The Saturday menu, Cincinnati Chili for a Crowd, is a great crowd pleaser! I am going to host a picnic in the park with friends - what fun in this beautiful weather. I will put the chili in a crockpot to keep it warm until we are ready to eat. If you are having company, I would recommend the Tail Gater 'Party in a Bag' appetizer course consisting of: a Cheese Cube Assortment and Cream Cheese with Hot Pepper Raspberry Preserves; Veg Tray and Apple Slices with Savory Herb & Pecan Dip Mix; Aged Cheddar Beer Crackers and Simple Water Crackers; Sesame Almond Cocktail Snack Mix. This will travel to your picnic nicely and leave you time to enjoy your guests, too!
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!
Chicken Cordon Bleu (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shaved ham, purchased bread crumbs)
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed rice mix)
Roasted Broccoli Mix (bagged broccoli/cauliflower/carrot mix)
Mixed Greens with Pears and Walnuts (bagged salad greens, jarred Italian salad dressing)
Chocolate Torte (purchased torte)
Mexi-Turkey Wraps (pre-cooked or deli turkey; 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; purchase extra salsa for Saturday)
Embellished Sugar Cookies (purchased sugar cookie dough, save remaining cookies for Friday)
Slow Cooked Pulled Pork (crock pot; bottled BBQ sauce and mushroom gravy)
Buns and Condiments (purchased buns, jarred condiments)
Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing)
Banana Pudding (instant pudding mix, purchased vanilla wafers)
Fiesta Chicken (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, Ro*Tel canned tomatoes)
Yellow Rice (boxed rice mix)
Fresh Fruit Salad (vanilla yogurt for dressing)
Ice Cream Sundaes (purchased ice cream and toppings)
Cream of Broccoli Soup (vegetarian; shredded cheese, boxed vegetable broth)
Artichoke Crostini (jarred marinated artichokes)
Baked 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 or cookies from Monday, purchased chocolate candy kisses)
Cincinnati Chili for a Crowd (Cinci chili 5 ways with noodles, shredded cheese, onions, beans, or plain)
Condiment Bar (jarred salsas and relishes with sour cream)
Citrus and Avocado Salad (jarred citrus)
Stacked Brownies (purchased brownies and chocolate syrup)
Get inspired for your weekly menus at OrgJunkie!
I sincerely hope you have fun with your meal planning and preparation,
Elizabeth Randall and Family