Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MMC 30-Minute Menus for Easter Dinner

Are you planning a special dinner for Easter? I love to cook special dinners for my family 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 (boxed pasta)
Crab Apple Salad with Pink Mayo (jarred crab apples)
Banana Napoleons (puff pastry, instant banana pudding mix)

Glazed Cornish Hens (microwaved with brown sugar / mustard glaze)
New Potatoes with Parsley (canned new potatoes)
Dilled Baby Carrots (bagged baby carrots)
Mixed Greens with Citrus (bagged greens, jarred citrus)
Pecan Pie with Whipped Cream (purchased pie, canned whipped cream)

Breast of Chicken en Croute (refrigerated crescent rolls)
Roasted Brussels Sprouts & Pearl Onions (frozen pearl onions)
Egg and Tomato Salad with Pink Mayo
Pears Especialle (purchased macaroon cookies)

Beef, Lamb, Pork Dinners:

Eye of the Round Roast Beef (crock pot; dried onion soup mix)
Peppercorn Sauce
Mashed Potatoes (frozen steamers)
Chop House Salad (bagged salad greens, bottled vinaigrette)
Individual Boston Cream Tortes (purchased pound cake, instant pudding mix, jarred chocolate sauce)

Herbed Leg of Lamb (crock pot)
New Vegetable Medley (frozen peas, baby carrots, new potatoes)
Mixed Citrus Salad (bagged salad greens, jarred mixed citrus)
Chocolate Mousse (canned whipped cream, chocolate chips)

Spiral Ham (purchased fully-cooked spiral-sliced ham)
Quattro Fromage (shredded cheeses, boxed pasta)
Peas and Mushrooms (frozen veggie blend)
Mixed Berry Stack (puff pastry)

Seafood Dinners:

Lobster Newburg in Pastry Shells (puff pastry shells, frozen lobster tails)
English Peas with Red Bell Pepper (frozen peas)
Fruit Salad (bagged salad greens, canned pears, bottled vinaigrette)
Coconut Macaroon Kisses and Strawberries (chocolate morsels, shredded coconut)

Poached Fish in White Wine Sauce (frozen fish)
Duchess Potatoes (instant mashed potatoes)
Baby Peas with Dill (frozen peas)
Baked Tomato Halves
Coconut Cream Pie with Berries (prepared graham cracker tart shells, instant pudding mix, shredded coconut)

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

Vegetarian Dinners:

Linguine Primavera (grated Parmesan cheese)
Watermelon / Raspberry / Strawberry Salad (bottled raspberry vinaigrette)
Fresh Fruit Tart (jarred fruit, purchased pie shell, frozen whipped topping)

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)

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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