Welcometofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingofmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittle,Graceandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMariaCuba.Hellofriends,welcometotheFuturefamilytonightpodcastepisode114onyourhouseMurraycbocandtodayweregoingtotalkaboutwhyweeknightfamilydinnersarenotabouttherecipesitistheNewYear.Ivehadacoupleofweeksofrest.IhopeyouhavehadalittlebitofrestwithyourfamilyiswellIambackissoexcitedwithabunchofnewideasforfeedyourfamilytonighttohelpyouinthisnewyear.IspendalotoftimespeakingtomomsgroupsinptosandwhenIwalkintoanewroomalotofthemwillsayIjustcantwaittogetsomenewrecipes.IfyouhaveeverheardoneofmytalksliveyouwillknowthatIdontgiveoutverymanyrecipesnow.Imnotsayingtherecipesarebadbecausewedoneedrecipes.Butgettingweeknightdinneronthetableisnotabouttherecipe.Itisabouttimemanagementenergymanagementandtakingarealassessmentofthekindsoffoodsthatyourfamilyprefersandthekindsoffoods.Theydontpreferrecipesarenotgoingtofixyourweeknightdinnerwasthatyouregoingtosaynorecipesaregreat.Theytotallycanfixmyweeknightdinnerproblems.IjustfoundarecipelastweekandImadeitanditwasgreatandmyfamilylikeditandIhadaweeknightdinnersuccess.AndImgoingtosayyes,butIwanttoteachyouwhythatrecipewasasuccessbecausearecipeinyourfamily.ThatsasuccessisnotnecessarilyArecipethatisgoingtobeasuccessinmyfamily.Soletsthinkaboutthatrecipethatyoumadelastweekthatworksreallywell.Therewereseveralstepsthatyoueithermadeconsciouslyorunconsciouslythatmadethatrecipeworkforyourfamilyandmadeitaweeknightdinnersuccess.Thefirstthingisyouchosetherightrecipe.Whenyouarelookingatarecipe,Isuspectthatyouarelookingathowmuchtimedoesittaketomakewhatkindofflavorsareinthisrecipeandwhenyouredoingthatyourethinkinghowwouldthisrecipefitinmyfamilyscheduleandwillmyfamilylikeit?Soletsbreakthatdownalittlebitfurther.Thefirstthingistime.Howmuchtimedoesittaketomakethatrecipeisitisitthekindofrecipethatyouhavetobestandingatthestovephysicallycookinglikeastirfryorisitthetypeofrecipethatyoucanprepaheadandhaveinyourfreezerandthrowinyourinstantpotonabusynight.Whatkindofrecipeisit?Andwhatkindoftimecommitmentdoesittakefromyoutogetitonthetable?Whatkindofingredientsandflavorsareintherewhenyouarefindingarecipetofeedyourfamilyandyouretryingtogetsomethingnewintoyourweeklyroutine.Theeasiestthingtodoistolookattheflavorsandtheingredientsandyoucanthavenewforbothofthosethings.Youcaneitherpickarecipethathasnewflavorsusingfamiliaringredientsoryoucanhavearecipethatusesfamiliarflavorswithnewingredients.Letmegiveyouanexampleofthatforyears.Myfamilydidnoteatricenoodles,buttheystartedlikingstir-friesandIdecidedthatIwasgoingtotryandmakeastir-fryandinsteadofservingitoverrice.Iserveitoverricenoodles.Sotheflavorswerefromtheearlierattheingredientsweredifferent.Heresanotherexample,maybeyourfamilylikeschickeninasauceflavorsthatyouusuallyhaveforthatareItalianflavors,likeoreganoandgarlic,butyousawarecipeforchickentikkamasala,anditwasbasicallyatomatosauce,butithaddifferentflavorslikecuminandcorianderandgarammasala.Thebaseingredientsarefamiliar,buttheflavorsaredifferentandIsuspectthatrecipethatyoupickedlastweekthatworkedeitherhadfamiliarflavorsorfamiliaringredients.Thenextthingthatmadethatrecipeworkinyourfamilywasthatyoudeemeditquoteunquoteeasy,whichmeansyouneededtothinkaboutwhatyourfamilyschedulewaslikeyouneedtothinkaboutwhatyourenergylevelswerelikeandyoupickedarecipethatyoucouldmanageonaparticularkindofnight.YourenotgoingtostumbleacrossarecipeforBeefWellingtonandmakeitonaTuesday.Youmightmakethatforaspecialfamilydinner,butyourenotgoingtomakeitonaweeknight.Whenyourelookingforrecipestoimproveyourweeknightdinners,youarelookingforrecipesthatfitintoacertaintypeoftimeframeperhapsitsaslowcookerrecipeperhapsitsafreezerpreprecipeperhapsitsarecipethatyoucandostarttofinishin30minutesorless.Allofthoserecipesworkondifferentkindsofnightsinyourhomeandyoumadethatcalculationthatthisrecipethatyoutriedwouldworkononeofthosekindsofnights.Thenextthingyoudidisyoulookedatyouringredientsinyourhouse.YousaidIvealreadygothalfoftheseingredients.TheonlythingIhavetobuyisoneortwothingsatthegrocerystore.Youputitonthelistandyoupurchasethosegroceriesandyouplannedtocookthatrecipeandexecuteditonanightthatitworksinyourschedule.Thefourthingyouactuallydidwascookitandserveitandhowmanytimesareweboughtingredientsthinkingthatweregoingtotryandmakearecipeandthenweneveractuallygetaroundtoit.Andthenthefoodgoestowasteifthathashappenedtoyouyouarenotalone.Itisnot.Uncommon.Wewanttotryandavoiditbutletsfacetherealityisthatithappenssometimes.Soforthatrecipethatyoumadelastweektoworkinyourhomeandmakedinnerwork.Youhadtochoosetherightrecipethatfityourscheduleitfittheflavorsthatyourfamilywasgoingtolikeortheingredientsthatyourfamilylike.Youdeemediteasybecauseyoucalculatedthatthattypeofdinnerwouldworkonaspecifictypeofnightinyourhome.Youplantenoughaheadtolookatwhatyourgredientsyouhadonhandbythegroceriesandthenactuallytakethetimetomakeit.Recipeworksnotbecauseitwasarecipeitworksbecausethatrecipefitintoyourfamilyscheduleandasyoumoveintothisnewyearandyourewantingtoaddsomenewrecipes.ThosearethethingsthatyouwanttoconsiderwhetheryouDivarecipeworthtryingornot.AndIhavesaidthisbeforeandIreallywantemphasize.ThisisIdonotrecommendtryingnewrecipesonbusyweeknights.Ihighlyrecommendtryingnewrecipesontheweekendsoragainduringthesummerorinadaywhereyougotalittlelesspressurebecauseifyouretryingtofitanewrecipeonanightinyourrunningfromthingtothingtothinkyouaresettingyourselfuptobestressedandoftentimestofailbutusuallyyoucanrescueitandpullittogether,butyouwanttobesuccessfulonthosebusyweeknights.Andnewrecipesarenotsuccessfulbecausetheyarerecipesinanovensellstheirsuccessfulbecauseyouhaveputthoughtandcarefulplanningintotherightkindsoffoodstoserveyourfamily.TherearethousandsofrecipesMillionsprobablymillionsofrecipesinthepalmofyourhandonyourphone.ItissoeasytofindrecipesandmostofthemarenotgoingtoworkforyouonaTuesdaynightbecauseiftheydidoneofuswouldhaveproblemsgettingweeknightdinneronthetablebecausethereisaworldofrecipesouttherebutgettingdinneronthetableisnotaboutfindingrecipeswithoutfindingtherightrecipestherightflavorstherightcookingmethodsfortheparticularkindofnightthatyouarehaving.Asyougointothisnewyearandyoustartthinkingaboutthekindsoffoodsthatyouwanttobemakingforyourfamilybeforeyougoandstartspendinghoursresearchingnewrecipes.Iwantyoutothinkaboutsomeofyouroldfamilyfavorites,maybesomethingthatyouhaventmadeinalongtime.ItshappenedtometwiceinthepastweekandIdontthinkitsacoincidence.IwaswatchingsomeoneonInstagramandtheyweremakingsomeversionofanEggrollinabowlandIthoughtohmygoodnessmyfamilyreallylikesthatrecipe.Ihavearecipeforeggrollinabowl.Ifyouwantit.Itsaquickandeasydinnerthatyoucangetonthetablein30minutesorlessandIsaid,ohmygoodness.Ihavenotmadethatinthelongesttime.SoIputitonmymealplanforthisweekbecauseitwassomethingthatwasfamiliar,butitsgoingtofeelnewbecausewehaventhaditinalongtime.Mysontheotherdaysaidyoudontknowwehavenothadmeatballsubsinages.CanyoumakemeatballsubsandIthoughtyeah,IhavenotmadethoseinagesandImadethemtheothernightfordinnerandeveryoneinmyfamilywaslike,ohmygosh,thesemeatballsubsaresogood.Wehaventhadtheminsolongtheytastedelicious.Sobeforeyoustartlookingfornewrecipes,IwantyoutogobacktoyouroldMastermealplanningsheet.Andifyoudonthaveonegetacopy,itsfreeatfeedyourfamilytonight.CalmMaster.Thereisaversionforpeoplethateatanimalproteinsandavirginforpeoplethataremainlyveganorvegetarian.AndIwantyoutostartfeelingthatoutthisyearbecausethenyoucangobackandlookatsomeofthesethingsthatyouhaveitmadeinalongtimeandbringthemoutandtheyregoingtofeelnewtoyourfamily,butitsgoingtosaveyouthestressoftestingarecipethatmayormaynotworkinyourhome.Wevedonethatandyourestillwantingtokindofgetsomenewnessintoyourweeknightdinnerroutinewhenyoulookatnewrecipes.Idontwantyoutothinkaboutifthisrecipelooksgoodornot.Iwantyoutothinkaboutwhatkindofnightwouldyoumakethisrecipeonisarecipethatyouhavetodoalotofprepthedaybeforebutyouputitintheslowcookeranditshandsoffallday.Isitthetypeofrecipethatyoucandostarttofinishin30minutes?Whatkindofdayareyougoingtohavewhereyouwillmakethatrecipehowmuchofatimecommitmentisitgoingtotakeforyoutomakethatrecipewhatkindofflavorsandingredientsareinthatrecipeandnextweek.Imgoingtodigdeepintoflavorsandingredientsandhowyoucanmakethoseworkinyourhome,especiallywhenyouretryingnewthings.Weeknightfamilydinnersarenotabouttherecipes.Itismoreabouttimemanagementlookingatyourfamilyandbehonestaboutthekindsoffoodsthattheyliketoeatandthekindsoffoodsthattheydonotprefer.Andputthosealltogetherinmealsthatworkinyourhomeisashortpodcastthisweekfriends,butIthinkIgaveyoualottothinkaboutthenexttimeyoulookatarecipeandareassessingwhetherornotisonetotryinyourhome.Ivegivenyousomethingstothinkaboutsothatwouldyoudotrynewrecipesyouchoosetherightones,butnothemostweeknightfamilydinnerismoreabouttimemanagementandmanagingthetypeoffoodsthatyourfamilylikestoeat.Thenitisaboutfindingrecipes.IcantwaittogetadiscussionaboutthisgoinginthefuturefamilytonightFacebookgroup.Showmeoverthere.Itwillbesofuntotalkwithyouandseewhatkindsofflavorsandwhatkindsofpreparationmethodsinyourhelpsobernowfriends,HappyNewYear.ThanksforlisteningtofeedyourfamilytonightpodcastwithyourhostMariefiebach.Ifyouliketheshowand1/2nomore.Pleasevisitfeedyourfamilytonight.Calmandifyoudliketohelpsupporttheshow,pleaseleavearatingorreviewoniTunesorapplepodcast.Ithelpedspreadthewordthatyoucanbeyourfamilytonight.

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