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  • #31
    Like some others...I try to cook up a bunch and freeze/refrig for the week. That way when I come from work to gym to home I don't have pots and pans resentment

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    • #32
      I don't cook very much. My husband is a good cook, but he really only does complicated recipes once or twice a week. Usually he'll make a big pot of something (stew, or curry or whatever - he'll triple or quadruple most recipes) and we'll eat that for several meals during the week - alternating with simple stuff like hamburger patties and roasted vegetables that only take a few minutes of prep. We usually freeze a serving or two of whatever he makes on the weekend for later meals, too. We eat salad for lunch everyday and our breakfast lately has been a sweet potato stew that he makes on the weekend and I heat up each day, along with some poached eggs that I make. If you don't mind eating the same dishes a bunch of times during the week, you can get by with a lot less daily cooking.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by KT79 View Post
        I don't cook very much. My husband is a good cook, but he really only does complicated recipes once or twice a week. Usually he'll make a big pot of something (stew, or curry or whatever - he'll triple or quadruple most recipes) and we'll eat that for several meals during the week - alternating with simple stuff like hamburger patties and roasted vegetables that only take a few minutes of prep. We usually freeze a serving or two of whatever he makes on the weekend for later meals, too. We eat salad for lunch everyday and our breakfast lately has been a sweet potato stew that he makes on the weekend and I heat up each day, along with some poached eggs that I make. If you don't mind eating the same dishes a bunch of times during the week, you can get by with a lot less daily cooking.
        I think one issue is that if you're eating mostly tasty meat and tasty vegetables, you don't have to constantly work hard to disguise the fact that the meals you serve are mostly grains. Meat is good hot or cold. It it good today, and it is good again tomorrow and the day after.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Lauri View Post
          I would think that, living in China, one would want to cook. Here in the states, we read stories of poison, rat meat and cleaning chemicals - all being sold to unsuspecting people in China who'd rather pay someone to cook for them. I do cook. I enjoy it and the more I know of food, the more I like having the control to omit the unnecessary ingredients others add.
          Lauri, without getting too much off topic, some people in China see America as a place where kids are shot in school and many people carry a gun. I have been asked more than once, "Where is your gun?". There is a basis for your belief in the safety of food in China just as there is a basis for the belief that school children in American get shot at an atronomically greater rate than in China.

          Originally posted by 252dlp View Post
          I don't cook. I just don't have the inclination nor the patience. I will throw something into a pan or pot, and occasionally the oven, but if it involves more than one step, I lose patience.
          Originally posted by mom23kids View Post
          I'm with you-don't like to cook and keep things very simple in the kitchen. I'm loving how simple primal eating can be-I've been able to keep meals to one frying pan for the most part
          Thanks. I think one step is often too much for me. I may put it in the pan and then get distracted with some other task and that item in the pan is not longer consumable.

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          • #35
            Originally posted by sthubbar View Post
            Lauri, without getting too much off topic, some people in China see America as a place where kids are shot in school and many people carry a gun.
            That's how the whole world sees america

            Originally posted by sthubbar View Post
            Thanks. I think one step is often too much for me. I may put it in the pan and then get distracted with some other task and that item in the pan is not longer consumable.
            If you do it right, the stir fry cooks while you prepare it. I basically put things in in the frying pan in the order of how long they need to cook, and the last ingredient or two only needs a couple of minutes before you can plate up.

            So don't get distracted
            Disclaimer: I eat 'meat and vegetables' ala Primal, although I don't agree with the carb curve. I like Perfect Health Diet and WAPF Lactofermentation a lot.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
              So, what do you eat there?
              Originally posted by Techie View Post
              You said you are in China, Ill hopefully be there in August and for 10 months afterward. You likely don't have a oven or microwave in your apartment, but I can't wait to bring home freshly plucked chickens or skinned animals to cook up over the stove. I'm going to try and find a crockpot while living there to be able to buy bigger cuts.

              You have potentially safe starches (tubers and maybe even rice once in a while) that you can cook too.

              What are you eating now? Just eating out every meal or subsisting on meat bbq's?
              Techie, hope you have a great time during you trip here. If you're in Beijing and want some tips drop me a note. Yes, we do have a microwave and an oven.

              I mostly eat out at restaurants and eat primarily meat and vegtables, stay clear of breads and pastas.

              The start of this discuss is that recently I am travelling for business and I have caught myself ording McD and KFC for delivery because it allows me to work in my hotel room and not "waste" 1.5 - 2 hours going outside finding places to eat and eating.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by magicmerl View Post
                If you do it right, the stir fry cooks while you prepare it. I basically put things in in the frying pan in the order of how long they need to cook, and the last ingredient or two only needs a couple of minutes before you can plate up.

                So don't get distracted
                Magicmerl, OK thanks.

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                • #38
                  I cook eggs and meat every few days; a few days a week overall.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by 252dlp View Post
                    I don't cook. I just don't have the inclination nor the patience. I will throw something into a pan or pot, and occasionally the oven, but if it involves more than one step, I lose patience.
                    I presume you add heat to the pot/pan before you take out the 'thrown in' food..........that IS cooking

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                    • #40
                      I work with many students from China, and some of them have never cooked in their life. Their parents do it so they can study since so much depends upon academic success and the competition is fierce. When they leave home for school and later work, they tell me that they can buy good and inexpensive meals such as stir fry meat and vegetables, dumplings, etc. very easily so they have no need to prepare food for themselves. You don't, or at least you didn't, need to have a chef to do the cooking. Nowadays, as our fast-food crap franchises itself across the planet like some sort of crispy carb-riddled cancer more and more people are choosing KFC and McD over these traditional food places. Street food may be the last stand in the end. So geography can really impact what you can eat when you eat out.

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                      • #41
                        Since my my wife, son and I all I go to the gym 3 times per week, it makes cooking difficult. We all usually aren't home until 630-700 PM on fitness days. That's becoming a nuisance, but the effects of the gym work are beginning to show.

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by sthubbar View Post
                          The start of this discuss is that recently I am travelling for business and I have caught myself ording McD and KFC for delivery because it allows me to work in my hotel room and not "waste" 1.5 - 2 hours going outside finding places to eat and eating.
                          Yep. I'm traveling in the states right now on business, in a hotel room.

                          I get a room with a kitchen, wake up early today (Sunday) goto Whole foods shop for the week, wake up every day at 5am and cook for the day. Just gotta do it.

                          But yeah, if not that, it would necessarily be KFC or whatever, as this country is a food wasteland.

                          Basically, in the US at least, not cooking = certainly getting fat. And there was that thing called feminism, so women won't cook. So basically everyone is fat.

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                          • #43
                            Originally posted by EatMoveSleep View Post
                            I presume you add heat to the pot/pan before you take out the 'thrown in' food..........that IS cooking
                            Sort of. Not probably what most people consider cooking, but I DO add heat, and occasionally I will move the contents of the pan or pot around so as to not completely burn one side only.
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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by KimchiNinja View Post
                              ...women won't cook.
                              Excuse me?

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                              • #45
                                I do cook, but I am a lazy cooker. Lately the frying pan has been my biggest friend when it comes to cooking. Some coconut oil or butter, a few minutes in the pan with some meat and veggies, maybe some eggs, boom, dinner. I don't really go in for all these complicated techniques and methods, ect. I am capable in the kitchen, enough so that I have done them before (and might if there are guests involved), but when cooking for myself I simply pull out the frying pan and do a quick "five minute, one plate" meal. I don't desire spending my whole day in the kitchen planning out "gourmet paleo/primal feasts."
                                "The cling and a clang is the metal in my head when I walk. I hear a sort of, this tinging noise - cling clang. The cling clang. So many things happen while walking. The metal in my head clangs and clings as I walk - freaks my balance out. So the natural thought is just clogged up. Totally clogged up. So we need to unplug these dams, and make the the natural flow... It sort of freaks me out. We need to unplug the dams. You cannot stop the natural flow of thought with a cling and a clang..."

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