The only thing about cooking from scratch when you work outside the home is that it is too easy to fall into the let's pick up something from the drive through or order pizza. The last thing you want to do after working eight hours and battling traffic for another two hours is to set about checking the mails and cooking a scratch dinner.
By using the style or styles of cooking that work for you ,it is possible to beat the system.
Styles of cooking
1) fast and easy : hamburgers , hot dogs, pressure cooker
2) stair step: make more of one thing to re invent later in the week
The rice that went under your sweet and sour chicken becomes Spanish rice with
Your tacos another night
3) set it and forget it: crockpots are really your friend. Some oven meals are also
4). Batch cooking or marathon cooking. When I get hamburger home from the store (or grind hamburger) I buy a large amount. I make meatloaf, Salisbury steaks, or meat balls
And taco meat or just fried crumbles. Freeze what you aren't going to use within the next two days. Marathon cooking is cooking a month's worth of meals in one day. There is a book on it, but I find it too taxing for me.
Back to soups: soup in the crockpot is an easy way to have dinner waiting for you when you get home from work. Or ready for the family if you are working late, or it's a night when everyone has a different schedule. Add a salad that you have pre made or veggie sticks and a hunk of French bread and you are done.
Crock pot cookbook is a really good source. I got mine at Costco, but have seen it at TJ MAXX as well.
Split pea soup. ...I am out of space will make another post
See you in a minute. Jane