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!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Pop Pop's Green Beans & Potatoes
1 lb red potatoes, unpeeled, cut into quarters
1/2 t Wyler's Beef Crystals or 1 bullion cube
1-2 T bacon grease*
salt & pepper to taste
Place all ingredients in crockpot arranging potatoes on top of beans. Add just enough water to cover potatoes. Cook on high 5-6 hours or until potatoes are fork tender.
*We always canned our own vegetables when I was a kid, but you can substitute an equal amount of commercially canned or frozen green beans.
*Butter may be substituted for the bacon grease. Pop Pop always used bacon grease, but we use butter now and it really doesn't make TOO much of a difference.
VARIATION: You can omit the bacon grease and add chunks of ham for a main dish.