WelcometotheFuturefamilytonight,podcast,doyoudreadhearingthequestion,whatsfordinner?Whetheryouspendyourdays,keepingupwithtoddlers,runningkidstoafter-school,activitiesarejuggling,acareerandfamilygettingdinneronthetable.CanbeastruggleforusallIdontreceivebackabusinessownerwifeandmomoffour.Imonamissiontobuildstrongerfamilies.Onedinneratatime.AndImherewithtips,tricksandinspiration.Youneedtofeedyourfamilytonight.Hello,friends,welcometothefeed,yourfamilytonight,podcastepisode233.Today,wearetalkingaboutfourwaystogiveyourselfabreakintheKitchen.LastweekwasallaboutmyexperiencewitheatingoutandwhatIthoughtabouteatingoutasachildagain,IdidntgrowupeatingoutveryoftensoitwasntpartofmyroutineandItalkedabouthowIgetabreakfromcookingeveryweekbecausemymotherhasisoverforfamilydinner,soIcancountononenightaweekwhereIdonthavetocook.No,Iknowmostfamiliesdonthavethat.Soaswegothroughourfourreasonstoday,noneofthemisgoovertoyourmomsfordinner.AlthoughthatishowIgetmykitchenbrakeonaregularbasisanditsareallyimportantpartofourweek.Dispersedreasonthatwehavemightseemreallyobvious,butitsgoouttodinnerorget,takeoutasafamily.Itstheobviouschoiceanditsthewaymostfamilies.GetabreakfromcookingbutIhaveacoupleofwaysthatyoucanmaximizeyourbreakwhenyouchoosetoeatout.Thefirstthingisthatyouwanttolandforit,putitonyourmealplanfortheweekthatyouaregoingtogoouttoeatonFridaynightorthatyouregoingtogettakeoutonTuesday,putitonyourmealplanandtheresacoupleofreasons.Why,thefirstreasonisthatitfreesyoufromthatguiltthatyouhavehowmanytimeshaveyouendedupeatingoutdinner?Becauseyougettotheendofthedayandyourekindoftoastandyoureallyjustdontfeellikecookingandyourelike,Ishouldmakethatstirfry,butIamjustgoingtochoosetogettakeoutinsteadandyoufeellikeyoufailedasamomorfield.Isakitchencookbecauseyouchoseatthelastminutetogettakeoutratherthanmakethethingthatyoualreadyplanned.FreeYourselfofthatguiltandputitonyourplanyearsago.Wetookourchildrenonaveryspecialvacation.Ihadsavedupallofmyearningsforoverayeartobeabletopayforthespecialtrip,wemadethechoicetotellourchildrenlongaheadoftime,whereweweregoing,helpthemchoosesomeofthethingsthatwewouldbedoingwhenweweregoingonthisvacationandtheanticipationofthejoyofthevacationwasalmostasimportantasactuallygoingonavacationitself.Therearelotsofpeoplethatwilltalkaboutthis,thatthinkingaboutandplanning,avacationcanbejustasmuchofthejoyoftheexperience,theanticipationandlookingforwardtoitastheapp.Toexperienceitself.AndIreallyfeellikewitheatingoutthatisreally,reallytrue.Soifyouputitonyourmealplan,atthebeginningoftheweek,youhaveittolookforwardtoallweeklonganditkindofhelpsyougetthroughthetimeswhereyoureallydontfeellikebeinginthekitchen,italsobuildsomeanticipationforyouanditfrees.Youofthatguiltthatplanschangedandyoufailedbecauseyoudidntfollowyourmealplan.Iamnevergoingtosaythatyouhavefailedbecauseyoudidnotfollowyourmealplan.Ihavesaidmanytimesthatmymealplanchanges,usuallyonceaweekandthereisnoshameinthatgame.Itisokayforyourmealplantochange.Itistheretoserveyouandyoudonthavetobegluedtoyourbillplan,butwhenyouputabreaksuchaseatingoutonyourmealplan,itisgoingtohelpyougetthroughtheweekanditsgoingtogiveyousomething.Tolookforwardto.Soifyouareusingeatingoutasyourwaytogiveyourselfakitchenbreak,putitonyourmealplanplanforitexperience,thejoyoflookingforwardtoit.Whileweretalkingabouteatingout,Iwanttotalkalittlebitabouttakeoutinparticular.Goingthroughthedrive-thrulinewithseveralchildrenintheminivanwithdifferentpreferences,canbeareallystressfulexperience.Youhaveonekidthatwantstheirhamburgerwithketchupandnopickles.Andtheotherkidthatwantsmayoandpickles.Only,andyouretryingtopieceitalltogetherwhichwhichkidhaswhatdrinkandwhohasfries?Andwhohasappleslices?Anditcanbereallystressful.Haveyoubeenthere?Tryingtogetawholefamilyorderandtotakeoutcanbeaverystressfulthing.SowhatIencourageyoutodoisifyouaredoing,takeouttowritedown,everybodysorderbeforeyouleaveyourhouse,orifyoureoutandaboutandyourecatching,takeoutonyourwayhome,fromsometypeinthebuttofaneventorsomething.Intheparkinglot,askeverybodywhattheywant,andthenwriteitdownonastickynote,oranindexcard,oranypieceofpaper,youcanfindinyourminivan,oryourSUV.Thatwaywhenyougetuptotheordering,doc,youknowexactlywhatyoureorderingandittakesallofthatstressandyoudonthavekidsyellingfromthebackoftheminivan.Idontwantpicklesandanativewithpicklesandtheyhateyouforlife.AskmehowIknowherownasifyoucanwritetheorderdownbeforeyouleavethehouseandleavethekidswithanoldersiblingoryourspousesothatyoudonthavetotakethemwithyouandyoucangetafewminutes.Alltoyourselfplay,yourfavoritemusic,playthefeed,yourfamilytonightpodcast.Onthewayinthecar,orjusthaveafewmomentsofpeaceandquiet.Thewholeexperienceissomucheasierandyougetanevenbiggerbreak.Ifyouaretheonetogotothestoreratherthanyourspouseandyoupickitupbecauseyougetafewminutestoyourself.Sobestrategic.AndyoureusedtotakeoutrightdownthoseordersbeforeyouleaveandthenYoucangobyyourselftogettotakeoutandbringithome.Evenbetter.Takeeverybodytotheparkandeatattheparksothatthemessdoesntevercomeinyourhouse.Youcanuseitasyourwaytodoapicnicbygettingtakeout.Sothatyoudonthavetocook,youdonthavetoplanthepicnicandthenitturnsdinnerintoanactivityforyourchildren.Ididthisalotwhenmykidswerelittle,especiallyintheSummerwhereweneededtofillourdaysmorebecausetherewerelessactivitiesandhavingtakeoutasapicnic,wasonetechniquethatIusedtoreallygivemyselfabreakandmaximisetheuseofthetakeout.Option.Numbertwotogiveyourselfabreakfromcookingistousefrozenfoods.Now,technicallyyourreheatingfoodbutitisntthesameascookingandthatwouldbeenoughofabreakforyoutoclearyourheadandhelpyoukindofgetbackintothegrooveoffeedingyourfamily,justgivingyouenoughofabreakthatyoudonthavetodothemainpartofthecooking.AllyouhavetodoisdumpabagofTrader,Joes,orange,chicken,ontoapanandheatitup.TraderJoesistheperfectdestinationforfamily.FrozenFoods,theyhavelotsoffamilysize,pre-madefoodsthatallyouhavetodoisreheattwoofourfamilysfavoritesistheorangechicken,whichbasicallyitslikedeepfriedchickenorapotsticker.Myfamilyreallylikestherechickenpotstickers.Theyhavechickenandporkandshrimp,andallsortsofdifferentkinds.ItsagreatplacetogoandgetfamilysizeFrozenFoods.MydearfriendDianealwayshasaStoufferslasagnainherfreezerandthatiskindofhercookingbreakoff.Andifshedoesnthavetothinkaboutmakingtheentree,shecouldjustpullthatStoufferslasagnaoutofthefreezer,putitintheovenandanhourlater.Dinnerisservedagain,gettingabreakfromthekitchen,maynotbethatyouarentinthekitchenatall,butnothavingtoactuallyphysicallydomostofthecookingandmostofthepreparationbyusingquality.Frozenfoodscanbeagreatwaytogiveyourselfabreakinthekitchen.OnemorelittlewordonFrozenFoodsisagreatbackupmeals.Whenyouhavedayswherethewheelsfalloffandyourplansreallydofallapart.Ifweallhavedayslikethat,abagoffrozenpotstickers,orabagoffrozen,orangechickenorwhatever.YourfavoriteFrozenconveniencefoodisafrozen.Pizzaisagreatexamplethatyoucanjustquicklyputintheovenin20minutes,itsdone.Theycanbereallygreatbackupmealsbutitsokaytoputthemonyourplanasaplanmeals.IdonthavetojustbereservedforbacksoyoucanplantousetheseFrozenFoodsasawayofgivingyourselfakitchenbreak.TheThirdWayofgivingyourselfabreakfromthekitchen.Mightbealittlecontroversialbecausesomeofthebestpartsofnotcookingisnotplanningandnothavingtodealwithamessykitchen.Butifyouhaveaspouseoranolderkidinthehouse,thatiscapableoffixingdinner.Maybethatisawaytogiveyourselfabreakinthekitchen,isyourhubbyreallygoodatgrillingchickenbreastandtheycangrill,chicken,breast,fordinner,ormaybeyouvegotakidthatthinkstheyregoingtobethenextchoppedchampion,andtheylovetobecreativeinthekitchenandtheycanfixdinnerforyou.Ifyouchoosetousethistechniqueofhavingsomeoneelseinyourfamily,cookdinnerforyourbreakfromthekitchen,itneedstobeveryclearwhatyouexpectfromthem.Ihavefourthingsthatyouwanttoclarify.Beforeyouhavesomeoneelseinyourfamily,Cooktobeyourbreakinthekitchen.Thefirstthingis,Lancethemeal.Areyouplanningthemealoraretheyplanningthemeal?Thesecondisclosetoit.Whoisgoingtobuytheingredients?Areyougoingtoplayinthemailwiththem?Aretheygoingtoplanit?Doyouhavetogotothegrocerystore?Aretheygoingtomakeaspecialtriptothegrocerystore?Thethirdthingis,whattimedoesyourfamilyneedtoeatonthatnight?Ifyoudelegatecookingtoyour12yearoldsemichefandtheytaketwoandahalfhourstomakedinnerandallthesudden,its8andeverybodyshungryandcrankybecausetheywerebeingcreativeinthekitchenthatisnotgivingyouabreak.So,itneedstobeveryclearwithwhateverscooking,whattimedinnerneedstobeready,andtheyneedtoplanaccordinglyandforthandthisisthemostimportantclarificationthatyouneedtomake.Ifsomeoneiscookingforyou,sothatyougetabreakis,whowasgoingtocleanup.Andwhatdoescleanupreallymean?Mykidswillthinkthattakingallofthedishesoffthestoveandputtingtheminthesinkandleavingthemtheretosoak.Quoteonquote,iscleaningupthedishes,Idontthinkcleanedupiscleanedupunlessallofthedishesaredonethekitchen.Tankisempty.Anythingthatneedstobehandwashed,hishandwashing,everythingisdriedandputaway.Thatiswhatcleanedupmeanstome.Soyouneedtobeveryclearwithyourexpectationsofwhatcleanupmeansbecauseotherwiseitsnotabreakforyouandyoullbestressedout.Irememberyearsago,IhadafriendwhobroughtmedinnerafterIhadsurgeryandIsaid,oh,Imcapableofcooking.AndshegoesMarie,thegiftofthisisthatyoudonthavetoplanit.YoudonthavetogotothestoreandbuyitandyoucanfocusonrestingandRecovery.Iknowyouarephysicallycapableofcooking,butIwanttogiveyouthegiftofnothavingtothinkaboutdinner,nothavingtoplanit,nothavingtogotothegrocerystoreandnothavingtodoallofthedishes.So,whensomeoneelsecooksforyou,makesureyoutakethatplanningpeaceintoaccountandmakesurethatyoureallyaregettingabreaksothatyoudontfeelresentful.ThefourthwaytogiveyourselfabreakfromcookingisuseyourgroceryDeli.Thisisagreatwaytogetalessexpensivetakeoutdinnerespeciallyifyoureonatighterbudget,ourfamilyreallylikesthefriedchickenfromourlocalgrocerystore.WealsoliketheChinesetakeoutformylocalgrocerystoreandbothofthoseoptionswhenyouarefeeding,afamilyofsixismuchlessexpensivethangoingtoPopeyesorKentuckyFriedChickentogetchickenorgoingtoourlocalChinesetakeouttogetChinesefoodforourfamily,thatDeliandagrocerystore.Sure.Itsmoreexpensivethanbuyingfoodandfixingitmyself,butitsmuchlessexpensivethandoingtakeout.Samewitharotisseriechicken.Canyoumakeyourownchickenandroastedfromscratch?Absolutely.Willittastedelicious?Ifyoufollowmymethod,ittotallywillbutifyouknowthatyoudontfeellikecookinggrabthat.Tisserie,Chickenusethatfordinnerorusethattoquickly,makesomequesadillas.Butthedeliatyourlocalgrocerystorecanbeagreatwaytogiveyourselfabreakfromcooking.Imatthegrocerystore.Anyway,soIwillgrababagofsaladalongwitha16or8pieceoffriedchicken.Bringithome.Wevegotthesalad,wethrowitinsomebowlsorevenbetter.Nowisthetimetousesomepaperplates.Imtryingtogivemyselfabreakfromthekitchen.SoIllpulloutthepaperplateseverynowandthenitsnotsomethingIliketodoallthetime.Butonoccasion,itsokaytopulloutthepaperplates,myfriendlives.Shewashavingareally,reallybusyweekat.Shewashavingdancerecitalsandallsortsofpracticesinrehearsals.AndsheshowedmeapictureonherInstagramofher,pullingouther.Eco-friendlypaperplatesandshegoes,sometimesyoujustneedtopulloutthepaperplatesandImlike,yes,LizwhenyouareupYoureyeballsandyourehavingabusyweekthatisthetimetogiveyourselfalittlebitofabreakandpulloutthepaperplace.So,ifyouregettingdelichickenandyouregettingabagsaladandcallingthatdinner,thatisagreatwaytousethepaperplatesandgiveyourselfjustalittlebitofabreakfromthekitchen.Thisstifftipiskindofabonustipbecauseitsnotunlikethefreezer.Areyou?Technicallyarecookingisthethingthatburdensyouwithgettingdinneron?Thetableisplanningwhattomakeandgoingtothegrocerystoreandgettingtheingredients.Thenusingsomethinglikeameal.Deliverykit,likehello,FreshBlue.Apron.Theresahundredofthemoutthere.Itdoesntreallymatterwhichoneyouuse.Thatcanbeagreatwaytogiveyourselfabreakandusingamealdeliveryservice.Likethatgivesyousomethingelse.IsitkindofSparksyourcreativity,oftentimesthosemeals.TheyreverysimplebuttheyuseFlavorsthatyoudontusuallymakeinyourhomeanditcanbeagoodwaytogetsomenewinspiration,forsomenewideas,andsomenewflavors,andsomenewrecipesinyourhome.At.Iveknownpeoplethathavegottenhellofreshandthentheylljustkeeptherecipecardsandtheywillgoandbuytheingredientsoverandoveragaintomaketherecipesthattheymadewithhellofresh.Andtheyuseswaytookindofsparktheircreativitywhentheywerefindingthemselvesgettinginadinner,right?Sothisagain,youarecookingwhenyoureusingthesemealkitdeliveryservices,butitdoesgiveyouamentalbreakfromplanninganditcouldsparkyourcreativitywhichwillhelpyouinthefutureinthekitchen.Friends.IsaidlastweekandIwillstandbythestatementisthateverymomneedsabreakatleastonedayaweekinthekitchen.Therearelotsofwaysthatyoucangetthisbreak,Ivegivenyoufortoday.ButIknowthereareotherwaysthatyoucangetbreaksfromcookinginthekitchen.Willyoujoinmeinthefeed,yourfamilytonight,Facebook,group,andshare,oneofyourfavoritewaysofgettingabreakfromcookinginthekitchen?Icantwaittohearwhatotherpeoplearedoingtogivethemselvesalittlebitofabreakfornow,friends.Ihopeyouhaveagreatweekday.

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