Long Read: When Easy Meals Aren’t Actually Easy

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When it comes to weeknight cooking, there’s an expectation that recipes will be fast and easy to prepare. Yes, delicious, healthy meals are important, but that doesn’t mean you can spend hours cooking at the expense of the other things you have to do.

In The Atlantic this month, Elizabeth G. Dunn writes about the contrast between the desire for easy meals and the abundance of recipes out there that aren’t, in fact, that easy.

Not only does Dunn call out the fact that many “easy” recipes call for difficult-to-find ingredients (thus indirectly adding to the time and difficulty level of the dish), but that the prep time isn’t often factored in, and shopping time almost never is.

As readers who are invested in the time and energy cooking at home requires, we’d love to know what you think.

Read more: The Myth of ‘Easy’ Cooking from The Atlantic