To chase away the cold-weather blues, I am having a Party Friday night. It will be a vegetarian Spaghetti Fest but you can add meat to your sauce if you prefer. For the appetizer course I will stick to the Italian theme with the Italian Buffet from my 'Party in a Bag' collection: Parmesan Wedge and Tuscan Olive Cheese Ball; Prosciutto Figs, Apricots, Melon, and Asparagus Spears; Red Pepper & Romano Bruschetta Topping and Artichoke Pesto; Asiago Cheese Crackers and Baguette Crisps; Feta 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!
Blackened Fish on Bed of Julienned Vegetables (bagged broccoli slaw mix)
Red Beans and Rice (boxed mix)
No-Bake Cheesecake Tarts (purchased graham cracker tart shells, instant cheesecake pudding mix)
Oven Fried Chicken (boneless, skinless chicken breast or tenders, seasoned coating mix for chicken)
Macaroni and Double Cheese (boxed macaroni and cheese dinner, shredded cheese; save some cheese or purchase extra for Wednesday)
Italian Green Beans (frozen mix)
Just Baked Cookies (take-and-bake cookies)
Roast Beef and Vegetables (crock pot; save leftover beef for Thursday and Saturday)
Tossed Salad with Blue Cheese Dressing (bagged salad greens, bottled salad dressing)
Ginger Shortcakes with Caramelized Pears (baking mix, canned pears)
Kentucky Hot Brown Sandwiches (deli ham and turkey, shredded cheddar cheese)
3-Bean Salad (jarred 3-bean salad)
Derby Pie Tarts (purchased tart shells, chocolate morsels, chopped pecans, canned whipped cream)
Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (beef from Tuesday; bagged, cut broccoli)
Sesame Cuke Salad
Phyllo Raspberry Creams (frozen phyllo cups, instant pudding mix)
Spaghetti Fest of Spinach Pesto and Marinara Sauce (vegetarian; jarred marinara sauce, bagged spinach)
Pasta of Choice
Creamy Blue Cheese Lettuce Wedges (jarred salad dressing)
Tiramisu (purchased lady finger cookies)
Beef Vegetable Soup (beef from Tuesnday; canned vegetables and mushroom gravy)
Gouda or Cheddar Paninis
Blueberry Turnovers (blueberry jam inside crescent rolls with sugar glaze on top)
Get inspired for your weekly menus at OrgJunkie!
I sincerely hope you have fun with your meal planning and preparation,
Elizabeth Randall and Family