Few things are better than sitting down to a home cooked meal, surrounded by family or friends, and chowing down while having delightful conversation. I truly love going to a friends house or my families house to have lunch or dinner. I love when people come to my house to enjoy a meal with me. But all in all, I hate cooking.
I’m not a patient person, we’ve all learned this over the years. Having more than five ingredients sounds like a chore when it comes to cooking. Oh, I have to use multiple dishes to complete this meal? No thanks.
I’m all about working smarter, not harder. So if you come to my house for a meal, chances are it’s a slowcooker meal, something in the air fryer, or a meal that was so incredibly easy to put together, you’d laugh at my laziness.
Food is one of my favorite things in this world, but preparing said food is not. Here’s why:
I usually only cook for one
Cooking for one is literally the most annoying thing in this world. I don’t see the point in all of the time and effort when it’s only feeding me. I almost always have leftovers, which I love, but I definitely get sick of eating the same thing over and over again. While everything else on this list are big reasons why I hate cooking, this will forever be the number one reason.
The prep time is tedious
Typically, when I start cooking, I’m already hungry. So having to then chop, dice, saute, and “let it sit” is maybe the worst thing ever? The amount of time it takes to cook a meal versus the amount of time it takes to consume a meal is irritating.
It can be stressful
Some people find cooking as their “me time”, but I find it to be so incredibly stressful. I never time the food correctly, so one thing will be done at least ten minutes before the other bit is done. Have I burnt something almost every time I cook? Yes. Because I was doing some other type of prep work and totally missed the mark.
I have a bad memory
“Casie, what does this have to do with cooking?” How many times do you look back at a recipe or measurements? Because when I’m cooking, I’ll look at my recipe time and time again because I continue to forget what I just read. Before measuring something, I probably have to look at least five times because I’ve forgotten what I just read. It becomes time consuming and frustrating when you can’t event depend on yourself to get it right.
My relationship with food is complicated
I associate cooking at home with trying to lose weight, because typically when I’m actually trying with a meal, it’s something healthier than I would normally eat. Which should be good, right? But for me this isn’t a healthy way to view cooking. I don’t know how to explain this without people potentially coming to me being like “Oh, Casie, don’t feel that way, you’re so great!” but I see cooking as some type of obligation because I’m unhealthy and not good enough. Instead of an opportunity to be bettering myself and my overall health and well being.
Overall, cooking is not a relaxing, exciting activity for me. I get stressed, sweaty, and hangry during the entire process. I hate only cooking for myself and meal prepping is another beast I never want to conquer.
Do you like to cook? If so, want to be my personal chef…at no charge? You could buy the groceries, too.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. I do like to cook sometimes, but it’s RARE. And I always brag when I make an impressive meal. Just sayin’.