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How to Reduce the Amount of Time You Spend in the Kitchen

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Reduce the Amount of Time You Spend in the Kitchen
Create and Use Meal Plans
This is the #1 thing you can do to make your time in the kitchen as efficient as possible.
Mix Extra
It can save you HOURS in the future. For instance, I have now in my freezer 3 made-in-advance meatloaves, and 2 night's worth of meatballs. That's 5 nights in the near future that all I'll have to do is pull one out, thaw it, put it in a cast iron skillet, and bake.
Cook Up on the Weekend
Often if I have a busy week ahead I'll make a huge pot of spaghetti sauce on the weekend which will then be used during the week for spaghetti or one of the meals listed below.
Reuse Something in a Different Dish
That spaghetti sauce mentioned (as well as the meatloaf mixture) could be repurposed into stuffed peppers or cabbage. Put Leftovers in the Freezer
Also right now I have 2- 1 gallon bags with homemade vegetable beef soup. That's 2 more nights when I won't have to cook.
Make Weeknight Salads Easy
Spending a few hours on Saturday can give you salad fixings for all week. It is so worth the time and effort because once done, you're done.
Enlist the Aid of Your Spouse
I honestly believe that any spouse can learn to cook something… even if it's a meal of frozen burritos. Get him his own cookbook for Christmas. Let him cook BBQ if that's what he loves. Have him pull one of your meals out of the freezer. Just get him helping.
Get Kids Helping at a Young Age
Kids also need to help and can do so at a very young age. Two of mine began cooking before they reached double digits.
Then Let Them Have Some Responsibility in the Kitchen
Once you get them started it really is worth the time and effort to keep the training going.
These are things that can help you reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen.
If you found this video helpful then don’t forget to “Like” it so it’ll be easier for others to find.
Also, I’d love it if you’d “Pin” me and pass me on to your friends.
Finally, if you have a Home Time Management topic you’d like to see covered shoot me an email @
marysegers@marysegers.com
My goal as a Home Time Management Coach is to help you save time on the things you HAVE to do… such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and housework so that you can reinvest that time into your marriage, your kids, your family and friends, and even yourself.
If you’d like more tips then sign up for my free 58 page eBook on Home Time Management and Cooking which is available for download from my website @ http://marysegers.com/get-book
If you'd like to learn more about Home Time Management then join my email list @ http://marysegers.com/join and I'll send you daily emails aimed at covering all aspects of Home Time Management including saving time on cooking, cleaning, laundry, housework and then spending that time on your spouse, your kids, your family and friends, and even yourself.

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How to Reduce the Amount of Time You Spend in the Kitchen

  1. 1. How to Reduce the Amount of Time You Spend in the Kitchen (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  2. 2. I think the vast majority of women will agree with me; we don't want to completely quit cooking for our families… we just don't want to feel like we're tethered to the kitchen. There are ways to make the most out of the time you spend in the kitchen. It sounds like a cliché but it’s true what they say… it really is about working smarter not harder or longer. So… how do you untether yourself? (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  3. 3. Create and Use Meal Plans In my opinion, this is the #1 thing you can do to make your time in the kitchen… if not as short, then… as efficient as possible. The more prepared you are the quicker you can get in and out. No surprise there. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  4. 4. Mix Extra While this may cost a little bit of time in the beginning, it can save you HOURS in the future. For instance, I have now in my freezer 3 made-in-advance meatloaves, and 2 night's worth of meatballs. That's 5 nights in the near future that all I'll have to do is pull one out, thaw it, put it in a cast iron skillet, and bake. No mixing, no chopping, no crying. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  5. 5. Cook Up on the Weekend Often if I have a busy week ahead I'll make a huge pot of spaghetti sauce on the weekend which will then be used during the week for spaghetti or one of the meals listed below. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  6. 6. Reuse Something in a Different Dish That spaghetti sauce mentioned (as well as the meatloaf mixture) could be repurposed into stuffed peppers or cabbage. Leftover chicken could be made into tacos. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  7. 7. Put Leftovers in the Freezer Also right now I have 2- 1 gallon bags with homemade vegetable beef soup. That's 2 more nights when I won't have to cook. Heck, I won't even have to bake anything… just thaw and heat. And it's just as good the second time around. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  8. 8. Make Weeknight Salads Easy So many people say they'd love salads during the week as quick, easy, and healthier alternatives to heavy meat-centered meals. What stops them is because although they are easy to serve, the prep work to cut up all the ingredients seems to take as long as earning a degree. Spending a few hours on Saturday can give you salad fixings for all week. It is so worth the time and effort because once done, you're done. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  9. 9. Enlist the Aid of Your Spouse I honestly believe that any spouse can learn to cook something… even if it's a meal of frozen burritos. • Get him his own cookbook for Christmas. • Let him cook BBQ if that's what he loves. • Have him pull one of your meals out of the freezer. Just get him helping. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  10. 10. Get Kids Helping at a Young Age Kids also need to help and can do so at a very young age. Two of mine began cooking before they reached double digits. Granted, they had helped me in the kitchen so they were somewhat familiar with the whole process. And that's my point here… let them cook young with supervision. My older daughter's first meal was Ramen noodles and my younger daughter's was burritos. My younger son's first meal was sausage and spaghetti sauce over noodles. And were they ever proud of what they fixed! (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  11. 11. Then Let Them Have Some Responsibility in the Kitchen Once you get them started it really is worth the time and effort to keep the training going. When my older daughter was around 13 she'd come home from school and see what I'd laid out for dinner and many times she'd have it cooked when I got home. I'm talking pork chops, mashed potatoes (real… don't give that girl "fake" ones), and some veggie like broccoli. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  12. 12. These are things I've implemented through the years and I know… from experience… how much time they've saved me. And I know that every one of them can help you reduce the amount of time you spend in the kitchen. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  13. 13. If you found this video helpful then don’t forget to “Like” it so it’ll be easier for others to find. Also, I’d love it if you’d “Pin” me and pass me on to your friends. And, if you have a Home Time Management topic you’d like to see covered shoot me an email @ marysegers@marysegers.com (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  14. 14. Speaker My goal as a Home Time Management Coach is to help you save time on the things you HAVE to do such as: • Cooking • Cleaning • Laundry • Housework So that you can reinvest that time into: • Your marriage • Your kids • Your family and friends • Yourself (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  15. 15. If you’d like more ideas then sign up for my free 58 page eBook aimed at… Home Time Management and Cooking which is available for download from my website @ http://marysegers.com/cookingbook (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  16. 16. If you'd like to learn more about Home Time Management then join my email list @ http://marysegers.com/join And I'll send you daily emails aimed at covering all aspects of Home Time Management including saving time on: • Cooking • Cleaning • Laundry • Housework And then spending that time on: • Your spouse • Your kids • Your family and friends • Yourself (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com
  17. 17. Remember… You only have ONE LIFE. It's up to you how you live it. (c) Home Time Management 2013 | Mary Segers http://marysegers.com

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