Friday, March 20, 2009

MMC 30-Minute Menus for March 22

Spring is officially here! I have added lamb in this week's menus to celebrate the coming of the new season. Additionally, I will be preparing lamb stew for our church Maundy Thursday dinner so I included it for practice - please let me know if you like this recipe or if I should have a couple more practice runs. You can find the menu on my website at

The meals this week stretch the food budget by using less meat but having fun with other menu items so no one feels deprived. Adding special touches help liven the meal but don't have to add to the food dollars. I am 'going green' by using the stove only when more than one menu item is cooked in it; this saves the environment and utility costs!

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 or '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:
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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!

Herbed Leg of Lamb (crock pot; save some meat for Thursday, any leftover veggies can go in the lamb stew on Thursday, too!)
New Vegetable Medley (new potatoes, baby carrots, pearl onions, frozen tiny peas)
Mixed Citrus Salad (bagged greens, jarred fruit)
Chocolate Mousse

Chicken Pot Pie (biscuit mix, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, frozen vegetable mix)
Sliced Tomatoes with Blue Cheese (crumbled blue cheese, bottled vinaigrette)
Blueberry Stacks (refrigerated crescent rolls, jarred blueberry jam)

Cream of Broccoli Soup (vegetarian; shredded cheese, boxed vegetable broth)
Artichoke Crostini (jarred marinated artichokes)
Caramelized Peaches

Baked Fish Italianio (bottled sun-dried tomato salad dressing, bagged baby spinach; save some spinach for Friday)
Parmesan Topped Fettuccini (boxed pasta)
Fresh Fruit
Baguette (purchased bread)
Sugar Cookie Kisses (refrigerated cookie dough, purchased chocolate candy kisses)

Lamb Stew (meat and veggies from Sunday or use crock pot if you don't have leftovers)
Peach Mango Salad
Irish Soda Bread (purchased bread)
Crispy Caramel Marshmallow Balls (mini-marshmallows, jarred caramel ice cream topping, rice cereal)

Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce (bottled Italian salad dressing, jarred peanut butter)
Rice Pilaf with Raisins (boxed rice mix)
Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, bottled Italian salad dressing)
Orange Gelatin Parfaits (purchased ice cream, boxed gelatin, canned Mandarin orange sections)

Pesto Chicken (boneless and skinless chicken breasts, jarred pesto or jarred pasta sauce if your family does not like pesto)
Linguini (boxed pasta)
Caprese Salad (jarred Italian dressing)
Peach Crisp (canned peaches)

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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