How many times per week do you cook?

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I'm a working mom...9 to 5. By the time I get home it's 6pm. I still find time to cook dinner for my family. I cook maybe 4 to 5 times a week....than we eat out. I Actually...cook...with pots and pans not just chicken nuggets or Mac & Cheese. I have a friend who works but gets home around 3pm. She thinks I'm crazy. She maybe cooks 1 time a week....her son and husband have to fend for themselves....they eat out a lot..to Beef O Brady's and places like that..for wings, burgers ect. She's ALWAYS on a diet..has a great body...doesn't like to eat except salads. She finds time to work out. I don't...to busy cooking!!! LOL! She said none of her friends cook....I find that so hard to believe. I must be old fashion. We are both in our early 40's. I just want to get an opinion from the rest of the working mom's out there.

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Leeann - posted on 10/14/2011

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I have to cook every day, (unless we can afford to eat out) with my boys and husband they are like a never ending pit of hungry, I never have any left overs. my daughter is much easier.

Teresa - posted on 10/13/2011

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i cook once or twice a week. My son is 7 so he is easy and my husband and I live off of whatever i cooked Saturday. Monday night is cub scout night and since I am the denm other we eat out. Tusday is dance night and we eat out. Wednesday is church night and we eat out. Thursday is cook at home night and Friday is pizza night. Then we start all over again with the big meal I cook on Saturday that gets us through the week.

Karen - posted on 04/25/2010

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I cook Sun thru Thursday. Fri is you on Order out night and Sat is your on your own day.When my children became teenagers they would either be out with friends hanging out at the mall or movies.So no one was ever home to sit down and have dinner at the table,so I stopped cooking on Saturdays.If they are home they either order pizza or they had the option to make something from the frig.

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Isela - posted on 05/27/2014

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Well I have a question I feel like I'm the only person here who doesn't know how to cook anymore.. I'm a single mother of two I would cook every day when I was married after the divorce I had to look for a job and support my kids by myself thank God my mother helps me babysit my kids while I get off work, when I come home my they have already eaten and well I'm stuck eating by myself so after a while now I'm not such a great cook as I use to be... do any of you mothers have the same problem??.please don't judge this is hard on me already

Michelle - posted on 04/23/2014

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I cook in large batches, freeze single servings, and I do this about twice a month. My girls eat home cooked meals most days.

Linda - posted on 10/11/2011

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Call me crazy, nut I cook 6 days a week. I wake up at 5 am to cook lunch... I have to be at 7 at work! at night sometimes me, sometims my husband!! It's really tiresome, but once you get your schedule on, it's cool!

Nancy - posted on 10/06/2011

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I cook from scratch without using a ton of packaged foods a min of 5 nights a week and most often 6. At least one night there are leftovers and every now and then we go out. It is not healthy nor budget friendly to eat out all the time!

Kitty - posted on 10/06/2011

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i used to cook 5 nights a week eat out only2 now i cook i dont cook my shedual has changed i eat somewere else and and they cook dinner is always ready when I come in....:) I do miss cooking!

Donna - posted on 05/12/2010

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I cook most weekdays. My husband sings in a gospel group so we are on the road on Sat and Sun, and sometimes through the week. I have four boys and I have found that the supper time around the table is very important. Three of my children are older now, and they have fond memories of us having our dinner time each night and having time to eat together as a family. Yeah, it takes time to cook a meal, but I feel like it is time that is well spent. It is getting to be a lost "art". Most of my kids friends don't have that special supper time bond. They love coming here and joining us. I just had two of my sons friends that ate supper with us two nights ago. That gives me time to connect with them also. I am all about family time. I don't look at it as a chore for me to have to do it. I am in my 40's as well. It may be an old fashion thing, but I love it!

Susan - posted on 05/11/2010

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I cook about 4 nights a week - on Wednesdays I take the kids out for pizza, on Thurday my mother minds the kids after school and makes a meal and on either Saturday or Sunday my husband makes something. I get home around 4:30 or 5 and we eat aroud 6pm, so I have some time to make a meal, except on Wednesdays (swimming at 6:15) and Thursdays (Sparks at :6:30pm).
If I don't make a plan of 5 meals we are going to have at some point in the week, it all goes to hell and we eat take away chicken, or omlet and chips (both of which I quite like).

I find my bigger challenge is training myself to bring lunch to work!

Rachel - posted on 05/11/2010

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I work during the week till 7 and i still cook 5 night a week. It is not without planning and a great crockpot. I meal paln, which helps with my budget and knowing what I am going to cook when. Some night I use a crockpot and other i cook ahead so all my husband has to do it put it in the oven. It is very important for my family to eat a good hot meal. Mostly all the things we eat are good for you too. It is too exspensive and unhealthy to eat out all the time. The other two nights my husband cooks and every now and then we eat out. It important to me for my family to eat together and at home with each other!!!

Stacie - posted on 05/11/2010

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well I am only 19 years of age and have a 4 month old son and as I am not back to work yet I cook every day of the week for all of us. I dont find it a chore as i really enjoy cooking and I like to make new things and try different recipes

Karen - posted on 04/30/2010

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I am with your friend. I cook maybe twice a week but at least every Sunday. By the time I get home I am exhausted and just want to lay down. LOL!!

Jane - posted on 04/30/2010

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i cook everyday and wot is left over i freeze or make something with it the next day. i work and as a family my sister mum and dad we all chip in they cook at least one meal each for my family every week..

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2010

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and by the way, i dont use boxed dinners, sometimes boxed side dishes like noodles or rice, but i make real food.

Aenea - posted on 04/30/2010

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heck you got to eat right, maybe she should prepare her meals a week ahead. do crock pot meals you know things like that. so it would be easy to heat up. have her go to www.tastefullysimple.com/web/ntuttle theirs alot of receipes on here that are really good and taste as if they went out to a resturant.

Amanda - posted on 04/30/2010

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i cook 5-6 nights a week. real food like you said. if i have to work late, i put something in the crock pot before i leave. if i cant cook, hubby does. one night a week we have a leftover night. we only eat out maybe two or three times a month. i prefer to make home cooked meals and my family prefers to eat them

April - posted on 04/30/2010

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i am a full-time working single mom with two teenage boys. i cook for them about 5 times a week and we sit down together as a family when eating. with me being a single parent and living on just my income alone, cooking at home helps to save money and not only that i get to monitor what my children are eating and just knowing that they are eating healthy makes it all worth it.

Sheila - posted on 04/30/2010

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I cook every day (no pre-packaged or processed foods). It's healthier and less expensive than eating out. We also have the left overs for lunch the next day if there is enough (we've been 'brown bagging' for the past five years). Fast food is considered a "treat" in our household. Sitting down for dinner brings the family closer together and the children learn proper table manners - which seems to be lacking with many these days. They also help in the prep work and clean up. So those on a budget, GET COOKING!!!!!



HINT: for those long work days, slow cookers are great :)

Mariam - posted on 04/30/2010

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iam cooking every day as i reach home 2:30pm , my maid helps me also , i cant imagine how moms who have the chance to cook , they don't & let their children eat the fast & unhealthy food.

Noleen - posted on 04/29/2010

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Hi, Don't feel alone. I also cook every day a full family meal. Sometimes we buy take out on a Friday evening. I am a working mom to, get home by 5pm and my first and most important is to make a wonderful meal for my family. I love the kitchen and love making meals for the family. I even make time to bake something once every week. If they call it old fashion, so be it but my family enjoy every moment of it.

Candace - posted on 04/29/2010

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My husband and I work shift work and long hours and we have a 2 year old. I have to say I love the slow cooker, I also use a bread maker and if I am going to be especially short on time I plan ahead and put together a few casseroles for the freezer.
I am lucky to have a husband who loves to bake so we often have fresh muffins,banana bread and sometimes cookies available to eat.

Maria - posted on 04/29/2010

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I also work 40 hrs a week and attend college full time. I cook about 4-5 days a week as well, I like that our family can eat at the dinner table together. Although there are days that I dont get to do that, but my husband usually steps in and cooks dinner.

Tania - posted on 04/29/2010

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Hello there! I cook too and im 33! It isnt old fashioned, its just we have standards for our family that we like to keep! that is how my mum raised me! It shows dedication and responsibility for what our children eat and also represents hard work! And yes the last class in the gym is when we are cooking after our work shift but the children dont care about a fit parent as much as one that is caring for them at home even though we are tired! My husband cooks in the weekends and i cook Mon-Thurs! Friday i take away!!x

Jennifer - posted on 04/29/2010

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Both my husband and I work full time and make meals (pots and pans) every night of the week. Thsi is how we grew up and thsi is how we want our children to grow up. Learning healthy eating habits and sitting down togetehr at a meal. It is hard after a long days work and evening activties so from time to time a quick meal will come into play, but not very often. I think this is very important and what might be lacking in todays society.... Just my two cents :)

Sarah - posted on 04/29/2010

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I work full time in retail and manage to cook at least 4-5 days a week. I cook big meals on my days off and smaller, faster meals on late days. I want my children to eat healthier food so I try to avoid going out to eat and fast food in general. It's not easy to cook but if she wants to stay on a diet but still provide her family with nutrition, maybe she should invest in a Crockpot so she can make meals for them and then they spend less on going out to eat because she doesn't want to cook. I don't see a reason why women/ men can't cook a meal whether they work full time, part time or not at all.

Paula - posted on 04/29/2010

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i work full time my hrs change alot i can be in at 530 am or later get off between 4-9 most days i think family meal time is very important
i dont have alot of time between homework baths supper sometimes i get to sit and watch a movie

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Well if you are a Latina like me it's not old fashioned to come home and cook for your family. I work and get home at 5:30 pm workout then cook a full meal from scratch no nuggets or frozen foods. It is not that difficult to cook you can start something like rice, mashed potato, fit in cleaning, washing working out then finish the meal, it is better for your family and the reward of serving this meal makes me feel proud to be a mom. So Hurray for all the moms that take the time to think of their families and not themselves, you knew that when you became a wife and mother that you had to take care of your family just like your mothers did, we are made tough now a days we work, and we take care of our homes. JUST DO IT!!!!!

Sarh - posted on 04/28/2010

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My fiance has been cooking. Now that he is going back to work I will start cooking. We have not eaten out since January. Mainly, money shortage. If either of us does not feel like cooking a complete meal we make something simple and small. I work 2nd shift so I normally don't get home until around 11 p.m. so he cooks and feeds himself and my daughter. If he didn't have to feed her don't get me wrong he would not be cooking anything, but PIZZA!!! But, he knows I will not tolerate that for my 4 yr old every night. lol. If your cooking 4-5 nights a week thats great!! Some nights my daughter doesn't get home from daycare till 6:30 so if one of us is not home cooking we make something small and simple because she has a bed time of 8 p.m.

Peggy - posted on 04/28/2010

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Because I work from home, I tend to cook every night but.. I have been getting a treat here & there & the girls have been cooking :) sometimes they will call a night or two a month
* find what u want night* lol Hubby will cook mostly weekends because hes home & Loves to grill :)

Tawnie - posted on 04/28/2010

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I cook about 4-5 times a week. Mostly because all the fastfood places we have are burger king taco time and subway. All 3 are nasty

Corina - posted on 04/28/2010

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When I was working I used to cook six days a week because are budget could not afford more than one day of take out. I also found time to exercise at night for 30 minutes as well. I think the key to successfully having home cook meals is planning. I think your friend is not the only one..my sister eats out all the time because she says she does not have time to cook. It is hard at first, I personally do not want my children to have fast food on daily basis.

Sam - posted on 04/28/2010

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I'm a single mum of 1 and I have a very stressful job which is not just a job it's a life style, this still doesn't stop me from cooking fresh food 6 days per week, I cook everything from scratch and have fresh veg with everything, there are very few things more important than a child eating the right things. People say it takes too long doing things this way but actually it probably takes less time making meals such as spag bol from scratch than it does waiting for things to cook in the oven!

Lisa - posted on 04/28/2010

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EEKKKKK, Okay
I cook breakfast
I cook Lunch
I cook dinner
times 7 I cook 21 meals a week on average..............

Hey, Im a chef!!!

Halima Salat - posted on 04/28/2010

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Am a journalist and I work 12 hours a day! I got back to work when my daughter had not even turned three months, so cooking has always been the once the weekend kinda thing. My family is small, just my 5month old daughter and my fiance who is currently in Europe. When he is around, we cook together, while conversing about the day. We actually dont have an eating table but we have adapted to the ritual of eating from one plate. We can eat anywhere including the bedroom. When my daughter is suckling he waits for me and reheats the food once am done. I think every family has their own style and cooking/meals is one of the things that bind families together. Be as old fashioned as you can be coz thats where the good family values come from

Mona - posted on 04/28/2010

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It's nice thing to have this feeling toward your family, i have the same too but most of the time i'm tired i should have time to rest, to help them doing their homework, talking about their day, so there is no time for all of this, all i can do is just cooking twice for the hall week , so i cook today for the coming three days, or to prepare the food to be ready in 15 min, i think this is a good idea to feed my children healthy food and in the same time have the chance to do more activities specially they do to club in the week end for swiiming training...this the working mom and the busy children :-))

Kate - posted on 04/27/2010

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The crock pot needs to be your best friend!! I made a baby turkey in it last night and it was wonderful. You can make anything and its quick, tasty and EASY! They have some great recipies online too!

Denise - posted on 04/27/2010

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I am usually not home at supper time but I almost always have something prepared for the family for when they get home. I use my crockpot a lot and even prepare things before I leave for work and keep it warm in the oven. We may eat out approx. 1x per week. If I don't cook there is always something easy and fresh for hubby to prepare quickly. We live as preservative free in this house (my doing) and there really is no reason to not have a nice, healthy, hardy homecooked meal every night with the inventions of slowcookers, crock pots, and timed ovens. Sound like you friend is lazy and looking for a good escapegoat to justify her answer.

Koodos to you!

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I think everyone has their own schedule that works for them. I also have an 8-5 job, full time college student and single mommy. I cook 6 times a week if not 7. I feel weird when my son eats out more than once a week, I feel like he isnt getting the proper nutrition he needs. Sometimes dinners are just macaroni and cheese and baked chicken, but I believe that it is alot better than having McDonalds all the time. And even if you do order out, there are still healthy choices for everyone. It definitely is hard sometimes trying to eat before 8pm and then get my son into bed at a decent hour, but everyone does the best they can and I think that in the end it will pay off. Keep your heads up ladies! Its a toughie!

Rebecca - posted on 04/27/2010

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i usually work from about 9 to 12 and then from 1 to 2pm everyday...after that its time to clean up after my extremely messy children lol. then i get to cooking around 5pm. i try to cook about 5 to 6 days a week. weekends are usually my lazy time...and then we order out or go out to eat with the kids...

Virginia - posted on 04/27/2010

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I work full time and cook every night except Friday. I cook so my family doesn't have to eat unhealthy food, like wings, burgers etc. In my opinion, it is better to be a little more tired than my friends if it means that I am giving my family the most healthy food that I can.

Hadoola - posted on 04/27/2010

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i cook somthing that would last for 2 days..so i cook about 2-3 times /week..

Ashley - posted on 04/27/2010

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I work 7-4 now and i cook dinner almost every night. maybe once every 2 weeks I decide that I'm not cooking. I just get tired of it and feel like i'm about to make something we just had.

Nicola - posted on 04/27/2010

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I cook, generally from scratch, pretty much every day too. If we go out into town on a Saturday then we'll eat out at lunchtime, but mostly it's me! I get home at about 5.30-ish and launch myself into prep. I try to have a vague idea of what the week's menu is so that I can get meat out of the freezer in the morning to defrost. If I want to make a casserole, or I know I've got a time-pressured evening, I'll make dinner the night before after we've finished eating that night's meal. I've even been known to prep casseroles at 7.15am and leave it in the oven on the timer! We eat quite a lot of pasta and rice dishes, and I try to make them vegetable heavy, but there are mutterings if it's totally meat-free... *sigh*.

I also do most of my own baking, as this is my addiction. I like to make sure the kids have something home-made in their lunch boxes every day... However, if the weekend is a bust, I will buy Penguins instead. I just object to buying a cake that I know I can make myself!

I have a breadmaker too, so although the rest of the family prefer bought sliced bread for their sandwiches, I've always got a loaf for my sandwiches and toast for the others. In fact, last week, I discovered that my loaf had gone; my husband swore blind he'd finished it the night before, but I had made sandwiches for the following day a couple of hours after he'd had toast, and definitely used that bread! I still can't work out where the rest of it went...

Melissa - posted on 04/26/2010

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Define cook :-) Gourmet...yeah not so much. I cook more lunches than dinners, but I work evenings. I work about 50-60 hrs. a week so I want to spend as much free time playing with my toddler. I am doing good to cook two dinners a week.

Sky - posted on 04/26/2010

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i only work 27 hours a week right now but family timmy husband and i cook 7 days a week unless there is a special occasion or we have a LOT of friends over, in which we cook the entree's and buy the salads/desserts etc. to cut back on dishes. we find it important to have greens, and a well prepared dinner in general every night...it goes with our "family time" policy we have dinner at the table with no TV on, or radio, etc. We just enjoy each others company, it helps us all relax and enjoy one another without fighting.

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