Thursday, July 16, 2009

MMC - 30 Minute Menus for July 19

I hope you are enjoying your summer! This week's menus will keep you cool, calm, and collected in the kitchen! Serving a fully-cooked spiral ham for Sunday starts the week off right (and you are guaranteed at least two more supper menus from the ham plus some great sandwiches and soups for lunch!).

I am having a few friends over for dinner Saturday night; we will be dining on Shrimp Tempura which is a special treat for me. I just love fried shrimp! The recipe I use for tempura is from the Gourmet Cookbook - it is the best I have ever tried. It is also very easy so you can cook your shrimp and enjoy them, too. The appetizer course will be my Easy Elegance 'Party in a Bag': 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 - so simple yet so tasteful.

Do you have a party in your plans? If so, 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 or family gathering, 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.
  • 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!

Spiral Sliced Ham (fully cooked ham; save some ham for Tuesday and Thursday)
Quattro Fromage (boxed pasta, shredded cheeses)
Peas with Mushrooms (frozen veggie mix)
Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries (purchased pound cake)

Chicken Citrus Salad (precooked or canned chicken, bagged salad greens, jarred citrus)
Triple Corn Chowder (canned corn, purchased corn chips)
Pecan Pie (purchased pecan pie)

Ham Cheddar Bake (ham from Sunday; canned potatoes and vegetables)
Pineapple Salad (canned pineapple)
Individual Cherry Pies a la Mode (purchased tart shells, canned cherry pie filling, purchased ice cream)

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; save some spinach for Friday)
Orange Gelatin Parfaits (purchased ice cream, boxed gelatin, canned Mandarin orange sections)

Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches (ham from Sunday; turkey lunch meat, shredded cheddar cheese)
3-Bean Salad (jarred 3-bean salad)
Derby Pie Tarts (purchased tart shells, chocolate morsels, chopped pecans, canned whipped cream)

Stuffed Spuds (vegetarian; microwave potatoes and bake in oven to finish, shredded cheeses, bagged chopped veggies)
Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges (spinach from Wednesday; canned Mandarin oranges, bottled Asian-type salad dressing)
Baked Cookies (yellow cake mix)

Tempura Shrimp (cleaned and deveined shrimp)
Udon Noodles with Soy Dressing (purchased noodles)
Steamed Julienne Vegetables (bagged julienned vegetables)
Fresh Fruit Baskets (puff pastry, 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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