Saturday, May 22, 2010

Can you believe that Summer will be here soon? This coming weekend is Memorial Day weekend and the beginning of summer. The menus this week reflect the changing temperatures so are much lighter on the plate and on your budget!

My family will begin arriving Saturday for the Memorial Day weekend so I am serving Chicken a la King because I can make it earlier in the day for a quick dinner prep. I will be serving the 'Party in a Bag' Deli Delight appetizer course consisting of: Sliced Swiss, Cheddar and Provolone; Sliced Ham, Beef, and Turkey; Veggie Tray; Vindaloo Curry Sauce, Apple Cranberry Chutney, and Horseradish Mustard sauces; Roasted Garlic Crackers and Mini Toasts; Golden Roasted Gourmet Peanuts. This will keep with the 'easy prep' theme of the evening and there is something for everyone!

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!

Pork Medallions with Tarragon Sauce (purchase extra pork for Wednesday)
Buttered Rotinni
Steamed Zucchinni
Blueberry Cheesecake Tarts (graham cracker tart shells, instant cheesecake pudding mix, blueberry jam)

Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (bagged, cut broccoli)
Sesame Cuke Salad
Phyllo Raspberry Creams (frozen phyllo cups, instant pudding mix)

Mexi-Mac Chicken with Double Cheese (cooked or canned chicken, boxed mac&cheese mix, shredded cheese)
Fresh Green Beans
Cookie S'mores (purchased jumbo cookies, bagged chocolate morsels, mini-marshmallows)

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

Quick Minestrone Soup (vegetarian; dried tortellini, canned tomatoes, mixed veggies, and white beans)
Waldorf Salad (prepared mayo)
Crusty Bread (purchased bread)
Cherry Cobbler (puff pastry, canned cherry pie filling)

Tuna Burgers
Buns and Condiments (purchased sandwich buns, jarred condiments)
Cheesy Potatoes (shredded cheddar cheese)
Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing)
Rocky Road Brownies (boxed brownie mix)

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)

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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