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    My DH does not cook much. I make a meal plan based on him 'cooking' within his comfort level once or twice a week.

    I regularly get him to make burgers, sausages, pizza (I prepare bases), bolognese, stir-fry (I do prep all the veg though), steak.

    Despite the guided cooking he doesn't use the thermomix. I love my TM. He loves what is made in it. But we don't have the time to run through everything on it.

    Maybe both choose a new recipe a week/fortnight/month that he is comfortable learning or making.

    I would not get a new appliance if he is not comfortable using what you have IMO.

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    Quote Originally Posted by twinklify View Post
    My DH does not cook much. I make a meal plan based on him 'cooking' within his comfort level once or twice a week.

    I regularly get him to make burgers, sausages, pizza (I prepare bases), bolognese, stir-fry (I do prep all the veg though), steak.

    Despite the guided cooking he doesn't use the thermomix. I love my TM. He loves what is made in it. But we don't have the time to run through everything on it.

    Maybe both choose a new recipe a week/fortnight/month that he is comfortable learning or making.

    I would not get a new appliance if he is not comfortable using what you have IMO.
    Thanks, I wasn't sure. I was already a pretty competent cook when I left home (and only ever had frypan/saucepan/oven when I learned) so I just don't know if there are things around nowadays that help the novice.

    Interesting to hear your DH doesn't use the TM even with the guided cooking.

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    He sounds so much like my DH, @Stretched. DH can cook a few meals (and does a couple really well) but for the most part loathes anything new and a 30 minute dish turns into a 3 hour affair. As a result we often ate the same meals over and over again, sometimes consecutively.

    So... I've been thinking of ways to better facilitate his cooking and what I did was write up a couple of recipes myself, with the clearest instructions possible e.g Turn the heat low. Now set the timer for 5 minutes and keep stirring the whole time. It saves the headache and ensuing argument of "They looked cooked, so I stopped stirring" or "You said they had to cook for 5 minutes, so I cooked them for 5 minutes" (by leaving them on high heat with no stirring which will result in uneven cooking) and so on and so forth. With very direct/specific instruction there is no room for assumptions nor error.

    He certainly wants to contribute but lacks the know-how, so I figured this was the best way going forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by babyno1onboard View Post
    I’m not sure if a gadget would help but perhaps some recipes ideas, things you can cook together a couple of times (with you taking the lead) and then he can make on his own. Sounds more like he needs some cooking skills rather than a gadget.
    i’d agree with this. it’s not the lack of gadgets, it’s the lack of skill. it sounds like your kitchen has more than adequate gadgetry, certainly enough for even a basic home cook who knows their way around a kitchen to churn out a few decent meals. if he’s struggling still, it sounds like he doesn’t even have the basics under control.

    i’d focus on him learning one or two meals and doing them well, that way you can reliably leave him and know you can come home to something have decent.

    i would give the slow cooker another go, it’s literally idiot proof and with the right ingredients and recipe, it’s literally load and leave. i use it on busy days where i have no dinner and kids are home and i know i’ll have something substantial for dinner thar night.

    even a basic chicken and veg curry in the slow cooker would be a start. chuck the meat in (if the cooker has a brown function he could brown the meat first but it’s not absolutely necessary) then the chopped veg and pour over the sauce from the jar. set on high for 6 hours and there’s dinner done. we do microwave pouch rice as it’s quick and no washing up. that would be an easy one to start with?

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    My husband isn’t a great cook and he loves the guided cooking on our Thermomix because there is really no guess work.

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    You can have healthy, nutritious meals on the table in 10-15 minutes using skinnymixers books in the thermomix. Not all of those recipes are in the guide cooking but instructions from the healthy mix books are easy to follow.

    Other than that, maybe order hello fresh or every plate. He can follow easy recipes to cook.

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