Saturday, July 3, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for July 4, 2010

The 4th of July is here! Yeah - cookouts, picnics, fireworks, the works! What a wonderful time of the summer for great celebrations. How will your celebrate? I am hosting a BBQ right in my own backyard but the menu is also great for picnics in the park or a take-along where ever your gathering is to be. Enjoy your 'do'!

To help the budget during these tight times, I have included a bake-once eat-twice combo with the Turkey Breast with French Country Gravy plus Mexi-Turkey Wraps menus. You will even have turkey for sandwiches during the week.

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 (4th of July):
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)

Turkey Breast with French Country Gravy (crock pot; jarred Alfredo sauce; save some turkey for Wednesday)
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed rice mix)
Sauteed Brussels Sprouts
Pound Cake Torte (purchased pound cake, prepared frosting)

Super Supper Stuffed Spuds (vegetarian; microwave potatoes and bake in oven to finish, shredded cheeses, bagged chopped veggies)
Mandarin Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, canned Mandarin oranges, bottled Asian-type salad dressing)
Single Layer Yellow Cake with berries (yellow cake mix, frozen whipped topping, berries)

Mexi-Turkey Wraps (turkey from Monday; bagged shredded lettuce and cheese)
Black Bean and Corn Salad (canned black beans and corn)
Corn Chips and Tomato Salsa (bagged corn chips, jarred tomato salsa)
Embellished Sugar Cookies (purchased sugar cookie dough, save remaining cookies for Thursday)

Easy Cheeseburger Pie (baking mix, shredded cheese)
Green Beans
Tossed Salad (bagged veggie-lover lettuce mix, jarred salad dressing; purchase extra tomatoes for Friday)
Sugar Cookie Apple Crisp (prepared cookie dough or cookies from Wednesday, canned apple pie filling)

Broiled Tilapia
Fettuccine with Green Peas (boxed pasta, frozen peas)
Broiled Tomatoes (grated Parmesan cheese)
Heavenly Cherries Jubilee (purchased angel food cake, canned cherry pie filling)

Meatball Stew (frozen meatballs)
Bread Bowls (refrigerated biscuits)
Fruit Salad with Yogurt Dressing (purchased yogurt, canned Mandarin oranges, pear slices, and pineapple)
Buckeye Chocolate Chippers (prepared cookie dough, canned chocolate frosting)

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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