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, November 10, 2009
3/4 cup butter OR butter flavor Crisco
2 Tbsp milk
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 cups M&Ms
Preheat oven to 375°F. Combine brown sugar, shortening, milk and vanilla in large bowl. Beat at medium speed of electric mixer until light and fluffy. Beat egg into creamed mixture.
Combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add to creamed mixture 1/3 at a time while mixing at low speed. Mix just until blended. Stir in M&Ms.
Drop by rounded tablespoonfuls 3-inches apart onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes for or until edges are lightly brown. (Bake 2-3 minutes longer if you prefer a more crisp cookie). Cool 2 minutes on baking sheet. Remove cookies to rack to cool completely.