planning that doesn’t make me want to cut someone, and along the way I’ve figured out the importance of stocking one’s freezer with “emergency food.”

My definition of “emergency food” is this: meal components that can be put together to form a meal or to round out a meal with minimal cooking.

There are a lot of things I make in batches and then freeze most/all of:

Also, when I cook anything, I try to freeze leftovers instead of putting them in the fridge and hoping they get eaten.  Most soups freeze beautifully, as do cooked meats.  For example, when I make this roast pork, we’ll have it usually as a bowl meal the first night, and then I’ll freeze the rest.  Later, I can pull a bag out of the freezer along with a bag of refried beans and tortillas, and most of the work is done for a burrito or taco night.  Or instead I could grab some ciabatta rolls to go with it, add ham, cheese, and sliced dill pickles, and make Cuban sandwiches.

Or say it’s been a long week and I know come Thursday, I am not going to be able to wrangle JB and get dinner on the table.  On those rough days, I can thaw some soup, bake some cheddar-parsley freezer scones to go with it, and slice fruit: dinner served and Mommy sane.  Honestly, the only thing that keeps us from eating cereal four nights a week is my being able to improv something out of the freezer.

There are lots of people out there who do super-complex freezer cooking and I’m in awe of them, but I’m just not that motivated.  Instead, I find that by focusing on keeping things really simple and trying to be creative with leftovers, we’re able to eat home-cooked food pretty much every night.  And considering how much I seriously hate cooking, I think that’s a win.

Tell me: if you are also a cooking-hater, how do you survive putting meals together?