How I Learned to Cook During Covid
Cooking? Are you kidding me? I mean, as part of my wedding vows I said, “I don’t cook… but I will make you laugh.”
Stephen still thought it was a great deal.
However, as Covid continues, PB&J sandwiches and microwaving yesterday’s take-out are getting old. And I have not been that funny.
It was time to revisit those wedding vows. To learn to cook—at least with one of those meal subscription services.
Over the last decade, countless of these companies have popped up. The gist of the service is that they send you all the components for a healthy meal - in perfect portion sizes - along with the recipe. Then you are on your own.
I did my research and signed up with one. Three meals a week. After a month, here is what I’ve learned.
- Basic cooking skills aren’t all that hard!
- The plans offer lots of variety and the meals taste terrific (even if they don't always come out like the picture).
- Generally, they are balanced and nutritious, and have options for people with dietary restrictions.
- If you are trying to eat less, the plans really help with portion control.
- There is less food waste since everything is pre-measured.
- Don't wait until the meal is served to open the bottle of wine.
- I loved the convenience! I didn’t have to plan the week’s meals from scratch, go to the store, pick out the ingredients, prep, etc.
- I got a lot of satisfaction from serving a meal that I had cooked.
As a financial planner, I had to analyze the effect on my budget. I priced out two servings of pasta with chicken sausage from the grocery store vs. my service. As you might expect, the service was more expensive. But not by much, maybe $5 more.
And now I can say I cook! And I will continue to be funny. Lucky Stephen.
Is there something new that you would like to try? Look around, you may be surprised at the results. Bon appétit!
Shari Greco Reiches
Shari co-founded Rappaport Reiches Capital Management with one goal - to maximize the return on life for her clients. Please connect with Shari below. She loves to talk about investing, financial planning, and Barry Manilow.
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