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, June 8, 2015
Au Gratin Potatoes
3/4 T flour
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup sharp cheddar, shredded
3 medium russet potatoes (about 6 ounces each), peeled and sliced thick
Preheat oven to 375°.
Cheese sauce: melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add flour, salt, and pepper; stir constantly with wire wisk for one minute. Add milk stirring constantly until thickened. Add cheese to the milk mixture stirring until cheese is melted and sauce is smooth.
Place half of the potato slices in an 8 x 8 inch baking pan coated with cooking spray. Add half the cheese sauce. Add remaining potatoes, top with remaining cheese sauce.
Cover pan with foil and bake at 375° for one hour or until potatoes are tender. Remove foil and place pan under broiler for one to two minutes to brown top if desired.