What’s for dinner? 30 minute menus for 2010 – 24th edition

This is the 24th edition of the 30 minute weekly menus for 2010. I like to make the weekly menus on Thursday or Friday, do the shopping on Saturday and start the weekly menus on Sunday.

Well, we’re pretty sure we’re in the middle of (and muggy) summer here in Atlanta! This week’s menus will have you cool as a breeze and out of the kitchen in no time. Most menus are just fun to get into the spirit of the season – HOLIDAYS.

My mother is celebrating her 90th birthday this weekend. I’m organizing a family reunion for her. Spiral Sliced ​​Ham will make the meal special and make it easy for me! For the starter, I will serve an Easy Elegance menu consisting of: Round Brie with Mango Chutney; Smoked salmon; grapes, endive, snow peas and asparagus; cucumber and dill sauce; Sesame seed blue cheese crackers and plain crackers; Gourmet Olives Stuffed With Citrus. Our celebration meal is off to a great start.

You will find that I use various cooking methods, mix and match, to get dinner on the table fast! (Ingredients in parentheses show some of my quick prep steps.) You can always substitute your favorite made-from-scratch recipes when you have more time.

Hope you have a great week!

Spiral Sliced ​​Ham (fully cooked ham; save some ham for Wednesday)
Quattro Cheese (boxed pasta, grated cheeses)
Mushroom Peas (Frozen Vegetable Mix)
Lemon cake with fresh strawberries (bought cake)

Chicken Taco Ring Bake (chilled crescent rolls, shredded cheese, canned tomatoes, and chicken)
Salsa and sour cream toppings with shredded lettuce (jarred salsa, bagged shredded lettuce)
Refried beans (canned beans)
Red Onion – Orange Salad (canned tangerine sections)
Heavenly Hash (canned fruit, frozen whipped topping)

Spaghetti Bolognese (boxed pasta, jarred bolognese sauce)
Italian Vegetable Mix (Frozen Vegetable Mix)
Fingerprint Jam Cookies (Jam in a Jar)

Ham Cheese Bake (Sunday Ham; Potatoes and Canned Vegetables)
Pineapple salad (canned pineapple)
Individual Cherry Pies (store-bought pie shells, canned cherry pie filling, store-bought ice cream is optional)

Not-Your-Mother’s Tuna Salad with Tomato Sauce (bags of mixed spring greens, canned tomatoes with bell peppers and onions)
Lemon Puff Cups (puff cups, lemon pudding mix)

Weekday Grilled Pizza (vegetarian; store-bought pizza crust, packaged pasta sauce, grated cheeses)
Lettuce wedges (jarred salad dressing)
Grilled Pears with Honey Glaze

Quick Chicken Pot Pie (canned or deli chicken, biscuit mix, cream of mushroom soup, sour cream, frozen vegetable mix)
Sliced ​​Tomatoes with Blue Cheese (shredded blue cheese, bottled vinaigrette)
Blueberry Stacks (chilled crescent rolls, jarred blueberry jam)

I sincerely hope you have fun planning and preparing your meals.
Elizabeth Randall and family

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