Friday, April 2, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for April 4, 2010

Are you ready for Easter? We are having a family reunion at our local Stone Mountain Park so it will be a 'bake-and-take' feast for us!

The 'Spiral Ham' menu is perfect for a family picnic because all of the dishes can be made ahead of time. For the appetizer course, as we are gathering, I will serve the 'Easy Elegance' Party-in-a-Bag consisting of: a Brie Round with Mango Chutney; Smoked Salmon and Grapes, Endive, Snow Peas, Asparagus Spears with a Cucumber Dill Dip; Blue Cheese Sesame Seed Crackers and Simple Water Crackers; and Citrus Stuffed Gourmet Olives.

The menus this week celebrate the coming of Spring. After our hard winter, I am sure we are all ready for a taste of spring! These menus also help the pocketbook celebrate, I have selected a 'bake once / eat three times' weekly menu with the 'Spiral Ham' on Sunday followed by the 'Ham and Cheddar Bake' on Tuesday and 'Kentucky Hot Browns' on Thursday.

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!

Sunday: Easter Sunday
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; save some strawberries for Wednesday)

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

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)

Thai Shrimp (Thai peanut sauce mix, cleaned and deveined shrimp)
Angel Hair Pasta
Cuke and Honeydew Salad
Strawberry Shortcakes (strawberries from Sunday; purchased sponge cake shells)

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)

Grilled Pizza (vegetarian; purchased pizza crust, jarred pasta sauce, shredded cheeses)
Lettuce Wedges (jarred salad dressing)
Grilled Pears with Honey Glaze

Bistro Chicken (canned tomatoes, jarred salad dressing, shredded mozarella cheese)
Rice or Pasta (boxed rice or pasta)
Fresh Green Beans
Caramelized Peaches and 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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