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!
Friday, July 18, 2008
Mom & Cyndi's Beef Stew
1 can beef stock
1 can water*
2 t beef crystals* (I use Wylers in the jar)
1 can of peas
1 can of carrots
2 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 t browning sauce
salt & pepper to taste
olive oil (approx 1/4 cup)
flour (approx 1/4 cup)
In a dutch oven over medium-high heat, heat olive oil; add beef, sprinkle flour over beef and stir; saute until meat is browned. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2 hrs or until meat is tender and sauce is thickened.
*The water and beef crystals may be substituted with another can of stock, but I feel the beef crystals add that extra little "something."