I actw enjoy cooking/baking. It's a hobby..chasing sales and finding recipes to match. When I do feel burnot, though, ,it's when kids and dh have gotten on my last nerve,and I cannot bear to face them at the dining room table. Those are the days the plates and silverwaw are stacked on the kitchen counter, and it's help yourself. On those days, I will make things like slow cooker pulled chicken, or homemade calzones. I confess that I will occasionally send DH to Little Ceasars for the $5 Hot and Ready pizzas. All in all, I just tell myself that my mood will only worsen by spending $ on takeout. Besides, I cook better than any place we get food for the family from. Perhaps if it was just DH and me, we'd eat out more, though, because we would be able to go to a better caliber restaurant.
the calzones sound pretty good
It's like dieting, I guess. Sometimes I cave in & show zero self control, but generally, it's more convenient with two kids to actually just heat up food here. Current easy choices: pasta (tortellini cooks up in almost no time), meatballs (freezer), pizza (freezer), grilled cheese (when desperate). . . I am also trying to eat well (I don't eat the things listed above - I'd have fruit & a piece of grilled chicken or something while I'm throwing dinner together for everyone else), so not going out is easier.I also look at my schedule, choose the craziest day of the month & sometimes give myself the option of eating out on that particular day. Knowing that I already have it planned at least once makes it easier to resist temptation on other days.
we are really bad at not laying out meat to thaw. My husband does like to have meat with our meals. We ask each other what did you lay out for dinner and this week has been a big fat nothing! Oh well there is nowhere to go but up!
Since you both work maybe you should share the "cook and get dinner on the table" duties. Or at least have DH cook a couple times a month. Who knows?....maybe he'll learn to enjoy it. ;-)
Actually he does help a lot. I have a great husband😜. It's me who is the lazy bum😄
My suggestione is to embrace a crock pot, it's kept my budget in check for years.