We are all busy in our own way and have different mouths to feed. While it's something I myself struggle with, taking a little while to prepare a meal can go a long way to making you feel at home.
Everyone appreciates a home-cooked meal, but it can be easy to become more familiar with take-out menus than your knives and oven. (You'll note that step 9 in the 20/20 Cure is "Find a new recipe & cook tonight!")
I enjoy cooking, but it's not a passion and often not a priority (dessert is a different story). My last New Year's resolution was to start meal planning, and it probably will be for 2012 too. I thought making a list, checking it twice, and buying everything on Saturday or Sunday would get me ready for the whole week. (Otherwise I've been more of a shop-as-I-go girl.) My plan broke down when I didn't get to the store every weekend and because I generally wasn't getting home until 8 p.m. The recipes I was hoping to recreate seemed doable on Saturday but too long come mid-week.
The answer, then, is truly easy, realistic recipes (or simple adaptations) and better planning. The Kitchn of course has plenty to offer on the former subject. Planning that has worked for me includes either cooking a big dish on Sunday (vegetarian lasagna this week) or breaking up tasks between two days (chopping a squash one night and baking and putting it in a dish the next). What recipes, sites, books, or methods help you?
Image: Faith Durand