Saturday, July 24, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for July 25, 2010

Are you having fun in the sun? You will with this week's menus! They will have you out of the kitchen in 30 minutes - guaranteed.

One of my favorite treats from summer produce is Fried Green Tomatoes. Saturday's menu offers a full bounty of summer offerings from the garden with tomatoes, cucumbers, and blueberries; fresh mango is a refreshing delight this time of year. You will find fresh, local produce scattered throughout this week's menus.

Sunday's menu of Eye of the Round Roast Beef with Peppercorn Sauce is always a family hit. The beauty of this dish is that it is prepared in the crock pot for an easy-breezy kitchen prep. This is a 'cook once / eat twice' dish so be sure to save some of the beef for Tuesday's Beef & Brie Panini!

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.
  • 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!

Eye of the Round Roast Beef with Peppercorn Sauce (crock pot; gravy mix; save some beef for Tuesday)
Mashed Potatoes (frozen steamers)
Chop House Salad (jarred salad dressing)
Individual Boston Cream Tortes (purchased pound cake, instant pudding mix, prepared chocolate syrup)

Fresh-from-the-Oven Fried Chicken (boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenders, seasoned coating mix for chicken)
Macaroni and Double Cheese (boxed macaroni and cheese dinner, shredded cheese)
Italian Green Beans (frozen mix)
Just Baked Cookies (take-and-bake cookies)

Beef & Brie Panini (beef from Sunday)
Bread and Condiments (prepared horseradish sauce and Dijon-style mustard)
Tex-Mex Salad (canned black beans, corn, tomatoes, pimento, and ripe olives)
Tapioca Apples over Ice Cream (tapioca pearls, purchased ice cream)

Tuscan Pasta (boxed pasta, canned cannellini beans, shredded cheeses)
Sliced Tomatoes
Italian Bread
Peachy Macaroon Cups (canned peaches, purchased macaroon cookies)

Polynesian Turkey Stir Fry (deli-cut turkey slices, canned pineapple, jarred orange marmalade)
Jasmine Rice
Snow Peas
Coconut Tarts (purchased tart shells, instant coconut pudding mix, canned whipped cream)

Fish Italianio (bottled sun-dried tomato salad dressing, bagged baby spinach)
Fettuccine with Parmesan Topper (boxed pasta)
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Sugar Cookie Kisses (prepared cookie dough, purchased chocolate candy kisses)

Fried Green Tomato Sandwiches (vegetarian; bottled thousand island dressing)
Mango / Cuke Salsa (canned chilies)
Lemon Blueberry Tarts (prepared graham cracker tart shells, instant lemon pudding mix)

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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