Friday, January 8, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for January 3 2010

Happy New Year to one and all! I hope you had a great start to the new year.

To help with the budget after the holiday season, I have included a bake once - eat 4 times menu plan. Don't worry about your family getting tired of 'ham again!' because each menu is quite different from the others so your family will not even notice you are saving money and time by serving ham several times this week. Ham is so versatile; you can switch the menus to fit your family's favorite dishes such as Ham & Beans, Ham & Cheddar Panini, Chef Salad, and the list goes on.

Our New Year family celebration will be Sunday when I will serve a fully-cooked spiral sliced ham. I'll also serve Hoppin' John (canned black-eyed peas with diced onion over instant rice) to keep with our New Year's tradition. We will start with the Wine Tasting appetizer course from the Party in a Bag menu on my website: brie round and mild cheddar wedge; pate; endive, asparagus spears, bell peppers, and melon; artichoke pesto and pomegranate cranberry chutney; whole wheat mini toasts and water crackers; Kalamata gourmet olives.

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, Thursday, and Saturday)
Quattro Fromage (boxed pasta, shredded cheeses)
Peas with Mushrooms (frozen veggie mix; buy extra mushrooms for Tuesday and Thursday)
Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries (purchased pound cake; save some pound cake for Tuesday)

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)

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

Quick Baked Ziti (vegetarian; jarred pasta sauce, boxed pasta, bagged shredded cheese)
Panned Spinach (bagged baby spinach; buy extra spinach for Friday)
Individual Cherry Pies (purchased pastry shells, canned cherry pie filling)

Pork Fried Rice (ham from Sunday; instant brown rice, extra mushrooms from Sunday)
Asian Veggie Wraps (flour tortillas, broccoli slaw mix)
Fruit Pizza Cookies (purchased sugar cookies, canned fruit, apricot jam)

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

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)

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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