Any experienced home cook or meal prepper knows cooking is a great time to multitask.
I’m not talking about answering emails while you have a casserole in the oven.
I’m talking about catching up on your favorite TV shows, podcasts or throwing on a movie you love.
For me, having something to listen to or watch helps cooking go by faster. It makes the whole process more relaxing and fun!
More reasons why watching/listening to something while cooking is great:
- You can time your meals to last the length of one movie or podcast (for example, I know that my preps usually take one Game Of Thrones episode)
- You don’t have to feel so behind when catching up on a show you watch every week
- It’s also a great time to start a new show because you’re not like, sitting down just to watch it
- Podcasts, in particular, are great because you can load them up on your phone and wear a headset while cooking – then you don’t have to worry about pausing it over the sound of a food processor or something like that.
This week I asked my audience to share their favorite podcasts, TV shows and movies they enjoy while cooking.
Turns out, my audience has AMAZING taste in media.
I’ve bolded my personal picks in the lists below. Come back to this post every time you cook if you ever blank out on what to watch or listen to!
And thanks to EVERYONE in my audience who participated.
TV shows to enjoy while cooking
The Office – Netflix
Friends – Netflix
Gilmore Girls – Netflix
Parks and Rec – Netflix
Bob’s Burgers – Netflix
Scrubs – Netflix
Downton Abbey – Netflix
Cheers – Netflix
The Simpsons -Netflix
Big Bang Theory – Netflix
Jane The Virgin – Netflix
Lucifer – Hulu
Grown-ish – Hulu
Black-ish – ABC (online)
Young Sheldon – CBS (online)
The Good Place – Netflix/NBC
Scandal – Netflix
The Goldbergs – Netflix
Supernatural – Netflix
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown – Netflix
Shark Tank – ABC
The Great British Baking Show – Netflix
How I Met Your Mother – Netflix
Suits – Netflix/USA
This Is Us – NBC (online)
Orphan Black – Netflix
All the cooking shows: The Chew, Chopped, Beat Bobby Flay, Worst Cooks – Food Network
Modern Family – NBC/Netflix
Real Housewives (commenter: because you don’t have to think too hard) – Hulu
Blue Bloods – Netflix
New Girl – Netflix
Grace and Frankie – Netflix
The Wire – HBO
The Bachelor – ABC (commenter added that it’s okay to share that because the survey was anonymous but I love The Bachelor too, no shame)
Women Behind Bars – Netflix
Stranger Things – Netflix
Skins – Netflix
Merlin – Netflix
Seinfeld – Netflix
The Royals – Netflix
That 70’s Show – Netflix
Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee – Netflix
Handmaids Tale – Hulu
NCIS – Netflix
Hawaii Five-0 – Netflix
Talia’s Favorites that weren’t already mentioned: Modern Love, She’s Gotta Have It, Zumbo’s Just Desserts (Netflix), Game Of Thrones (HBO)
Podcasts to enjoy while cooking
My Favorite Murder (recommended 5x in this survey!)
Dear Sugar (recommended 3x in this survey!)
How I Built This (recommended 4x in this survey!)
Freakonomics (recommended 3x in this survey!)
Sword And Scale (recommended 3x in this survey!)
Talia’s favorite podcasts that weren’t mentioned: Food Psych, How Did This Get Made, Smart Passive Income, Online Marketing Made Easy, The Chasing Joy Podcast, The Three Month Vacation Podcast, WTF with Marc Maron
Movies to enjoy while cooking
The Harry Potter Series (HBO)
Disney Movies! (any of them, all of them)
Meet The Fockers & Meet The Parents
Julie and Julia
Bring It On – Netflix
Legally Blonde – Netflix
(Basically ANY Rom Com!)
Anything Pixar, especially Ratatouille
Back To The Future (HBO)
Talia’s favorite movies on Netflix to watch while meal prepping: Aside from aforementioned Rom Coms (I love them), Hitch, Wedding Crashers, Zootopia, anything with Jim Carey, Okja, The Founder
I hope this list helps you next time you’re stuck on your entertainment of choice during meal prep!
I don’t know about you, but I always struggle with picking something to watch or listen to — so this list is a huge help. Thanks to all who participated in the survey!
Did I miss your favorite podcast/TV show/movie? Drop it in the comments below!