Do you Menu?

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!

Saturday, September 12, 2009


1 lb loaf bread dough (I use frozen)
1/4 cup pizza sauce* (optional)
1/2 lb ground beef, cooked and crumbled
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
pepperoni, green peppers, onions, and/or other pizza toppings as desired
1 - 2 T butter, melted
Awesome Breadstick Seasoning
2 T olive oil
extra pizza sauce* (for dipping)

Place bread in large bowl and pour olive oil over loaf; turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Place bowl in warm place and allow to rise until doubled**.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Turn dough onto lightly greased baking pan and press out into approx. a 10 - 12 inch circle. Spread sauce over one half of the dough making sure to leave about 1/2 inch at the edge clean for pressing together. Sprinkle half the mozzarella cheese over the sauce. Add ground beef and other pizza toppings over the cheese and add remaining cheese. Sprinkle generously with breadstick seasoning. Fold the uncovered side of the dough over and pinch the edges well to seal. Make a small slit in the top to vent.

Bake for approximately 25 - 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and brush with melted butter (I usually just use the stick and rub it generously all over the top.) Sprinkle generously with breadstick seasoning.

Serves 2 (or more, depending on how many toppings added)

*Marinara may be substituted if desired
**This step will take several hours if using frozen dough.

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