Thursday, February 19, 2009

MMC 30-Minute Menus for February 22

The menus this week are planned to use less meat to help with the food budget but the taste and heartiness of the foods is not sacrificed. I have used more spices, rice, pasta, and potatoes to round out the menus.

I am also working with 'green' ideas so am using one primary heat source for the entire meal such that if the grill is used for one item, it is used for most of the cooking. The same is true if the stove or oven is used. This is really a win-win idea because it saves money and helps the environment!

I am hosting a 'Chase Away the Winter Blues' party Saturday night with a Southern Fish Fry. This is a great 'do' for friends and family - it is as fun to pull together as it is to host. I will serve an appetizer course using my Tex-Mex 'Party in a Bag': sharp cheddar cheese, Buffalo chicken wings, veggie tray with celery and carrots, blue cheese dressing, farm house chutney, and assorted chips and nuts. This appetizer course follows the casual theme of my party.

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! (The ingredients in parenthesis show some of my quick-prep steps.) You can always substitute your favorite made-from-scratch recipes when you have more time.

I hope you have a great week!

Pork Tenderloin and Sweet Potatoes with Balsamic Maple Glaze (save some pork for Tuesday)
Grilled Veggie Skewers
Pineapple Pound Cake (purchased pound cake, canned pineapple, cream cheese fruit dip; save some dip for Tuesday)

Not Your Mamma's Tuna Salad (bagged greens, canned tomatoes)
Phyllo Lemon Cups (phyllo cups, instant lemon pudding mix)

Pork Fried Rice (pork from Sunday; instant rice, frozen peas)
Asian Veggie Wraps (flour tortillas, bagged broccoli slaw mix)
Fruit Pizza Cookies (fruit dip from Sunday; purchased sugar cookies, canned orange sections and fruit cocktail)

Chicken Ragout (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, canned tomatoes)
Penne Pasta
Spinach and Pine Nut Salad (bagged baby spinach)
Baguette, Butter
Southern Fried Apples and Cream (purchased ice cream)

Stuffed Spuds (vegetarian; microwave potatoes than finish in oven)
Mandarin Orange Salad
Fresh Baked Cookies

Corn Bread and Chili Strata (purchased corn bread, canned chili)
Winter Citrus Salad (bagged greens, jarred citrus)
Chocolate Cupcakes (purchased cupcakes)

Southern Fried Fish
Hush Puppies (frozen hush puppies)
Cheese Grits (quick cooking grits)
Corn on the Cob
Cole Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing)
Layered Tomato / Cucumber / Onion Salad (jarred Italian salad dressing)
Strawberry Shortcake (purchased sponge cake shells, canned whipped cream)

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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