Monday, August 30, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for August 29, 2010

Since it is still so hot and the kids are going back to school (and all the business that means), I have included a cook once - eat three times menu strategy this week. We can all be winners with our time, our budget, and our family. How great is that!

This Friday is the start of the Labor Day weekend. My family will arrive on Friday evening so I will have the Beef Vegetable Soup simmering on the stove as they come home. We will begin our celebration on Saturday night with family and friends with a Crab Boil. To accompany the meal, I will serve the Tex-Mex appetizer course containing: Sharp Cheddar Wedge with Farm House Chutney; Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing; Celery, Carrots, Ripe Olives, Sliced Apples on the Vegetable Tray; Tortilla Chips and Simple Water Crackers; Smokehouse Almonds. This will be a grand meal with lots of fun for everyone!

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!

Fish in White Wine Sauce (frozen fish fillets)
Duchess Potatoes (instant garlic mashed potatoes)
Baby Peas (frozen peas)
Baked Tomato Halves
Coconut Cream Pie with Berries (prepared graham cracker crust, instant pudding mix; purchase extra berries for Thursday)

Roast Beef and Vegetables (crock pot; save leftover beef for Wednesday and Friday)
Tossed Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing (bagged salad greens, bottled salad dressing)
Ginger Shortcakes with Caramelized Pears (baking mix, canned pears)

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

Shepherd's Pie (beef from Monday; instant mashed potatoes, canned mixed vegetables and soup)
Waldorf Salad
Cherry Fluff (canned cherry pie filling and pineapple, frozen whipped topping; purchase extr whipped topping for Thursday)

Tortellini Rustica with Fresh Vegetables (vegetarian; prepared tortellini, grated Parmesan cheese)
Three Pepper Salad (jarred Italian salad dressing)
Quick Tortoni and Seasonal Berries (purchased coconut macaroon cookies and ice cream, frozen whipped topping)

Friday: Labor Day Weekend Begins
Beef Vegetable Soup (beef from Monday; canned vegetables and mushroom gravy)
Gouda or Cheddar Paninis
Blueberry Turnovers (blueberry jam inside crescent rolls with sugar glaze on top)

Crab Boil for a Crowd
Potato Salad (canned potatoes)
Spring Vegetable Salad (cherry tomatoes, bottled vinaigrette)
Individual Corn Puddings (canned corn)
Angel Food Torte (purchased angel food cake, instant 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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