i hope i didnt sound judgemental - i also work... cooking is my thing and i am a bit of a foodie... my house looks like a bombs hit it most of the time... and i have a cleaner!
what i wrote is my opinion, i think once in a while is fine but it isnt for me... you have some ideas here if you want them that dont take too long... you also have some people who do the same as what you suggested so i guess it comes down to what you think is best for YOUR family - not what we all do...
i hear you on being time poor and the guilt that comes with it all - so dont beat yourself up...