Friday, April 24, 2009

MMC 30-Minute Menus for April 26

Spring is (finally) here - yeah! The menus this week reflect the changing season with a much lighter fare which also helps the food budget. I don't think you or your family will feel deprived with these menus; there are many different flavors and nice touches to liven the meals.

May Day is this Friday so I have planned a light salad supper and invited a few friends over to celebrate the day. We will eat on the patio if the weather is nice. I'll serve an appetizer course using my Quiche Extravaganza 'Party in a Bag'. The quiche can be meatless to keep the meal vegetarian or mix-and-match to suit your family or guests. The Quiche Extravaganza also has chevre logs with red pepper jam; fruit tray of strawberries, kiwi, and star fruit with bittersweet chocolate dipping sauce; roasted garlic onion jam; bread sticks, and sesame water crackers.

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:
  • 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!

Grilled Salmon with Dill Butter
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed rice)
Snow Peas
Toss Salad (bottled salad dressing)
Lemon Affogato (purchased ice cream and lemoncello liqueur or lemon-flavored soft drink)

Easy Cheeseburger Pie (baking mix, shredded cheese)
Green Beans
Tomato Wedges with Blue Cheese
Sugar Cookie Apple Crisp (prepared cookie dough, canned apple pie filling)

Pork Cutlets with Mushroom Sauce (sliced mushrooms; save some pork for Thursday)
Pasta of Choice
Steamed Squash Medley
Banana Pudding Tarts (purchased graham cracker tart shells, instant banana pudding mix)

Speedy Chicken Divan (cooked chicken if available, frozen broccoli and cheese mix)
White Rice
Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing (purchased yogurt, canned Mandarin oranges, pear slices, and pineapple)
Apple Pie a la Mode (purchased apple pie and ice cream)

Pork Fried Rice (Pork from Tuesday; instant brown rice, sliced mushrooms)
Asian Veggie Wraps (flour tortillas, broccoli slaw mix; save some tortillas for Saturday)
Fruit Pizza Cookies (purchased sugar cookies, canned fruit, apricot jam)

Friday (May Day):
Baby Blue Salad (vegetarian; bagged salad greens, bottled vinaigrette)
Crusty Bread
Coconut Macaroons (shredded coconut, chocolate morsels)

Dilled Tilapia Bundles (puff pastry)
Asian Stir-Fry (frozen stir-fry veggie mix)
Cranberry-Apple Salad
Tuilles with Ice Cream (tortillas from Thursday, purchased ice 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

1 comment:

ahorne said...

Looks like a yummy week! I love the idea of a party for the first day of May. Very fun!