Monday, November 1, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for October 31, 2010

Is it chilly (or maybe cold) where you live? It is down-right chilly here in Atlanta. We have had a marvelous fall with chilly mornings and crispy days. You will find the menus reflecting the cooler weather with more hearty food being served. I have also included fresh fruits and vegetables of the season.

The menus this week will help save you time and money with the crock pot Turkey Breast with Herbed Wine Sauce making two great meals for your family - there will also be turkey for those great turkey sandwiches! The Meat Ball Stew comes with its own bread bowls. How fun is that to eat everything including the bowl. Your family will simply love them.

Saturday's Pesto Chicken with Linguini menu is easy enough for family but special enough for company fare. I will host a dinner this Saturday for a few friends. The Wine Tasting 'Party in a Bag' will be a wonderful start to this meal. It is: a Brie Round and a Mild Cheddar Wedge with Pomegranate Cranberry Chutney; Pate; Endive, Asparagus Spears, Bell Peppers, and Melon with Artichoke Pesto; Whole Wheat Mini Toasts and Simple Water Crackers; Kalamata Gourmet Olives. If you have pesto remaining from the chicken main course just add it to the appetizer buffet!

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!

Turkey Breast with Herbed Wine Sauce (crock pot; save some turkey for Wednesday)
Mashed Potatoes (frozen mashed potato steamers)
Green Beans
Pecan Tarts (purchased pecan tarts, whipped cream topping; save some topping for Monday)

Ravioli Mediteranea (vegetarian; purchased ravioli, jarred pasta sauce, shredded cheese)
Fresh Green Beans
Heavenly Angel Food Cake (purchased angel food cake, strawberry jam, whipped cream topping)

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

Hot Turkey Salad (turkey from Sunday; jarred chutney, canned pineapple, bagged salad greens)
Sliced Apples with Grapes
Chocolate Nut Toffee (boxed graham cracker crumbs, chocolate morsels)

Tuscan Pasta (boxed pasta, canned cannellini beans, shredded cheeses)
Sliced Tomatoes (purchase extra tomatoes for Saturday)
Italian Bread
Peachy Macaroon Cups (canned peaches, purchased macaroon cookies; purchase extra peaches for Saturday)

Spicy Redfish with Pineapple Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing, canned pineapple)
Herb and Mushroom Rice (boxed rice mix)
Chocolate Dipped Cookies and Berries (purchased cookies, chocolate morsels)

Pesto Chicken (boneless and skinless chicken breasts, jarred pesto or jarred pasta sauce if your family does not like pesto)
Linguini (boxed pasta)
Caprese Salad (jarred Italian dressing)
Peach Crisp (canned peaches)

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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