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
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 large eggs
2 cups (12-oz. pkg.) semi-sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 375° F. Combine flour, baking soda and salt in small bowl. Cream together butter, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla extract in large mixing bowl. Beat in eggs one at a time, blending well after each addition. Gradually beat in flour mixture. Stir in chocolate chips. Drop by rounded tablespoonful onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on baking sheets for 2 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.
Replace chocolate chips with chocolate chunks
Stir in 1 cup chopped nuts along with the chocolate chips
Stir in 1 cup toffee bits along with the chocolate chips
Replace 1 cup of the chocolate chips with 1 cup peanut butter chips
Replace 1 cup of the chocolate chips with 1 cup butterscotch chips
Replace 1 cup of the chocolate chips with 1 cup vanilla chips
Replace 1 cup of the chocolate chips with 1 cup M&Ms
Replace 1 cup of the chocolate chips with 1 cup Andes baking bits