Friday, May 28, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for May 30, 2010

Happy Memorial Day! How will you celebrate? I am hosting a family gathering that promises to be loads of fun.

My family began arriving Saturday for the Memorial Day weekend. Our Sunday lunch will be Scrimp Scampi to make the prep easy and, yet, tastes great - a real family pleaser! I will serve the 'Party in a Bag' Meatball Magic appetizer course consisting of: Swiss Wedge or Gouda Ball; Meatballs; Endive, Cherry Tomatoes,Baby Carrots,Red and Green Bell Peppers Veggie Tray; Basil Pesto, Sun Dried Tomato Pesto, and Mango Chutney Dipping Sauces; Sea Salt Pita Chips and Spring Onion Water Crackers; Valdosta Spiced Pecans. This will be a nice contrast to the Shrimp Scampi main course.

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!

Shrimp Scampi (cleaned and devined shrimp)
Angel Hair Pasta
Strawberries Romanoff (purchased ice cream; purchase extra ice cream for Thursday and Saturday)

Monday: (Memorial Day)
Mixed Grill BBQ Party
Buns, Condiments, Salsas (purchased condiments, jarred salsas)
3-Bean Salad (jarred 3-bean salad)
Cole Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing)
Cilanro-Lime Corn on the Cob
Potato Chips
Baked Beans (canned beans)
Grilled Fruit Skewers with Lemon Dip (purchased yogurt)

Sauteed Chicken and Mushrooms (boneless, skinless chicken breasts or cutlets, sliced mushrooms; buy extra mushrooms for Thursday)
Roasted Red Potatoes with Green Beans (frozen veggie mix)
Baked Granola Apples (purchased cereal)

Lemony Pork Chops (prepared lemon juice, jarred capers)
Pasta (boxed pasta)
Fresh Broccoli Spears
Rice Krispy Treats (rice cereal, mini-marshmallows, chocolate morsels)

Mushroom Fritters with Vindaloo Sauce (vegetarian; sliced mushrooms, jarred Vindaloo sauce)
French Bread
Fresh Fruit Salad
Toasted Pound Cake with Ice Cream (purchased pound cake and ice cream)

Cobb Salad (bagged lettuce, pre-cooked bacon, canned or deli chicken, bottled dressing)
Creamy Tomato Soup (boxed cream of tomato soup, purchased gold fish crackers)
Rolls of Choice (purchased rolls)
Apple Skillet Cake (canned apple pie filling)

Taco Nite (taco seasoning mix, purchased taco shells)
Condiment Bar (jarred salsas, bagged lettuce shreds, shredded cheese)
Guacamole & Sour Cream Topper (purchased sour cream)
Corn & Black Bean Salsa ( jarred salsa, canned corn, black beans, and chilies)
Banana Splits (purchased ice cream, canned whipped cream, jarred ice cream toppings)

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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