Monday, January 10, 2011

MMC 30-Minute Menus for January 9, 2011

I hope your New Year has had a grand start! The menus this week will keep you warm and cozy with the great comfort foods of winter. The aromas coming from the kitchen will have everyone ready and waiting for supper this week!

The Saturday night menu, Beef Bourguignon, is easy enough for a family night yet fancy enough for guests. If you are having company, I would recommend the Easy Elegance 'Party in a Bag' appetizer course consisting of: Brie Round with Mango Chutney; Smoked Salmon and Grapes, Endive, Snow Peas, Asparagus Spears with Cucumber Dill Dip; Blue Cheese and Sesame Seed Crackers and Simple Water Crackers; Citrus 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!

Pork Medallions with Tarragon Sauce
Buttered Rotinni (boxed pasta)
Steamed Zucchinni
Blueberry Cheesecake Tarts (graham cracker tart shells, instant cheesecake pudding mix, blueberry jam)

Fiesta Chicken (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, Ro*Tel canned tomatoes; purchase extra chicken for Thursday and Friday)
Yellow Rice (boxed rice mix)
Mexi-Corn (canned corn)
Fresh Fruit Salad (vanilla yogurt for dressing)
Ice Cream Sundaes (purchased ice cream and toppings)

Ravioli Mediteranea (vegetarian; purchased ravioli, jarred pasta sauce, shredded cheese; purchase extra pasta sauce for Thursday is using pasta sauce rather than pesto)
Tossed Salad
Heavenly Angel Food Cake (purchased angel food cake, strawberry jam, whipped cream topping)

Salisbury Steaks on Bed of Onions
Acorn Squash with Peas (frozen peas)
Citrus Salad (jarred fruit)
Apple Tarts (puff pastry, canned apple pie filling)

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)

Quick Weeknight Jambalaya (boxed gumbo mix, chicken tenders, fully cooked smoked sausage, cleaned and deveined shrimp, canned tomatoes)
Strawberry Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, jarred vinaigrette)
Cream Puffs (purchased cream puffs)

Beef Bourguignon (frozen potato and green bean mix with rosemary butter sauce)
Avocado and Romaine Salad
French Bread, Butter
Cherry Vanilla Pie (prepared graham cracker crust, instant vanilla pudding mix, cherry pie filling)

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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