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tofeedyourfamilytonightpodcasteachweek.Weareservingupmotivationandinspirationtohelpyougetweeknightdinneronthetablelettingyourecapturealittlecommonthegreatandnowyourhostspeakerauthorandmarriedmother-of-fourMariefiebach.Hellofriends,welcometotheFuturefamilytonightpodcastepisode117.ImyourhouseMariefiebach.Isitevergoingtotalkaboutortipsforgettingdinneronthetablefaster?DoyouhavetroublegettingdinneronthetableinatimelymannermaketheamountoftimeactuallygoingtotakeoIcandothisin30minutesproblem,ormaybeyouareworkingonsomethingthatnextloadoflaundryputinthenIllgetdinnerstartedthatway.JustsoundfamiliarYouarenotaloneasbusyparents.Wehavealotofdemandandgettingdinneronthetableisjustoneofthem,butifyoudigletgettingstartedinatimelymannerondinneryouregoingtoendupwithkidsthathaveeithersnacktheirwaytotheafternoonanddonteatdinneroreveryoneishungry.HowdoIknowthis?BecauseIhavebeenthereahundredtimesmyself.Sotodayweregoingtotalkaboutsometipsthatwillhelpyougetdinneronthetablefaster.Thefirsttipisplanahead.Now.IknowthatswhatIalwayssaybutitreallyistruealittlebitofplanningcansaveyoualotoftime.Ifyoudonothavemyweeklymealplanningsheetitisitisitfeaturefamilytonight.CalmplangoandgetyourcopyofthatbecausethatWeeklyhowtospeakaboutwhenyouregoingtoeatandthekindofactivitiesthatyourehavingintheafternoonsothatyoucanplaymealthatworkonabusydayisthebiggesttipsforgettingdinneronthetablefasterischoosingtherightkindofmealfortherightkindofdaythatyouarehavingyourhavingadaythatisbacktobacktobacktobacktobackyouwantsomethingthatisprettyhands-offcooking.Butotherdaysyoumighthavealittlemoretimeandyoucanactuallybestandingatthestovestirringdinner.Sothefirstthingisplanningmealsthatwork,Thekindsofdaysthatyouarehavingtheotherthingisthatyouwanttoplanaheadontheweeklymealplanningsheet.Ihaveaplaceforprep.Youwanttowritetheprepontheday.Itneedstobedone.Notthedayofthatmeal.Soyouwanttothinkaboutwhendoyouneedtobesawingmeat?Howbigisthatroast?Isitgoingtotakethreedaysrefrigerator?Isitgoingtosnowovernightin24hoursthatonthedaythatyouneedtodoitthingslikesoakingbeansandapieceofcrapthathasbeenourmealplan.IfyoufollowmeonInstagram,youllnoticetohavinghomemadepizzaalmosteverySaturdaynight.Itskindofbeenalittlebitofawintertraditionforourfamilyandwevegottenalotofjoyoutofit,butIhavefoundthatthepizzadoughtastebetterifImakeittwoorthreedaysaheadoftimeandthenonmybusySaturdays,IdonthavetothinkaboutmakingthepizzadoIjusthavetoactuallyputthepiecestogether.SoformethathasbeenanimportantpieceofourprepinmymindifIcantgetdinneronthetablein45minutesofhandsonmepersonallyinthekitchen,thenIneedtoputapieceofthatonprepbecauseIneedtodoitaheadoftime.AndsometimesIneedtodoitearlierinthedayonthedaythemealandsometimesIneedtodoitadayortwoaheadoftime,butIhavethatpreptheresothatwhenIgotocookIknowthatIcangetdinneronthetablein45minutes.AnotherlittlepieceofplanningandIlearnedthistrickfromLisaWoodruff.ButbeforeIgotobed,IpulloutanindexcardandIwritethetaskthatImgoingtodothatdayandisacombinationofHometasksandworktasksandIputthemallontheindexcardandIhavemyprioritiesandIkindofstartputtingthemintoblocksoftimeandIdothisbeforeIgotobedbecausemybrainkindofthinksaboutitwhileIsleepandsometimesIllstartmovingthingsaroundSafecoifIdropoffmydaughteratschoolandthenruntothepharmacyandthenruntothegrocerystoreratherthanwaitingtogotothepharmacyuntilafterIpickupmydaughterfromschool.Icanbemuchmoreefficientwithmytimeandthisworkswithdinnertoo.Butmorefishingearlierinthedayisgoingtogiveyouaclearcleanerslatewhenitistimetofix.dinnerthesecondtipthatIhaveistoobserve.Starttrackinghowlongcatsreallytakesaladsputtogetherin5minutes,butmakeitreallytakesmemorelike10minutestodoitorIthinkImightheadthatIcancookpizzaformyfamilyin30minutes.Butinrealityittakesmemorelike45minutestoafullhourstartlookingandseeinghowlongcookingcastactuallytakeandmakeeitheraphysicaloratleastamentalnoteofthatstuffthatyoucanbetterestimateyourtimeoftentimespeoplethatareridingrecipesarefoodprofessionalandIveheardStacybilasandmakeuswanttotalkaboutthisondidntIjustfeedyouandIthinkitsreallytrueisthatwhenyouareworkingwithfoodeveryday,especiallyifyouhavehadculinarytrainingYourknifeskillsarebetterandyoucangetalotdonefasterinthekitchensimplybecauseyourknifeskillsarebetter.Ifyouarewantingtolevelupyourcookinggametakingaknifeskillsclasscanbesomethingthatcanreallyreallyhelpyou.Iknowyearsago.TherewasalocalChefwhohadarestaurantandsheofferedcookingclassesonSundayafternoons,andshewasofferingandknifeskillsclassmyhusbandandIwereearlymarried.Ithinkitwasourfirstyearofmarriage.Itwaskindofanexpensiveclass,butItoldhimIsaid,Ireallywanttotakethisclass.AndcanItellyouthatin4hourssheleveledupmyniceBillsgame.Iamnotaprofessionalchef.Iamnotaninjawhenitcomestotheknives,butIcertainlyamalotfasterthanyouraverageJoe.SoifyoueverwanttoinvestinyouSpelltohavetheopportunitytotakeaknifeskillsclass.Ihighlyrecommenditbecauseitwillmakeyoufasterinthekitchen.Butmypointissayingthisisprofessionalrecipedeveloperareawesomefasterinthekitchen.ThentheaverageMomandDadcookingdinneronaTuesdaynight.Andsoifitsaysitsgoingtotake5minutesofpreptime.Iwantyoutolookandseewhatyoureactuallydoingduringthatpreptime.Andifyouknowthatyourenotfatwiththeknifeestimateafewmoreminutescuzitsgoingtotakeyoualittlebitlonger.SoIdeservehowlongitreallytakesyoutoexecutesomeofthesetasksandstartaddingthattothetimethatitsgoingtotakeyoutogetdinneronthetable.Mynexttiptipnumberthreeistodothingsintherightorder.Canyoudosomeofthecookingtasksatthesametime?WhichiswhatLisaWoodruffwouldcalltaskstacking.ThisisnotmultitaskingandIwilltalkaboutthatinalittlebitbecausemulti-taskingwillslowyoudownbuttasksstackingwillmakeyoumoreefficientinthekitchen.Letmegiveyouanexampleismaybeyoucanhavethemeatcookinginthepanwhileyouarechoppingtheveggiesbecausethemeatsgoingtotakeawhiletosteerandyouknowthatyoucanchopthatamountofveggiesintheamountoftime.Itsgoingtotakeyoutogetthechickencookinginthepan.Whenyouredoingthingslikeastirfryitgosofastthatyouwanteverythingpreppedaheadoftime.ButtherearelotsofotherrecipeswhereitsbettertokindofprepasyougostartthethingthatneedstogointothepanfirstgetitgoingandletthattimeworkwhileyouaredoingTheNextStepyouwanttomakesurethatyouaredoingtasksintherightorder.Forexample,ifourfamilypreferstoeatbrownriceoverwhitericemostofthetime30or40minutestocookevenintheinstantpot.AndsoifImcookingdinner,IneedtostartwiththericebeforeIeatandtakeitoutoftherefrigeratortogetitcookieisgoingtotakethelongestamountoftimeanditkindofgetsbetterifitcooksandthenitjustsitsatthepropertemperatureonkey.Warmforalittlebitlonger.Soyouwanttomakesurethatyoudothetasksintherightorder?Issomethingisgoingintheovenyouwanttogettheovenpreheatedassoonasyoustepinthekitchenbecauseonceyoustartcookingitseasytoforgettoturnontheovenandthenevenhavetowaitforittopreheatwhichisgoingtomakedinnertakelonger.Youwanttomakesurethatyouaredoingtasksintherightorder.Ivetalkedaboutthisbeforeonmyfriendepisode,butitsreallyimportant.Imgoingtorepeatitagainisifyouareworkingoutsidethehomeyouneedtohaveanaproneverybodyneedstohaveanapronapronsarelikeadultbibsandtheyarethemostwonderfulthingsintheworldespeciallyoneswithpocketsthatyoucanputthingsinandtheykeepyourclothesfromgettingoffonthistask,butthattothoseofyouforworkingoutsidethehomeSomanytimeswhenyoucomeinfromwork,Ihavedonethis.Thefirstthingyouwanttodoisgetyourworkclothesoffandgetonyourcomfyhomeclose,butifyoucanholdoffputonanapronsoyoudontgetyourworkclothes,butstartcookingsomethingitmightjustbegettingthewatertoboilforthepastaoritmightbegettingtheovenonpreheatormaybeitstochopafewveggiesandgetalittlebitofchickenmarinatinginsomesoysauce.ButifyoucangetacoupleofstepsdonewithanaprononyouaregoingtosaveyourselfminutesmaybeevenlongerbecauseweallknowthatwhenyoulookatyourFacebookandyouwanttogetdinnerstartedbeforeyouchangeyourclothesyouwillgetdinneronthetablesomuchfaster.Ifyouarenotworkingoutsidethehomeandyourelikemeandyoukindofgetintotaskmodeandyoulosetrackoftime,youprobablywanttosetanalarmonyourphonetoremindyouthatyouneedtostopwhatyouredoingandgoandfixdinner.Howmanytimeshaveyougottenintoataskminutesturnsinto50minutesandprettysoonyourfamilyiscrankyandhungryandaskingwhendinnerisgoingtobereadyandwhentheystartaskingthatyouknowthattheytippedoverintoImhungryandIwantfoodnowmodeandyouregoingtofeelthepressureofhavingtogetdinnerfasteranditsgoingtoactuallyslowyoudown.Whatstransitionsintomyfourthtipwhichistrynottomultitaskwhenyougotocookdinner.Tryandfocusoncookingdinner,whateveryouweredoingbeforeyougotocookdinnertryandturnthatoff.Ifyoureatyourcomputerworkingphysicallyturnoffthecomputer.IfyouvebeenhelpingyourkidswithyourhomeworksayImgoingtogoandfixdinner.Now,whateveryouaredoingthisfortryandcompletethattasksothatyoucanfullyfocusonfixingdinnerwhenyouaretryingtofixdinnerandhelpakidwithhomeworkandchattoyourmomonthephoneyourbrainslowsdownandyoustartdoingthetaskslower.Ifyoucanreallyfocusononetaskatatime.Youwillbesomuchmoreefficientinthekitchennow,thatsnotMultitaskingisdifferentthanthattaskstackinganddoingthingsintherightorderthatItalkedaboutalittlebitearlier.Whenyougointothekitchenyouwanttohaveagameplanofwhatordereachelementofdinnerneedstobedone.ItslikeThanksgivingdinneriskindoftheSuperBowl.IsthatwhereyouhavetolikeplanwhatsgoingintoyourovenatwhattimesoyoumakesurethateverythingiscookedatthesametimebutaTuesdaynightdinnersometimeshastwoorthreeelementsthatyourecookingandyouwanttomakesurethatthosearedoneatthesametimetoo.AndyouwanttostarttheTasintherightorder,butthatisnotthesameastalkingtoyourmomonthephonewhileyourecookingdinnerforhelpingyourkidwithyourhomeworkwhileyourecookingdinner.Now,thisisreallyhardifyouareamomoflittleonesbecausedontyouknowthatthesecondyoustepintothekitchenevenifyourkidswerehappilyplayingdoingsomethingcompletelyontheirowntheywillbethereactuallyhangingonyouwhiningbecausetheyrehungry.Andwantingtohelpyou.Imnotafraidtohelphavemykidshelpmeinthekitchen,butImbusyweeknights.Ireallywanttojustfocusongettingdinneronthetableandthenfocusonthemifyouhavekidswithlittleonesthismaybethetimetousesomefreetime.Butyouwantedusethatscreentimewiselygetasmuchcrapaspossibledonebeforeyouletthemturnontheshow.Dontletthemturnontheshowbeforeyouevengottenintothekitchenandgotteneverythingoutonthecounterthethingsthatyoucanhandlewiththemaroundandthenletthemstarttoshowwhenyouarereadytofocusontheworkofgettingdinnerdone.Eachfamilyhastheirownwaysofdealingwithchildren,especiallywhentheyrelittlebutknowthatIknowthatitshardernottomultitaskwhenyourkidsarelittlebuttryandavoiditasmuchaspossiblesothatyoucanfocusondinnerandgetitonthetablefaster.Theresmyfourtipsforhelpingyougetdinneronthetablealittlefaster.Youwanttoplanahead.IfyoudonthavethatWeeklymealplanningsheetgotofeedyourfamilytonight.Calmplantogetacopyofit.Youwanttostartobservinghowlongittakesyoutodotheactualcookinganoteofthateitherphysicallyoratleastmentallysothatshecanmakebettercalculationsfortheamountoftime.Itactuallytakestogetdinneronthetabledothingsintherightorderthingsthattakelongeryouwanttostartfirst.Youcandosometasksstackingwhenyouredoingthingsintherightorderyougetthericecookingandthenwhilethemeatiscooking.Youcanstartchoppingthevegetables,buttrynottomultitaskwhenyouareworkingondinnerFocusasmuchaspossibleonjustgettingdinneronratherthanhelpingyourkidswithyourhomeworktalkingtoyourmomonyourphone,buteveryotherthingsthatcantakeawayyourattention.Ihopethesefourtipshelpyougetdinneronthetablealittlefaster.Iwouldlovetoconnectwithyou.IfyoufeedyourfamilytonightFacebookgroupandhearyourtipsforgettingdinneronthetablefaster.Youcanjointhat.Justgotofacebook.comfeedyourfamilytonightandclickthejoingroupbutton,andnowfriendsitsbeenajoytalkwithyou.Haveagreatweek.Takecare.Thanksforlisteningtofeedyourfamilytonightpodcastwithyourhostmarifibyifyouliketheshowandwanttoknowmore,pleasevisitfeedyourfamilytonight.Calmandifyoudliketohelpsupporttheshow,pleaseleavearadioreviewoniTunesorapplepodcastithelpedspreadthewordthatyoucanfeedyourfamilytonight.

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