Friday, November 21, 2008

MMC - 30 Minute Menus November 23

I hope you have a glorious Thanksgiving. Our family will begin to arrive Wednesday evening so we will be able to spend Thursday morning cooking. Our whole family loves to work together in the kitchen and will have a blast with the Thanksgiving prep. As you know, I am a firm believer in putting everyone to work to help put meals on the table. This has really made holiday prep fun because everyone has worked together for so long, we are a great team!

The menus during the first part of the week are easy on your time and budget. I have included a soup supper on Wednesday so you will have time to begin your cooking for Thanksgiving. I like to make the cakes and pies on Wednesday night. I will get a good head-start this year because of the Quick Minestrone Soup Supper menu.

I have included a 30-minute menu for Thanksgiving using Cornish Game Hens. It is a lovely dinner that works well for Thanksgiving for small groups. You see, it really is possible to fix a feast in 30-minutes!

We always like to have a small dinner party on Friday following Thanksgiving; things can be slow following the Thanksgiving day celebrations so we like to liven it up a bit. This year I will be serving a Surf and Turf to give us all a break from the turkey dinners we ate Thursday and the leftover turkey dinners that are surely to come. I will be serving appetizers of brie with a cranberry-nut topper, crab dip in phyllo cups, and veggies with Stonewall Kitchen salsa for dip.

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!

Poached Fish in White Wine Sauce (frozen fish)
Duchess Potatoes (instant potatoes)
Baby Peas (frozen peas)
Baked Tomato Halves
Coconut Cream Pie with Berries (prepared graham cracker crust, instant pudding mix)

French Style Sausage and White Bean Cassoulet (canned beans)
Greek Salad (bagged salad greens, canned and sliced ripe olives)
Chocolate Puddings (instant pudding mix, canned whipped cream)

Easy Cheeseburger Pie (baking mix)
Green Beans
Tomato Wedges with Blue Cheese
Sugar Cookie Apple Crisp (prepared cookie dough, canned apple pie filling)

Quick Minestrone Soup (canned vegetables and beans, dried tortellini)
Waldorf Salad
Crusty Bread
Cherry Cobbler (canned cherry pie filling, puff pastry)

Thursday - Thanksgiving:
Glazed Cornish Game Hens (frozen hens)
Pecan Stuffing (boxed stuffing mix)
Dilled Baby Carrots (bagged carrots)
Mixed Greens with Cranberries and Citrus (bagged greens, jarred citrus)
Pumpkin Pie with Whipped Cream (prepared pie)

Surf and Turf (cleaned and deveined shrimp)
New Potatoes
Caesar Salad (bagged salad mix)
Chocolate Eclairs with Strawberries (puff pastry, instant pudding mix, jarred chocolate sauce)

Mexican Turkey Wraps (pre-cooked turkey, jarred tomato salsa)
Black Bean and Corn Salsa (canned beans and corn)
Corn Chips with Tomato Salsa (purchased chips and jarred tomato salsa used in wraps)
Embellished Sugar Cookies (dough from Tuesday)

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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