Saturday, May 1, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for May 2, 2010

Can you believe it is May? Where has the time gone? I am really enjoying being out-of-doors in the beautiful Atlanta weather. The menus this week reflect this feeling and are guaranteed to get you out of the kitchen and into the great outdoors pronto!

To celebrate May, I am hosting a brunch on Sunday - the Company Shrimp and Grits menu will be perfect. For the appetizer course, I will serve the MMC Party-in-a-Bag 'At the Cheese Ball' consisting of: Cheddar Cheese Balls; Summer Sausage with Roasted Garlic Mustard; Sliced Pears and Veg Tray with Spicy Tomato Salsa; Tortilla Chips and Savory Herb Crackers; Honey Roasted 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!

Sunday (brunch this week):
Company Shrimp and Grits with Smoky Gouda (cleaned and deveined shrimp, quick (not instant) grits, shredded Gouda)
Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, bottled blue cheese vinaigrette)
Croissants, Butter (prepared croissants)
Lemon Tart (prepared pie crust, lemon juice)

Ham and Cheddar Strata (Deli ham; purchased sourdough bread, bagged cheese)
Broccoli / Bell Pepper / Mushroom Medley
Toasted Pound Cake with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (purchased pound cake, ice cream, and chocolate sauce; buy extra ice cream for Wednesday)

Chicken and Dumplings (crock pot; frozen dumplings or pastry sheets, cream of mushroom soup)
Asparagus / Tomato Stir Fry
Mixed Berry Stack (purchased puff pastry)

Tortellini Rustica with Fresh Vegetables (vegetarian; prepared tortellini, grated Parmesan cheese)
Three Pepper Salad (jarred Italian salad dressing)
Quick Tortoni and Seasonal Berries (purchased coconut macaroon cookies and ice cream, frozen whipped topping)

Mexican Beef and Cheese Soup (shredded cheese)
Tortillas with Guacamole Spread
Brownies (purchased brownies)

Tempura Shrimp (cleaned and deveined shrimp)
Udon Noodles with Soy Dressing (purchased noodles)
Steamed Julienne Vegetables (bagged julienned vegetables)
Fresh Fruit Baskets (extra puff pastry sheet from Tuesday, canned whipped cream)

BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (pre-cooked or canned chicken, bottled BBQ sauce)
Buns and Condiments (purchased buns, jarred condiments)
Potato Wedges
Cole Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing)
Fruit Pizza Cookies (purchased 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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