Saturday, December 18, 2010

MMC 30-Minute Menus for December 19, 2010

Merry Christmas! The week has finally arrived and with great gusto here in Atlanta. It is very cold with a few, scattered snow flurries - really putting the feel of Christmas in the air! No matter what your plans are, the menus this week will have you enjoying the season rather than 'bah humbugging' over what to serve for dinner.

The Christmas Eve menu of a Sausage Roll is a family tradition for us. The Sausage Roll can be made earlier in the day to be ready when you are whether after a mid-night mass or family gathering.

For Christmas Day, I am serving a grand Garlic and Rosemary Rubbed Prime Rib with Mushroom Sauce and Mashed Potatoes. My family will be joining me so I will serve the MomsMealConnection Wine Tasting 'Party in a Bag': a Brie Round and 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 This appetizer course will be an awesome start to our fine Christmas Dinner.

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 French Country Gravy (crock pot; jarred Alfredo sauce; save some turkey for Tuesday and Thursday)
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed rice mix)
Green Beans
Pound Cake Torte (purchased pound cake, prepared frosting)

Quick Minestrone Soup (vegetarian; dried tortellini, canned tomatoes, mixed veggies, and white beans)
Pear Salad (prepared mayo, bagged shredded cheddar cheese; save some cheese for Thursday)
Artisian Bread (purchased bread)
Cherry Cobbler (puff pastry, canned cherry pie filling; purchase extra cherry pie filling for Saturday)

Turkey a la King (turkey from Sunday)
Hot Biscuits (biscuit mix)
Strawberry Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, jarred salad dressing; save some spinach for Wednesday)
Apple Pie Parfaits (canned apple pie filling, purchased ice cream)

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, purchased chocolate candy kisses)

Turkey Taco Ring Bake (turkey from Sunday; refrigerated crescent rolls, shredded cheese, canned tomatoes)
Salsa and Sour Cream Toppings with Shredded Lettuce (jarred salsa, bagged shredded lettuce)
Refried Beans (canned beans)
Red Onion - Orange Salad (canned Mandarin orange sections)
Heavenly Hash (canned fruits, frozen whipped topping)

Friday: Christmas Eve
Sausage Roll (puff pastry)
Sugar Snap Peas with Vinaigrette
Peach Tarts with Almond Crunch Topper (canned peaches, prepared pie crusts)

Saturday: Christmas Day
Garlic and Rosemary Rubbed Prime Rib (crock pot, boneless rib eye roast)
Mushroom Sauce
Mashed Potatoes (steamers or instant mashed potatoes)
Brussels Sprouts
Waldorf Salad
Rolls of Choice
Cherries Jubilee (canned cherry pie filling, purchased ice 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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