What’s For Dinner? 30-Minute Menus For 2010 – 18th Edition

This is the 18th 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.

Can you believe it is May? Where has the time gone? I am really enjoying being out-of-doors in the beautiful Atlanta weather. The menus this week reflect this feeling and are guaranteed to get you out of the kitchen and into the great outdoors pronto!

To celebrate May, I am hosting a brunch on Sunday – the Company Shrimp and Grits menu will be perfect. For the appetizer course, I will serve: Cheddar Cheese Balls; Summer Sausage with Roasted Garlic Mustard; Sliced Pears and Veg Tray with Spicy Tomato Salsa; Tortilla Chips and Savory Herb Crackers; Honey Roasted Almonds.

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 (brunch this week):

Company Shrimp and Grits with Smoky Gouda (cleaned and deveined shrimp, quick (not instant) grits, shredded Gouda)

Spinach Salad (bagged baby spinach, bottled blue cheese vinaigrette)

Croissants, Butter (prepared croissants)

Lemon Tart (prepared pie crust, lemon juice)


Ham and Cheddar Strata (Deli ham; purchased sourdough bread, bagged cheese)

Broccoli / Bell Pepper / Mushroom Medley

Toasted Pound Cake with Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce (purchased pound cake, ice cream, and chocolate sauce; buy extra ice cream for Wednesday)


Chicken and Dumplings (crock pot; frozen dumplings or pastry sheets, cream of mushroom soup)

Asparagus / Tomato Stir Fry

Mixed Berry Stack (purchased puff pastry)


Tortellini Rustica with Fresh Vegetables (vegetarian; prepared tortellini, grated Parmesan cheese)

Three Pepper Salad (jarred Italian salad dressing)

Quick Tortoni and Seasonal Berries (purchased coconut macaroon cookies and ice cream, frozen whipped topping)


Mexican Beef and Cheese Soup (shredded cheese)

Tortillas with Guacamole Spread

Brownies (purchased brownies)


Tempura Shrimp (cleaned and deveined shrimp)

Udon Noodles with Soy Dressing (purchased noodles)

Steamed Julienne Vegetables (bagged julienned vegetables)

Fresh Fruit Baskets (extra puff pastry sheet from Tuesday, canned whipped cream)


BBQ Chicken Sandwiches (pre-cooked or canned chicken, bottled BBQ sauce)

Buns and Condiments (purchased buns, jarred condiments)

Potato Wedges

Cole Slaw (bagged slaw mix, jarred slaw dressing)

Fruit Pizza Cookies (purchased sugar cookie dough)

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

Elizabeth Randall and Family

Source by Elizabeth Randall

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