Friday, September 25, 2009

MMC - 30 Minute Menus for September 27

Are you loving Fall? There is definitely a chill in the air here in North Carolina which helps me transition into the new season. Fall is my favorite season because I love the heartier foods, crisp weather, and fun events the define the season!

One of the best time savers I have found is 'cook once, eat two or three times'. This week I am stretching a turkey breast over three meals for a great budget and time stretcher.

I have added a grilled supper on Saturday. I will be inviting friends over but this menu is also good for a family meal! Our evening will start with the 'Party in a Bag' Tex-Mex appetizer course to stay with the casual theme: Sharp Cheddar Wedge with Farmhouse Chutney; Buffalo Wings and Celery, Carrots, Ripe Olives, Sliced Apples with Blue Cheese Dressing; Tortilla Chips, Water Crackers; and Smokehouse Almonds.

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!

Turkey Breast with French Country Gravy (crock pot; jarred Alfredo sauce; save some turkey for Tuesday and Friday)
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed rice mix)
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
Pound Cake Torte (purchased pound cake, prepared frosting)

Tuscan Pasta (boxed pasta, canned cannelloni beans, shredded cheeses)
Sliced Tomato Salad
Peach Macaroon Cups (canned peaches, purchased macaroon cookies)

Chicken Taco Ring Bake (refrigerated crescent rolls, shredded cheese, canned tomatoes; turkey from Sunday)
Salsa and Sour Cream Toppings with Shredded Lettuce (jarred salsa, bagged shredded lettuce)
Refried Beans (canned beans)
Red Onion - Orange Salad (canned Mandarin orange sections; buy extra orange sections for Thursday)
Heavenly Hash (canned fruits, frozen whipped topping)

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

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)

Turkey Tetrazzini Especialle (boxed pasta, cooked turkey from Sunday, sliced mushrooms, grated Parmesan cheese)
Broccoli Vegetable Medley
Ice Cream with Pecan Shortbread Cookies (purchased ice cream and cookies)

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

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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