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LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,334
6/28/13 2:47 P

There are 3 people in my house. I like to cook and do it every day.

Breakfast- usually people get their own food... I spend maybe 5 minutes on food for myself.

Lunch- maybe 5-20 minutes- to pack dh's lunch or fix something for dd and myself

Dinner- It varies. Rarely more than an hour of active preparation or cooking- usually 30 minutes, but sometimes much less if I am reheating leftovers. Sometimes things are cooking in the slow cooker all day but only took minutes to prepare and I'm not doing anything to it.

Miscellaneous- I make things like popcorn, cookies or granola periodically.

Let's just guess that I spend 1-2 hours maximum but maybe much less most days.

YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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6/27/13 4:18 P

It's just me and my SO, and he travels a lot for work, so often it's just me on weekdays. My weekday breakdown is as follows:

Breakfast... 10 minutes tops, I just chop up apples and mix in with yogurt and granola, every day. I eat it at work. If SO is home he takes care of his own as he works at home when he's not traveling and gets up later than I do. I think he usually just drinks coffee though.

Lunch... 0, unless you count the time taking to put it on a plate and heat it up at work. My lunches are leftovers from dinner. If I don't have leftovers, I eat out. For SO, he either eats leftovers or goes out, or I buy those skillet meals he can make for himself.

Dinner Ranges depending on what I'm making, but let's say an hour average (it's sometimes less and sometimes more), that includes the time to portion out my leftovers for lunches.

On weekends I occasionally make a bigger late breakfast that takes more time if SO wants it (stuff like bacon, french toast etc), and I might make lunch if we're just hanging around the house. I also try to do more in depth dinners that I don't have time for on weekdays, because cooking is my hobby. I'll do stuff like make my own pizza dough and make pizzas, or do stuff that takes longer to cook.

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6/27/13 3:08 P

Since the spring/summer I've relaxed a bit and have been making quicker meals but I still spend at least an hour or two a day in my kitchen prepping meals for myself and family.

In the winter... I never left the kitchen, yeah... don't get me wrong, it was fun. I fought the winter boredom learning new meals and experimenting.

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6/27/13 2:07 P

This may sound weird, but I don't cook a lot during the weekend since I am usually too frazzled when I get home from work. I make a big batch of something on Sunday and then snack on the leftovers all week.

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6/27/13 1:43 P

Breakfast and lunch: 10-15 minutes the night before or in the morning

Dinner: no more than 20 minutes active and maybe 30 mins baking. If it takes longer and isn't a special occasion, its not worth it.

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6/27/13 1:12 P

I spend about 2 hours per week. I cook a lot on Sunday's. I cook various items that will last throughout the week. I purchase organic prepackaged salad mixes for lunch and organic baby carrots. So, I don't spend too much time because I do not like to cook.

BLBST36 Posts: 351
6/27/13 1:08 P

Never really timed myself. Dinner (depending on what it is) can take a long time - avg 30-60 minutes maybe?

Breakfast usually about 40 active minutes for the whole week - I try to make a multi-serving item that I can take to work. If anything is extra, it might be another 10 minutes total. I try to make it so that I have nothing to do in the morning.

Lunch - 0. 99% of the time, it is leftovers from the dinners, so it is already ready for me to just grab in the morning. If it is a sandwich or salad - I make it the night before and that would probably be like 10-15 minutes.

In the morning, the only time I spend is getting my water ready because my work has unfiltered water that I hate.

BUNNYKICKS Posts: 2,433
6/27/13 1:02 P

I manage to get breakfast and lunch for myself and my son done in about 30 minutes (husband deals with his own).

Probably 45 minutes on average for dinner. But a lot of that is not exactly "work" - it's just waiting for whatever I chopped-and-prepped-and-mixed to bake or boil or simmer.

And whoever makes the dinner, is exempt from cleaning up after it :D so since I enjoy cooking more than I enjoy tidying up, I am quite happily the number-one chef in my household.

6/27/13 11:43 A

How much time do you spend cooking and preparing food each day and for how many people are you cooking for?

ETA: This is for all the cooking for my family of 4.

60 minutes in the morning packing lunches and making breakfasts

45 minutes making lunch but often less because I try to make extra at dinner for lunch leftovers

60 minutes making dinner

Edited by: JUSTEATREALFOOD at: 6/27/2013 (13:56)
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