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!
Monday, September 29, 2014
1 small onion, cut into strips
1 medium bell pepper, cut into strips
1/4 cup hot water
1 tsp beef crystals (or 1 beef bullion cube)
1/8 tsp garlic powder (more or less to taste)
3 T soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
4 cups hot cooked rice
Place all ingredients except rice in crockpot; stir to blend ingredients. Cook on low 4-6 hours or high 2-3 hours. Serve with rice.