I am not going to lie, sometimes I write a post just to see what other ideas readers suggest in the comments. :-D Anyway, here is the few things I have come up with.
My husband is a stereotypical "Man's man" who insists he doesn't know how to cook anything besides Ramen, frozen pizza, and microwaveable chicken nuggets. I can ask him to make Macaroni & Cheese, and instead of reading the directions on the back of the box, he will blankly look at me and ask "How do I make this??"
Similar to trying to get your kids to do something, it's all about how you present the task. These are the few things I have found that have worked with mine:
- Make it assembly line work.
I think the greatest thing in the world is freezing crock pot meals. I will go shopping for all the ingredients, print my recipes, and write the ingredients on the side of a crockpot liner bag. I then make my hubby do all the chopping, peeling, and cutting. For whatever reason, this works. We then grab a bag, drop the ingredients in it, and he puts a very manly trash bag twisty tie on the top.
- Make it seem dangerous.
This includes items such as burning hot oil in the FryDaddy, tenderizing meat with a device with 100 tiny knives, and slicing things with sharp knives. To emphasize this, I will purposely grab the wrong knife (think breadknife for slicing thin steaks) or I will complain that the knives are so dull, I think we need a new set. This generally gets him to either "show me" that the knives are just fine or he will at least sharpen them for me. For added incentive, I mention I found a set of knives I want and put them in my "Amazon shopping cart." My Hubby knows how much I love Amazon Prime and how I make random boxes appear at our door.
- Make it "So easy a caveman could do it."
Going back to the freezer crockpot meals, the only thing my Hubby has to do is open the freezer, grab bag, drop in crockpot on low and remove the Manly Twisty tie. If he hems and haws at all, I tell him he can make Ramen instead. Since it actually takes him less time to do it my way, I usually get my way.
- Two words: The Grill.
(shared by Meredith Allen) My husband is all about his oversized grill spatulas made with galvanized steel and rubber grips that don't fit in any of my kitchen drawers (and that's how he prefers it). He grills burgers, steaks, chicken, shrimp ka-bobs, tilapia, and even veggies with olive oil and pepper. Sides are a different animal to tackle so we stick to microwaved baked potatoes (6-8 minutes! Easy!) and frozen corn, green beans, peas, etc. Rice cookers take all the guess work out of it, too - and even I can put two scoops of water and one scoop of rice in that with a screaming baby in one arm and a 3-year-old using my leg as a jungle gym.