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What’s For Dinner? 30-Minute Menus for 2010 – 39th Edition

This is the 39th edition of the weekly 30-minute menus for 2010. These are published on a weekly basis; I like to develop the weekly menus on Thursday or Friday, grocery shop on Saturday, and start the week’s menus on Sunday.

This Sunday is 10-10-10! October 10, 2010. Must be a lucky week for us all! I plan on buying lottery tickets. How about you? I have some fantastic menus to get you out of the kitchen lickety-split so you can buy your lucky ticket. Let’s get going…

The Saturday menu, Cincinnati Chili for a Crowd, is a great crowd pleaser! I am going to host a picnic in the park with friends – what fun in this beautiful weather. I will put the chili in a crockpot to keep it warm until we are ready to eat. If you are having company, I would recommend the Tail Gater appetizer course consisting of: a Cheese Cube Assortment and Cream Cheese with Hot Pepper Raspberry Preserves; Veg Tray and Apple Slices with Savory Herb & Pecan Dip Mix; Aged Cheddar Beer Crackers and Simple Water Crackers; Sesame Almond Cocktail Snack Mix. This will travel to your picnic nicely and leave you time to enjoy your guests, too!

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!

Sunday:
Chicken Cordon Bleu (boneless, skinless chicken breasts, shaved ham, purchased bread crumbs)
Long Grain and Wild Rice (boxed rice mix)
Roasted Broccoli Mix (bagged broccoli/cauliflower/carrot mix)
Mixed Greens with Pears and Walnuts (bagged salad greens, jarred Italian salad dressing)
Chocolate Torte (purchased torte)

Monday:
Mexi-Turkey Wraps (pre-cooked or deli turkey; bagged shredded lettuce and cheese)
Black Bean and Corn Salad (canned black beans and corn)
Corn Chips and Tomato Salsa (bagged corn chips, jarred tomato salsa; purchase extra salsa for Saturday)
Embellished Sugar Cookies (purchased sugar cookie dough, save remaining cookies for Friday)

Tuesday:
Slow Cooked Pulled Pork (crock pot; bottled BBQ sauce and mushroom gravy)
Buns and Condiments (purchased buns, jarred condiments)
Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing)
Banana Pudding (instant pudding mix, purchased vanilla wafers)

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

Thursday:
Cream of Broccoli Soup (vegetarian; shredded cheese, boxed vegetable broth)
Artichoke Crostini (jarred marinated artichokes)
Caramelized Peaches

Friday:
Baked Fish Italianio (bottled sun-dried tomato salad dressing, bagged baby spinach)
Fettuccine with Parmesan Topper (boxed pasta)
Fresh Seasonal Fruit
Baguette
Sugar Cookie Kisses (prepared cookie dough or cookies from Monday, purchased chocolate candy kisses)

Saturday:
Cincinnati Chili for a Crowd (Cinci chili 5 ways with noodles, shredded cheese, onions, beans, or plain)
Condiment Bar (jarred salsas and relishes with sour cream)
Citrus and Avocado Salad (jarred citrus)
Stacked Brownies (purchased brownies and chocolate syrup)

I sincerely hope you have fun with your meal planning and preparation,
Elizabeth Randall and Family

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