Friday, August 13, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for August 15, 2010

Since it is so hot! hot! hot! here in Atlanta, I decided to go international with this week's menus. Our menus are from the sun-drenched countries of Italy, South America, France, China, and Japan. No need to get beat from the heat - just have some fun and pretend you are on vacation in a far away land!

The Tempura Shrimp on Saturday is great for company. You can have a lot of fun with your table decorations, beverages, and appetizer course such as the Party in a Bag 'At the Cheese Ball' with: Cheddar Cheese Balls; Summer Sausage with Roasted Garlic Mustard; Sliced Pears and Veg Tray with Spicy Tomato Salsa; Tortilla Chips and Savory Herb Crackers; and 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!

French Burgers with White Wine Sauce
Egg Noodles (purchased noodles)
Peach Melba Parfaits (purchased ice cream, canned peaches, jarred raspberry jam; buy extra ice cream for Wednesday and Thursday)

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

Weeknight Minestrone Soup (vegetarian; dried tortellini, canned tomatoes, mixed veggies, and white beans)
Apple Waldorf Salad (prepared mayo)
Crusty Bread (purchased bread)
Jiffy Cherry Cobbler (puff pastry, canned cherry 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)

Kung Pao Chicken (chicken tenders)
Fried Rice
Melon Salad with Apricot Dressing (apricot jam, yogurt, shredded coconut)
Ginger Ice Cream and Fortune Cookies (purchased ice cream and cookies)

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

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

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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