What's For Dinner? 30-Minute Menus For 2009

What's For Dinner? 30-Minute Menus For 2009

This is Valentine's Day week! Are you ready to show your sweetheart just how much you care? I have a wonderful menu for Saturday night; it is perfect for this holiday because, with its easy prep, you will be able to enjoy the evening, too!

We had snow here in North Carolina last week so I am planning some cold-weather menus this week. Most of the menus will help with tight budgets, too. I did splurge on the Valentine's Day menu with fillet Mignon but this is a special meal that calls for a special menu (and it is less expensive than eating out!). I will serve the Easy Elegance 'Party in a Bag' for an effortless appetizer course for a great beginning to our evening.

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!


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


Fiesta Chicken (Ro * Tel canned tomatoes)
Yellow Rice (mix)
Mexi-Corn (canned corn)
Banana Pudding (instant banana pudding mix)


Tortellini Rustica with Fresh Vegetables (vegetarian; prepared tortellini, canned tomatoes)
Three Pepper Salad (jarred Italian dressing)
Quick Tortoni and Seasonal Berries (purchased coconut macaroons and ice cream, frozen whipped topping)


Beef and Broccoli Stir-Fry
Sesame Cuke Salad
Phyllo Raspberry Creams (purchased phyllo shells, instant pistachio pudding mix


Turkey Tettrizini (pre-cooked or canned turkey or chicken)
Vegetable Medley
Ice Cream with Pecan Shortbread Cookies (purchased ice cream and cookies)


Not-Your-Mamma's Tuna Salad (bagged salad greens, canned tomatoes)
Rolls (purchased rolls)
Lemon Cups (tart shells, instant lemon pudding mix)

Saturday (Valentine's Day):

Fillet Mignon with Bleu Cheese Topper (Panko bread crumbs)
Baked Potatoes (microwaved then baked to finish)
Caesar Salad (bagged salad mix)
Grown Up Smores (graham cracker tart shells)


Source by Elizabeth Randall

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