Monday, January 26, 2009

MMC 30-Minute Menus for Romantic Valentine's Day Dinners

Are you planning a special dinner for Valentine's Day? I love to cook special dinners but don't have much time to prep (sound familiar?). I have some 30-minute dinner menu suggestions for you! You really can prepare a special dinner in 30 minutes - Flat! Let's get ready...

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

Poultry Dinners:

Crab Stuffed Chicken (boneless, skinless chicken)
Pasta with Fresh Vegetables,
Crabapple Salad with Pink Mayo (jarred crabapples)
Banana Napoleons (puff pastry, instant banana pudding mix)

Glazed Cornish Hens (microwaved with brown sugar / mustard glaze)
Pecan Stuffing (boxed cornbread stuffing mix)
Dilled Baby Carrots (bagged baby carrots)
Mixed Greens with Cranberries and Citrus (bagged greens, jarred citrus)
Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream (purchased pie, canned whipped cream)

Turkey Breast with Cranberry Glaze (crock pot, canned cranberry sauce)
Roasted Potatoes (microwaved then baked to finish)
Red Pepper and Broccoli Medley (bagged mix)
Pound Cake with Ambrosia (purchased pound cake, jarred fruit)

Beef, Lamb, Pork Dinners:

Steak with Blue Cheese Topper (crumbled blue cheese, Panko bread crumbs)
Baked Potatoes (microwaved then baked to finish)
Caesar Salad (bagged mix)
Grown Up Smores

Lamb Chops with Savory Butter
Rice and Vermicelli Mix (boxed rice mix)
Parslied Carrots (bagged baby carrots)
Beet, Goat Cheese & Walnut Salad (red tip lettuce, canned beets, bottled vinaigrette)
Minted Pears with Ice Cream and Raspberries (canned pear halves)

Asian Stuffed Steaks
Fried Rice (rice mix)
Sesame-Ginger Slaw (bagged slaw mix)
Un-Baked Alaska (purchased pound cake and ice cream, chocolate syrup)

Seafood Dinners:

Surf and Turf (cleaned and deveined shrimp, beef fillets or top sirloin cuts)
New Potatoes
Caesar Salad (bagged salad mix)
Chocolate Eclairs with Strawberries (puff pastry, instant pudding mix, chocolate syrup)

Shrimp Scampi (cleaned and deveined shrimp)
Mandarin Orange Salad (canned mandarin Orange sections)
Strawberries Romanoff

Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed mix)
Snow Peas
Tossed Salad (bagged salad greens, jarred dressing)
Lemon Affogato (purchased sorbet)

Vegetarian Dinners:

Linguine Primavera
Watermelon / Raspberry / Strawberry Salad (jarred raspberry vinaigrette)
Fresh Fruit Tart (jarred fruit, purchased pie shell)

Fresh Tomato and Double Cheese Tart (puff pastry)
French Green Beans (canned Frenched green beans)
Pineapple Salad (canned pineapple and mandarin orange sections, bagged baby spinach)
Embellished Chocolate Cookies (prepared cookie dough)

French Onion Soup
Mixed Green Winter Salad (bagged salad greens, jarred dressing)
Cheesecake Filled Pears with Fresh Raspberries (canned pears, instant cheesecake pudding mix)

For more suggestions, 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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