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!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Mexican Rice with Chorizo Sausage
This is not really a recipe, just a meal idea...
1 lb chorizo sausage (I use the mild sausage, but you can use whatever your family prefers)
2 packages Lipton's Mexican Rice Mix
2 cups shredded cheese (I use either sharp cheddar, or a colby/jack mix, or a blend of all three)
In a large skillet, cook the chorizo until done. Slice it into bite-size pieces and return to pan. Prepare the rice mix according to package instructions in the same pan with the chorizo sausage. Sprinkle with shredded cheese. Cover and allow cheese to melt. Serves 4