Friday, January 23, 2009

MMC 30-Minute Menus for January 25

The menus this week are quite quick and easy to prepare yet warming during this very cold season. I hope you are enjoying the season (and staying warm!).

Since I love to 'cook once, eat twice or three times', I have included a roast for Sunday dinner that will be used again on Wednesday for the Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry. If you still have beef from the roast, the Beef and Brie Panini Sandwiches are very good and will make a wonderful dinner for you. My trick for using leftovers is to make each meal very different so my family doesn't realize they are eating leftovers!

I am hosting a 'girls day out' luncheon party on Saturday for a few friends. The guys will have their fun on Sunday with the Super Bowl so we will have a little time-out, too. The Fresh Tomato and Cheese Tart is a snap to make and makes a lovely presentation. I may add some champagne to the menu along with the wine for extra sparkle. The appetizer course will be simple: a fruit and veggie tray with tamarind coconut curry dip along with artichoke pesto on toasted baguette slices. A menu with panache for my guests yet easy to prep for me!

Do you have a party in your 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!
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  • 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!

Eye of the Round Roast Beef with Peppercorn Sauce (crock pot, gravy mix; save some beef for Wednesday)
Mashed Potatoes (frozen steamers)
Chop House Salad (jarred salad dressing)
Individual Boston Cream Tortes (purchased pound cake, instant pudding mix, prepared chocolate syrup)

Fried Oysters over Spinach Salad (bagged spinach, jarred vinaigrette)
Hush Puppies (frozen hush puppies)
Peach Kuchen (canned peaches)

Spaghetti Bolognese (jarred pasta sauce)
Italian Vegetables (frozen vegetable mix)
Garlic Bread (prepared bread)
Jam Thumbprint Cookies (prepared cookie dough, jarred jam)

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (beef from Sunday)
Sesame Cuke Salad
Phyllo Raspberry Creams (frozen phyllo cups, instant pudding mix)

Oven Fried Chicken (seasoned coating mix for chicken)
Mac & Double Cheese (boxed mac & cheese)
Italian Green Beans
Orange Crescents (refrigerated crescent roll dough, jarred preserves)

French Style Sausage & White Bean Cassoulet (canned beans)
Greek Salad (jarred salad dressing)
Chocolate Pudding (instant pudding mix)

Fresh Tomato and Cheese Tart (puff pastry)
Steamed Zucchini
Pineapple Salad (canned pineapple and orange segments, bagged spinach)
Embellished Chocolate Cookies

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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