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  • How Much Time Do You Spend in the Kitchen?

    How much time do you spend in the kitchen every day? Do you spend more on the weekends? Do you cook ahead? Do you just throw something on the grill every day?
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  • #2
    Originally posted by Twibble View Post
    How much time do you spend in the kitchen every day? Do you spend more on the weekends? Do you cook ahead? Do you just throw something on the grill every day?
    I spend a -lot- of time in the kitchen and I've really been trying to cut it back. I just read this article yesterday and it gave me some great ideas on how to spend less time in there.

    I'm going to try cooking an entire week's worth of food on sunday and then portioning it out into tupperware and then straight into the freezer. I figure it can't hurt to try.


    • #3
      We rarely cook ahead, aside from making enough for one person to have leftovers. We tend to spend abt 2 hours total in the kitchen, from prepwork to cleaning, occasionally 3 hours if it's a longer dish. Our meals generally aren't grilled (except during the summer when we have the light for it), but most of what we make are 2 pot meals: the main portion of the meal, and the veggie pan for me to add to my plate of food to make it more primal. We rarely eat at home on the weekends (Saturday is Guy's night and we usually go out, Sunday is In- Laws night, so I usually hafta try to primalize whatever it was they made), but when we do, it's usually quicker because it's grilled or something that's been in the crockpot for a while.
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      • #4
        i have my kitchen time down a lot from where it used to be. i cook a lot of my food in batches that will last a few days or the whole week. so, from time to time i might be in the kitchen for as much as a half hour, but generally i'm there just a few minutes to reheat a meal or scramble some eggs or something.


        • #5
          Let's say an hour (including cleanup time) for my (solitary) breakfasts and lunches, which I eat at home, because I work from home.

          Let's say about an hour more, on average, per day for dinners, which we together, myself, my husband and two sons, as a family. A little more, on Fridays, for our Sabbath evening meal.

          We eat out once a week for dinner.



          • #6
            We make a lot of use of our crock pot because there will be days when nobody's home until late. Whatever we don't eat, we save for the next day's lunch and/or dinner. When I'm home, I'll probably spend an hour a night making dinner - usually a ground-beef dish of some sort.
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            • #7
              Appx 45.min - 1 hr for prep, cooking and cleanup. If it takes longer than 20-30 minutes I know it won't happen during the week. On the weekend I often spend 1-3 hrs in the kitchen because I do enjoy cooking - I just don't have the time or energy for anything complicated during the week. We typically eat a pile o' veggies and some meat. I'll do some prep on weekends - for example I'll roast a chicken and then simmer the meat with seasoning to eat throughout the week, etc. But that depends on what my weekend plans are - sometimes weekends are busier than weekdays. Breakfast and lunch are always the same and only take a few minutes to prep for the week.


              • #8
                On average, 45 minutes to an hour for dinner, including prep and clean up. I do tend to make big roasts that we can split in to two meals, which means a week or two later we'll have the leftover. I still make side dish(es) so there'll still be kitchen time. More complicated recipes I usually save for the weekends when I'm more likely to want to spend more time cooking. Or I'll make up a HUGE batch of something that freezes well, last weekend I did mashed sweet taters, so that's one extra thing I have stocked in the freezer I can use over the upcoming weeks.

                We both work from home so we make lunch as well...we usually keep that to 30 minutes or less. I typically have leftovers that I reheat or something simple like an omelette and salad or meat/veggies chopped and cooked en mass in a pan.

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                • #9
                  If it were just me it would take about 10-15 minutes a night.
                  My wife likes to have more conventional foods (yes, it is a problem at times) so I end up spending 30+ minutes a night making her something 'interesting'. She has zero interest in low-carb, high fat foods--although on 'This Week in Paleo' I did hear Dr. Weil talk positively about fats. If only Dr. Oz would come on-board my kitchen time would be diminished greatly.
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                  • #10
                    I spend an incredible amount of time devoted to my kitchen. It is the only way I can do this. Between making several meals for my non primal family, & all of my prep work with dehydrating & making jerky, chips, pizza shells, & dried apples. I always make sure I have grilled chicken & hard boiled eggs available in the fridge.Also buying in bulk, portion out in to single servings, & vacuum sealing. I even grind meat. Thank god I live close to work, work less than 40 hours a week. I treat it as a creative outlet. It has to be about 20 hours a week. That doesnt count food shopping. I must be insane. (@ least my friends & family think)
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                    • #11
                      Weekdays i spend about 15-45min depending, does the grill count as the kitchen? Weekends i spend more, i do "sinning on sabbath" Sunday cookouts at my house, so i spend 5+ hours.
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                      • #12
                        i spend two-three hours on Sunday mornings cooking stuff for the week, & then usually just re-heat stuff throughout the week. I find this is the best way to stay true - when I'm tired in the evenings, I just don't want to cook for an hour!
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                        • #13
                          Breakfast takes almost no time; I've usually gotten the coffee ready to brew the night before, so that's a push of a button (and if not, it's an extra 1-2 minutes to get it ready to go). Usually I scramble a couple of eggs and throw a slice or two of bacon (or some sausage) in the microwave. Total prep time is about 5 mins; almost no cleanup other than washing the pan and putting everything else in the dishwasher.

                          Lunch is most often leftovers of some sort; if I do my salad at lunch assembling that takes a few more minutes to wash & chop veggies, but no more than 5-8 minutes total.

                          Dinner's where I will spend more time - but if it looks like it's going to be more than 30 minutes active prep, I lose interest. Tonight I'm making stuffed cabbage - that'll have a pretty quick active prep time, with another hour and a half in the oven and sitting out after it's cooked. As long as I can multitask I don't mind things that have long cook times. Most of what I make for dinner does well as leftovers, so that I have options for lunches and other evenings where I don't have the time or don't have the energy to cook. (For example, Sunday night I made 2 lbs of lamb gyro meat, which served two of us nicely for dinner and has enough leftover for four more meals, easily. Freezes well, too.).

                          I try to clean as I go, which makes good use of the down time as you cook. If my boyfriend is joining me for a meal, he gets what I prepare. Fortunately, though he doesn't eat exclusively primal, he's got no problem eating what I serve. The most I'll do to give him something non-primal is throw an English muffin in the toaster if he wants one with breakfast.

                          So I'd say, on average, no more than an hour a day in the kitchen, and generally a lot less.
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                          • #14
                            If you've ever watched "Rachel Ray's 30-minute meals" - that's kind of my approach to cooking. Yeah, she's very annoying, but I do get some interesting ideas from watching her show for things that I can primal-ize and that are quick. In general though, I do try to spend no more than about 30 minutes on prepping dinner on weeknights. On weekends, I will spend a few minutes planning dinners for the week ahead and write it down, then shop for the ingredients. I do like to cook things that will give us leftovers - either for lunch or dinner the next day. For example, I made a really big (and awesome) meatloaf on Sunday night that will be dinner again tonight with a quick spinach salad. Whole chickens were on sale at our market, so I bought 2 and roasted them on the weekend so we can have chicken on salads for lunches during the week.

                            And I love my crockpot too - especially in the winter. Today I'm making beef stew, which takes about 10 minutes of prep, then it cooks all day and is ready at dinner time. I throw together a quick salad, and dinner is done.

                            My hubby does most of the clean-up since I do most of the cooking. It works.


                            • #15
                              Breakfast and lunch for weekdays is prepped on Sunday (usually takes at least a couple of hours, unless I'm using the crock pot). Dinner is always very simple (eggs, bacon, veges, and Kerrygold, all fried up) and takes about 15-20 minutes.
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