Friday, November 14, 2008

MMC - 30 Minute Menus November 16

How are your plans coming for the holidays? Tis the season (already!).

The menus this week will help me calm down and I hope they do the same for you. This time of year is very busy which can be quite stressful but we can do something about that with the menus we choose. You will find the menus this week are economical and hearty; many of them are my personal comfort foods.

I do enjoy having guests in our house! We will be hosting a small buffet party Friday night so I have selected Shrimp and Grits. This is a menu that we serve as brunch during our holiday family get-togethers. It is easy to prepare and the flavors are warm and soothing. This will really get me 'in the mood' for family times to come as well as enjoying our guests Friday night.

For a speedy appetizer course for the party, I will serve a wedge of brie, smoked salmon on cucumber slices with a dollop of sour cream and fresh dillweed sprig, a quick dip of yogurt with Maya Kaimal's Vindaloo spooned in to taste, bagged & precut veggies, and assorted crackers, baguettes, and bread sticks. This covers the bases for my vegetarian guests along with those preferring mild, medium, and hot foods.

I have started a new feature on my web page - 30-Minute Complete Menu Plans. I am creating Complete Menu Plans using the 30-minute menus from this blog:

  • The Complete Menu Plans give you recipes and step-by-step instructions for preparing the complete meal (not just the entree as most meal plans do) in 30 minutes - flat!
  • I even include a grocery list to save unnecessary trips to the grocery store.
  • These are eComplete Menu Plans so you can purchase the menu plan now and use it for dinner tonight!
  • You won't have to spend your precious time thinking of menu ideas and then looking up the recipes - I will send it all directly to you!
  • You can purchase a Complete Menu Plan for the introductory price of .25 each.
  • If you have found my 30-minute menus helpful, then you must check out the 30-Minute Complete Menu Plans!

You will find that I use several cooking methods, mix and match, to get dinner on the table quickly! You can always substitute your favorite made-from-scratch recipes when you have more time.

I hope you have a great week!

Roast Beef (crock pot with a packet of dry onion soup mix; save some beef for Tuesday)
Potatoes, Onions, Carrots (added to crock pot)
Tossed Salad with Blue Cheese
Ginger Shortcakes with Caramelized Pears (baking mix and canned pears)

BBQ Chicken Quarters (marinated ahead of time)
Curried Pineapple Slices (canned pineapple slices)
Potato Salad (canned potatoes)
Green Beans
Spiced Oatmeal Cookies

Roast Beef and Brie Panini (beef from Sunday)
Bread and Condiments
Tex-Mex Salad
Tapioca Apples over Ice Cream

Baby Blue Salad Supper (bagged salad greens)
Crusty Bread, Butter (purchased bread)
Chocolate Cupcakes (prepared chocolate frosting)

Lemony Pork Chops (boneless pork chops in a light lemon sauce)
Angel Hair Pasta
Broccoli Spears
Rice Krispy Treats (save some treats for Saturday)

Company Shrimp and Grits (cleaned and deveined shrimp, quick grits)
Spinach Salad
Croissants, Butter (purchased croissants)
Lemon Tart (prepared pie crust, bottled lemon juice)

Corn Bread and Chili Strata (purchased corn bread, canned chili)
Citrus Salad
Rice Krispy Treats (treats reserved from Thursday)

Get inspired for your weekly menus at OrgJunkie!

I sincerely hope you have fun with your meal planning and preparation,
Elizabeth Randall and Family

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