Friday, March 6, 2009

MMC - 30 Minute Menus March 8

This Sunday is the start of Daylight Savings Time. Whew! This year is just flying by for me and I'll bet it is for you, too. You will notice the menus this week are a little lighter for the change of season. Even though we will still have a few very cold days, I like to get in the spirit of Spring.

I just love fried green tomatoes; the Fried Tomato Sandwich recipe this week is delicious with either green tomatoes or very firm ripe tomatoes (just in case you don't have access to green tomatoes yet). This recipe calls for toasting the sandwiches for a grand finish that really adds a nice bite to the sandwich. I used mozzarella cheese but you can use parmesan cheese if you prefer or even pimento cheese for a truly Southern treat.

Do you have a St. Patrick's Day 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 or St. Pat's Day 'do'.

The Family Meals '30-Minute Complete Menu Plans' are developed 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!
  • 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!

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!

Asian Stuffed Steaks (bottled teriyaki sauce)
Fried Rice (boxed rice)
Sesame-Ginger Slaw (bagged slaw mix)
Unbaked Alaska (purchased pound cake, ice cream; save any leftover pound cake for Friday)

Fried Tomato Sandwiches (vegetarian; jarred Thousand Island salad dressing)
Bread and Condiments
Mango / Cucumber Salsa
Lemon Blueberry Tarts (graham cracker tart shells, instant pudding mix)

Grilled Pork Chops
Hobo Potatoes (canned potatoes)
Corn on the Cob
Grilled Pineapple Salad (canned pineapple slices; save some pineapple for Saturday)
Banana Cream Pie (vanilla wafers, instant banana pudding mix, frozen whipped topping)

Chicken a la King (rotisserie or canned chicken)
Hot Biscuits (biscuit mix)
Strawberry Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, jarred salad dressing)
Apple Pie Parfaits ( canned apple pie filling, purchased ice cream; save some pie filling for Thursday)

Cobb Salad
Creamy Tomato Soup (boxed cream of tomato soup, purchased gold fish crackers)
Rolls of Choice
Apple Skillet Cake (canned pie filling from Wednesday)

Ham and Cheddar Strata (pre-cooked ham, purchased sourdough bread, bagged cheese)
Broccoli / Bell Pepper / Mushroom Stir Fry (sliced mushrooms)
Toasted Pound Cake with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (purchased pound cake or leftovers from Sunday, ice cream, and chocolate sauce)

Spicy Redfish
Pineapple Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing, canned pineapple)
Herb and Mushroom Rice (boxed rice mix)
Chocolate Dipped Cookies and Berries (purchased cookies, chocolate morsels)

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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