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
Fun Rice Krispie Treats
3 T butter**
4 cups miniature marshmallows
6 cups Rice Krispies
Optional toppings of your choice*
In microwave-safe bowl heat butter and marshmallows on high for 2 minutes, stir, heat 1 additional minute on high. Stir until smooth. Add Rice Krispies, stir until well coated. Using buttered spatula evenly press mixture into 13 x 9 x 2-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into squares.
*Just after you press the mixture into the pan (before it cools), spread/sprinkle with 1 or more toppings of your choice from the list below, or leave plain for a traditional, and equally yummy, treat!
peanut butter chips
red licorice chopped into small bits
chopped dried fruit
colored sprinkles/jimmies (look in the cake decorating aisle)
Or anything else you can dream up, let the kids choose. :)
**The original recipe calls for butter OR margarine, but I usually only use butter in my recipes. I like the flavor it adds and it's (slightly) healthier than margarine.