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
Easy Cinnamon Breadsticks
1 lb loaf bread dough (I use frozen)
2 T butter, melted
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
cream cheese icing; warmed for dipping (Optional)
2 T olive oil
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*. Mix cinnamon and sugar until blended; set aside.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Turn dough onto lightly greased baking pan and press out to desired size, or approx. 8 x 15 inches. Allow dough to rise for 10 - 20 mins. Bake for approximately 12 - 15 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 of the bread.) Sprinkle generously with cinnamon sugar. Cut into 8 (or more) breadsticks. Serve warm with icing (if desired).
Yeild 8 breadsticks
*This step will take several hours if using frozen dough.