For the working parents that share cooking duties or for the stay at home Mom or Dad, making time to cook can be challenging. While there are many reason’s why a person may have a difficult time with this, there are some rather practical solutions that can be had.
For people rushing home to cook a meal, there are some understandable reasons why they may struggle to do this in a timely manner. Slow traffic, working late and the like are all viable reasons for not having time to cook. However, for the stay at home parent, many times, the lack of time could result from distractions or poor time management.
A busy day, children that need attending to or perhaps just taking some time to relax can eat up the time allotted to cook a meal. It can be challenging, but avoiding these sorts of distractions can keep dinner on schedule and it might just net a person some much needed downtime after dinner is finished.
Mind the Prep Work
Most home kitchens don’t come standard with a sous chef. That means the prep work is up to the cook as well. If a person is being consumed with too much prep work, which slows down the cooking process, either try less involved meals or look for easy to find kitchen tools that can help make quick work of a lot of prep that might have to be done when cooking certain meals.
Don’t Get Over Ambitious
Sometimes, a person’s appetite, or their appetite for cooking certain meals exceeds their abilities. There’s nothing wrong with trying a higher level dish, but if a person is doing this at the expense of serving a meal at a reasonable hour, it might be a good idea to tone down the menu a bit. In time, a person’s skill will improve and cooking more complicated dishes will be as easy as whipping up some out of the box mac and cheese.
While there may be many other reason’s why you’re having a difficult time cooking meals, there are things you can do to identify the problem and find some solutions. However challenging those solution may be, making time to prepare a good meal for you or your family can be satisfying and gratifying for so many reasons.