Friday, December 19, 2008

MMC 30-Minute Menus for December 21

Christmas will be here this week! Are you ready? I am getting there but still quite busy and I'll bet you are in the same situation.

Most of the menus this week can be company-fare because my family will begin arriving on Sunday. The menus are also easy on the budget and time (so I can enjoy my family rather than spending the whole time cooking).

I will have appetizers on hand to pull-out and prep in 30 minutes or less (of course). The appetizers will be a simple mix-and-match of family favorites such as Brie, 5-layer Gloucester, Swiss, smokey Gouda, and cheddar cheeses; smoked salmon, boiled shrimp, and lump crab; slices of leftover beef and turkey; 3-layer cheese loaf, 7-layer Mexican dip, guacamole, dried beef dip, and spinach-artichoke dip; with assorted vegetables, salsas, crackers, and breads.

Wednesday night's supper is a quick and easy menu so that we will have time to go to our church Christmas Eve service. It is also a light dinner making room for the feast on Christmas Day. Yes, our menu for Christmas dinner can be made in 30-minutes Flat!

Do you have a party in your holiday plans? Check out the latest feature on my website - Party in a Bag! The Bags are designed to help you pull your party together in 30 minutes - flat! I love to entertain but don't often have the time required to pull off a big, fancy 'do', so, over the years, I have learned a few short-cuts; I will share them with you.

If you are planning a dinner party, take a look at the Holiday and Special 30-Minute Complete Menu Plans on my website. You will find menu ideas to help with your celebration.

The Family Meals 30-Minute Complete Menu Plans are there to help with both weeknight and special dinner prep. I create 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 and Happy Holiday!

Turkey Breast with Herbed Wine Sauce (crock pot; save some turkey for Wednesday)
Mashed Potatoes (steamers or instant mashed potatoes)
Green Beans with Mushrooms (sliced mushrooms)
Pecan Pie (purchased pie and canned whipped topping)

Cheese Stuffed Jumbo Shells (jarred marinara sauce, shredded cheeses)
Mixed Greens and Pear Salad (bagged salad greens, canned pears)
Pineapple Upside Down Cupcakes (boxed cake mix, canned crushed pineapple)

Broiled Tilapia (fillets)
Fettuccine Alfredo with Green Peas (frozen peas)
Broiled Tomatoes (Parmesan topper)
Embellished Sugar Cookies (sugar cookie dough with jams, sprinkles, mini morsels, mini marshmallows, etc.)

Wednesday (Christmas Eve):
Hot Chicken/Turkey Salad (turkey from Sunday, jarred mango chutney, bagged salad greens)
Sliced Apples and Grapes (red and green apples)
Toasted Baguette, Butter
Chocolate Nut Toffee (purchased graham cracker crumbs)

Thursday (Christmas):
Garlic and Rosemary Rubbed Prime Rib (crock pot, boneless rib eye roast; save some beef and mushroom sauce for Saturday)
Mushroom Sauce
Mashed Potatoes (steamers or instant mashed potatoes)
Brussels Sprouts
Waldorf Salad
Rolls of Choice
Cherries Jubilee (canned cherries, purchased ice cream)

Hot Brats (fully cooked brats)
German Potato Salad (canned potato slices)
Slaw (bagged slaw mix, prepared slaw dressing)
Apple Cobbler (canned apple pie filling)

Beef Vegetable Soup (beef and mushroom sauce from Thursday)
Gouda or Cheddar Paninis (using any leftover cheeses from appetizers)
Blueberry Turnovers (blueberry jam inside crescent rolls with sugar glaze on top)

Get inspired for your weekly menus at OrgJunkie!

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

1 comment:

Rona's Home Page said...

Wow! You have some tasty items in your menu plan.
Merry Christmas to you and yours.