Thursday, September 9, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for September 12, 2010

We have fallen into Fall here in Atlanta. Our weather has been glorious - such a great way to kick off the new season. I am also kicking off Fall menus with all the deliciousness of the Fall harvest. Happy Fall y'all!

The Saturday night menu, Beef Bourguignon, is easy enough for a family night yet fancy enough for guests. If you are having company, I would recommend the Easy Elegance 'Party in a Bag' appetizer course consisting of: Brie Round with Mango Chutney; Smoked Salmon and Grapes, Endive, Snow Peas, Asparagus Spears with Cucumber Dill Dip; Blue Cheese and Sesame Seed Crackers and Simple Water Crackers; Citrus Stuffed Gourmet Olives.

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!

Fillet Mignon with Bleu Cheese Topper (Panko bread crumbs; save some bleu cheese for Thursday; grill a small round steak for Thursday)
Baked Potatoes (microwaved then baked to finish)
Caesar Salad (bagged salad mix)
Pots of Chocolate

Chicken and Dumplings (crock pot; frozen dumplings or pastry sheets, cream of mushroom soup; save some chicken for Wednesday)
Asparagus / Tomato Stir Fry
Mixed Berry Stack (purchased puff pastry)

Quick Baked Ziti (vegetarian; jarred pasta sauce, bagged shredded cheese)
Panned Spinach (bagged baby spinach)
Individual Cherry Pies (purchased pastry shells, canned cherry pie filling; purchase extra cherry pie filling for Saturday)

Warm Chicken Citrus Salad (chicken from Monday; bagged salad greens, jarred citrus)
Triple Corn Chowder (canned corn, purchased corn chips)
Pecan Pie (purchased pecan pie)

Blue Cheese Encrusted Beef Stew (beef from Sunday; prepared pie crust, jarred beef gravy, canned potatoes and carrots)
Fresh Fruit Salad (prepared mayo)
Apple Dumplings a la Mode (purchased ice cream, prepared pie crust; purchase extra apples and ice cream for Friday)

Grilled Shrimp with Greek Veggie Salsa (cleaned and deveined shrimp, canned tomatoes)
New Potatoes
Corn on the Cob
Ice Cream with Apple Crunch Topper (purchased ice cream)

Beef Bourguignon (frozen potato and green bean mix with rosemary butter sauce)
Avocado and Romaine Salad
French Bread, Butter
Cherry Vanilla Pie (prepared graham cracker crust, instant vanilla pudding mix, cherry pie filling)

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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