Friday, December 19, 2008

MMC 30-Minute Menus for Holiday Dinners 2nd Edition

Are you planning a dinner during this holiday season? I have some more dinner menus for you to try - all guaranteed to be ready in 30-minutes Flat! This is my favorite time of year because I love to entertain but don't have much time to prep (sound familiar?) so I have picked up a few shortcuts along the way. You really can host a holiday dinner in 30 minutes! Let's get ready...

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

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Poultry Dinners:

Turkey Breast with Cranberry Glaze (crock pot with dried onion soup mix and cranberry sauce)
Roasted Potatoes (parboiled then baked)
Red Pepper and Broccoli Medley
Warm Rolls, Butter
Fruit Cake with Ambrosia (purchased fruit cake and jarred citrus fruit with maraschino cherries and shredded coconut)

Crab Stuffed Chicken Breast (boneless, skinless chicken breast rolled around crab filling)
Pasta with Fresh Vegetables
Crabapple Salad with Pink Mayo (jarred crabapples)
Banana Napoleons (puff pastry and instant pudding mix)

Beef, Lamb, Pork Dinners:

Garlic and Rosemary Rubbed Prime Rib (crock pot, boneless rib eye roast)
Mashed Potatoes (frozen steamers or instant masked potatoes)
Brussels Sprouts
Waldorf Salad (apples, grapes, celery, and walnuts in mayo dressing)
Rolls, Butter
Cherries Jubilee (canned cherries in syrup, purchased ice cream)

Bob's Herb Roasted Rack of Lamb (pan seared and roasted Frenched rack of lamb)
New Potatoes
Harvard Beet Salad (jarred Harvard beets, canned Mandarin oranges, orange vinaigrette)
3-Layer Chocolate Peppermint Cake (purchased frozen cake)

Meat Loaf Timbales with Mushroom Sauce (mini meat loaves with mushroom sauce)
Baked Potatoes (microwaved then baked)
Tomato / Corn / Avocado Salad (cherry tomatoes, canned corn, and sliced avocado in lime dressing)
Rolls, Butter
Almond Cherry Crisp (canned cherry pie filling, almond whole-grain cereal and ice cream)

Seafood Dinner:

Lobster Newburg (frozen lobster tails in cream sauce)
Pastry Shells (puff pastry shells)
English Peas with Red Bell Pepper (frozen peas)
Winter Fruit Salad (bagged salad greens, canned pears, dried cranberries, chopped nuts, vinaigrette)
Coconut Macaroon Kisses and Strawberries (meringue cookies with mini morsels)

Vegetarian Dinner:

French Onion Soup (sliced onions, vegetable stock, and burgundy soup with toast and cheese topper)
Mixed Green Winter Salad (bagged salad greens, spiced pecans, canned Mandarin orange sections, cranberry-orange vinaigrette)
French Bread, Butter
Cheesecake Filled Pears & Fresh Raspberries (poached canned pears, instant pudding mix)

For these and other menus, 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 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!
If you are serving an appetizer course with your dinner, check out the latest feature on my website - Party in a Bag giving you ideas for 30-minute appetizer courses or cocktail parties. I like the Easy Elegance for an elegant start to a wonderful meal: brie with mango chutney; smoked salmon with a dill dip; grapes and a green vegetable platter that will go well with the dill dip; water crackers; gourmet olives.

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

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