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
Pop Pop's Chili
2 lbs ground beef
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 med onion, chopped
2 15 oz. cans red beans (or light red kidney beans)
1 15 oz. can petite diced or crushed tomatoes
1 small can tomato paste
1 t cumin
2 T chili powder
2 cups water
Brown ground beef in 4-5 quart dutch oven. Drain. Add chopped vegetables and saute with meat until they are softened and onions are translucent. Add remaining ingredients and simmer all day (at least 6-8 hours). Serve with saltines, cheese, chopped green onion, sour cream, or any other favorite chili toppings.
Of course chili always tastes better the second day. I usually sneak one bowl for myself then let it cool and then reheat it for the next night's family dinner. :)