Friday, February 26, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for February 28, 2010

This week brings in March. Will your March come in as a lion or lamb? I am hoping for the lion for a quick end to this brutal winter!

This week's menus bring in some fun for March with a few lighter meals planned. I hope you will enjoy some 'lighter' weather this week!

I'll bet the lasagna on Sunday comes as a surprise but you really can prepare the Lasagna Florentine in 30 minutes - the secret is the frozen pastry strips that do not require pre-cooking. If your family prefers meat sauce for lasagna, this recipe can easily change to accommodate your family's preference.

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!

Lasagna Florentine (vegetarian; frozen pastry strips, frozen spinach, jarred pasta sauce, shredded cheeses; buy extra pasta sauce and cheese for Wednesday)
Hearty Greek Salad (bagged lettuce, jarred salad dressing and roasted red peppers)
Italian Bread
Chocolate Pies (prepared pastry shells, instant pudding mix)

Beef Satay with Peanut Sauce (bottled Italian salad dressing, jarred peanut butter)
Rice Pilaf with Raisins (boxed rice mix)
Broccoli Spears (bagged and pre-cut broccoli)
Orange Gelatin Parfaits (purchased ice cream, boxed gelatin, canned Mandarin orange sections)

Quick Weeknight Jambalaya (boxed gumbo mix, chicken tenders, fully cooked smoked sausage, cleaned and deveined shrimp, canned tomatoes)
Fruit Salad (bagged spring mix, jarred fruit)
Cream Puffs (purchased cream puffs)

Ravioli Mediteranea (vegetarian; purchased ravioli, jarred pasta sauce, shredded cheese)
Fresh Green Beans
Heavenly Angel Food Cake (purchased angel food cake, strawberry jam, whipped topping)

Chicken a la King (pre-cooked or canned chicken)
Hot Biscuits (biscuit mix)
Strawberry Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, jarred salad dressing)
Apple Pie Parfaits ( canned apple pie filling, purchased ice cream)

Pork Cutlets with Mushroom Sauce (sliced mushrooms)
Mashed Potatoes (frozen steamers)
Steamed Squash Medley
Banana Pudding Tarts (purchased graham cracker tart shells, instant banana pudding mix)

Mexi-Turkey Wraps (bagged shredded lettuce and cheese, deli-cut turkey slices or lunch meat)
Black Bean and Corn Salad (canned black beans and corn)
Corn Chips and Tomato Salsa (bagged corn chips, jarred tomato salsa)
Embellished Sugar Cookies (prepared sugar cookie dough)

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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