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DH in charge of dinner tonight

September 23rd, 2012 at 04:08 pm

I think I've mentioned this before---I quit my job to be a SAHM 3 years ago. And about a year and a half ago we cut back drastically on eating out--we only eat out about once a month now. DH's job (until recently) put him on call 24/7 and he was frequently working during dinner time and in the evenings. Therefore, cooking meals was solely my responsibility.

Which is fine, except I found that I get really burnt out on cooking. I search online for recipes, read reviews, make a meal plan, make a grocery store list based on that plan...every. single. week. It just gets tiring and my once-a-month break (when we go out to eat) just wasn't cutting it.

So a few weeks ago I asked DH if he would consider taking over one meal a week (on a Saturday or Sunday). And by that I meant he can research what to make, make me a list of what to get at the store when I do my normal grocery shopping, and he can cook the dinner. And it has to be under $10. (Most of the meals I make are under $5, and the few times DH has cooked he buys expensive pre-cooked ribs or something else pre-made and I didn't want our food budget going up by that amount every week).

So this was his first week doing it, and tonight was the night. He made beef fajitas. I bought some beef skirt steak, he researched seasonings to put on top...tortillas, cheese, onions, beans. The beef was about $5 but the whole meal was under $10. And it was good. And the best part was, I got to sit down and just wait for it to be ready!

Who does the cooking/meal planning at your house? Do you trade off? Any tips for saving time or not getting burnt out?

4 Responses to “DH in charge of dinner tonight”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I do most of the meal planning and cooking, although I do seek input from my husband. He is more than willing to pitch in and help if he arrives home early enough.

  2. alianora Says:

    We plan together, but more often than not, it's me who does the cooking. If I leave it up to him, he'll give the kid a hotdog and an apple, and I'll have to fend for myself!

    I find that having kiddo help me do the cooking helps me from getting too bored with it. The crockpot is also awesome, because it requires very little prep. We also tend to make one big pot of soup over the weekend and eat from it all week if we need to.

  3. LuckyRobin Says:

    I do all of the meal planning and most of the grocery shopping (because I like to keep the budget down). I do a good majority of the cooking, but DH will help out if I ask him to, which I do when I am sick or overwhelmed or exhausted. He's really good at making burgers, hot or cold sandwiches, spaghetti, and stir-fry, and I've sat at the table and talked him through more complicated meals like baked potato soup, when I've been too sick to move. It's mostly my job though because I run the household as a SAHM.

  4. FrugalTexan75 Says:

    Since I live alone, I do all the meal planning and preparing. Of course, usually it consists of throwing something in the microwave. Smile I think that's why I do like going to our church's potluck once in a while - other people have already done the planning and making. All I have to do is choose and eat. Smile (I'd be more than happy to bring something, but our potlucks always have a theme, and so the few dishes that are inexpensive and easy enough for me to make, don't usually fit the theme. Plus I never know when I'm going to actually stay, or what the theme is ...)

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