Saturday, January 1, 2011

MMC 30-Minute Menus for January 2, 2011

Happy New Year to YOU! I hope your Christmas and New Year celebrations were glorious in every way. Now that the holidays are over and it is time to get back in the swing of weekday routines, I have planned menus that are delicious, quick, and absolutely not fussy allowing you to concentrate on the important things!

The Monday menu of Meatball Stew in Bread Baskets is just plain fun for all. Your children will love making the bread baskets and then eating them right up making for a fun evening on the first day back to school.

My New Year's resolution to reduce, reuse, and recycle is quite evident in the menus this week; you can see all the sharing of foods between the days plus there is a cook once - eat twice menu set with the Chicken & Dumplings on Wednesday followed by Hot Chicken Salad on Friday.

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!

Bacon Wrapped Chicken (garlic & cheese spread such as Philly whipped creamed cheese, Rondele, or Alouette, boneless and skinless chicken breasts)
Roasted Potatoes (canned potatoes, dry onion soup mix)
Asparagus Salad with Citrus Dressing (prepared orange and lime juices; save some asparagus or purchase more for Wednesday)
Chocolate Raspberry Bars (prepared chocolate cookie dough, white chocolate morsels, raspberry jam)

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

Thai Pad Shrimp (cleaned and deveined shrimp, Thai peanut sauce mix)
Angel Hair Pasta (boxed pasta)
Cuke and Honeydew Salad
Strawberry Pound Cake (purchased pound cake, frozen or canned whipped topping; save some pound cake for Saturday)

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

French Style Sausage & White Bean Cassoulet (canned beans)
Greek Salad (jarred salad dressing)
Chocolate Pudding (instant pudding mix)

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

Fried Mushroom Fritters with Vindaloo Sauce (vegetarian; sliced mushrooms, jarred Vindaloo sauce)
French Bread
Pear Salad (canned pears, prepared mayo, shredded cheese)
Toasted Pound Cake with Ice Cream (pound cake from Tuesday, 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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