Menu Planning may sound like a lot of work, but it's actually one of the laziest things I've ever done. Since I started planning our meals for the week (and eventually the month) I've noticed some improvements in the way we eat and in the way I shop. Knowing what's for dinner not only saves time, it saves money and helps us eat healthier as well.
By planning out the week's meals I can make a more effective list for the grocery store and purchase only those items that we will need for the week. I make fewer impulse and duplicate purchases, and have practically eliminated the mid-week run to the grocery store—not to mention those impromptu take-out nights.
And if you display your menu where the family will see it, you'll never hear the words, "Mom, what's for dinner?" again!
Monday, March 3, 2008
2 boxes Mac & Cheese Mix (the kind with the powder)
1 can or jar (approx. 15-16 oz.) Pizza Sauce
1 (12 oz.) pkg Mozzarella Cheese-divided
1/4 cup Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 pkg (4 oz.) Pepperoni
and/or any of your additional favorite pizza toppings (good way to get your kids to eat veggies!)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Cook macaroni noodles until just underdone. I usually take 1-2 minutes off the recommended time on the package. Drain noodles and place in a 9"x13" baking pan. Add the powder from the mac & cheese mix, pizza sauce, 1/2 the mozzarella cheese, and all pizza toppings. Stir to blend.
Top with the grated parmesan cheese and the remaining mozzarella cheese.
Bake at 350 degrees f. for approx 30 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.