Saturday, June 12, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for June 13, 2010

Well, we are sure in the thick (and muggy) of summer here in Atlanta! The menus this week will have you cool as a breeze and out of the kitchen in no time at all. Most of the menus are just fun to enjoy the spirit of the season - VACATION Days.

My mother is celebrating her 90th birthday this weekend. I am hosting a family gathering for her. The Spiral Sliced Ham will make the meal special while making it easy on me! For the appetizer course, I will serve the 'Party in a Bag' Easy Elegance consisting of: Brie Round with Mango Chutney; Smoked Salmon; Grapes, Endive, Snow Peas, and Asparagus Spears; Cucumber Dill Dip; Blue Cheese Sesame Seed Crackers and Simple Water Crackers; Citrus Stuffed Gourmet Olives. Our celebration meal will have a grand start.

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!

Spiral Sliced Ham (fully cooked ham; save some ham for Wednesday)
Quattro Fromage (boxed pasta, shredded cheeses)
Peas with Mushrooms (frozen veggie mix)
Lemon Pound Cake with Fresh Strawberries (purchased pound cake)

Chicken Taco Ring Bake (refrigerated crescent rolls, shredded cheese, canned tomatoes and chicken)
Salsa and Sour Cream Toppings with Shredded Lettuce (jarred salsa, bagged shredded lettuce)
Refried Beans (canned beans)
Red Onion - Orange Salad (canned Mandarin orange sections)
Heavenly Hash (canned fruits, frozen whipped topping)

Spaghetti Bolognese (boxed pasta, jarred Bolognese sauce)
Italian Medley Vegetables (frozen veggie mix)
Jam Thumbprint Cookies (jarred jam)

Ham Cheese Bake (ham from Sunday; canned potatoes and vegetables)
Pineapple Salad (canned pineapple)
Individual Cherry Pies(purchased tart shells, canned cherry pie filling, purchased ice cream is optional)

Not-Your-Mother's Tuna Salad with Tomato Salsa (bagged mixed spring greens, canned tomatoes with peppers and onions)
Lemon Phyllo Cups (phyllo cups, lemon pudding mix)

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

Hurry-Up Chicken Pot Pie (canned or deli chicken, biscuit mix, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, frozen vegetable mix)
Sliced Tomatoes with Blue Cheese (crumbled blue cheese, bottled vinaigrette)
Blueberry Stacks (refrigerated crescent rolls, jarred blueberry jam)

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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