A Food Lover's Delight!
A Food Lover’s Delight!

Please enjoy these suggested menus featuring The Food Lover’s Favorite Recipes. This page will be updated as I develop new menus. For information on how to create your own menus, see my posting on How to Prepare Weekly Dinner Menus. For additional previously published menus, check out my Special Menus and Party Recipes.


Meatless Monday Lunch

Spicy Black Bean Burgers with Garlic Aioli
Colorful Chopped Salad with Garden Vegetables
Pitcher of Simple Iced Tea – Made with Sunshine

Meatless Monday Dinner #1

Roasted Beet Salad with Goat Cheese and Pine Nuts
Linguine with Lentil Pasta Sauce and Shredded Parmesan
Glasses of Red Burgundy Wine

Meatless Monday Dinner #2

Individual Vegetable Lasagnas
Field Greens Salad with Sun-Dried Tomato Italian Dressing
Crusty Baguette with Olive Oil for dipping
Glasses of Red Wine or Mineral Water

Tex Mex Weeknight Casual Dinner

Tortilla Chips with My Favorite Guacamole and Richard’s Party Salsa
Chicken and Spinach Enchiladas with Green Chile Sauce and Refried Black Beans with Melted Monterey Jack Cheese
Pitchers of Beer and Sangria

Tex Mex Friday Lunch

Chile Con Queso with Smoky Chipotles and Warm Tortilla Chips
Marinated Skirt Steak Fajitas with all the Fixin’s including My Favorite Guacamole
Simple Iced Tea — Made With Sunshine!

Fish Friday Dinner

Succulent Crab Cakes and Sockeye Salmon Burgers with The Best Tartar Sauce
Simple Cucumber Salad
Creamy Coleslaw
Bottles of Beer or Glasses of White Wine
Chocolate Chip Brownies

Casual Party Lunch Buffet

Hearty Meatball Sandwiches
The Gooiest Cheesiest Cheese Steak Sandwiches
Garden Salad with Herby Buttermilk Dressing
Lemony Mediterranean-Style Tuna Pasta Salad
Mineral Water or Simple Iced Tea – Made with Sunshine

Burger Night

The Best Burger with The Food Lover’s Special Sauce
Honey Mustard Baked Beans
Dill Potato Salad with Greek Yogurt
Bottled Sodas or Beer

Veggie Burger Night

Spicy Black Bean Burgers on whole grain buns
Colorful Chopped Salad
Simple Oven Baked Potato Fries
Simple Iced Tea – Made with Sunshine

No-Cook Summer Casual Dinner

Open Face Smoked Salmon Sandwiches with Fresh Herbs
Field Greens Salad with Tarragon Balsamic Dressing
Bottles of Beer or Mineral Water

Casual Italian Night

Zesty Italian Burgers with Provolone and Roasted Tomato Sauce
Side of Pizza Pasta Salad
Bottles of Beer or Glasses of Italian Red Wine

Mediterranean Lunch

Garlicky White Bean Dip with Pita Chips
Open Face Chicken Gyro Sandwiches
Bottles of Mineral Water or Soda

Mediterranean Dinner

Simple Cucumber Salad
Grilled Lamb Burgers over Lentils with Minty Yogurt Sauce
Couscous with Grilled Chicken, Apricots, Chickpeas and Toasted Almonds
Pitcher of Simple Iced Tea – Made with Sunshine

Weekend Picnic Lunch

Antipasti Platter with Baguette Slices
Marinated Chicken Tomato Orzo Salad
Pitcher of Simple Iced Tea – Made With Sunshine

Casual Sunday Breakfast

Parfait of Homemade Granola, Greek Yogurt, and Honey
Easy Vegetable Frittata
Minty Fruit Salad
Coffee and Tea

Ladies Lunch

Flutes of Sparkling Wine to start and also with lunch
Cup of Wild Mushroom Soup with Sherry
Strawberry, Mango and Avocado Salad over Arugula
Savory Zucchini Bread with Whipped Cream Cheese

Very Elegant Lunch

Flutes of Champagne
Cup of Velvety Butternut Squash Soup
Strawberry Almond Goat Cheese Salad
Decadent White Lasagna
Apricots with Fresh Ricotta and Mint

Holiday Casual Lunch

Flutes of Sparkling Wine with whole cranberry garnish to start
Fig Almond Cheese Nibbles
Tomato Basil Soup with Creme Fraiche Dollop
Holiday Chicken Cranberry Pecan Salad Sandwich with Potato Chips
Strawberry Almond Tart
Glasses of Mineral Water or Simple Iced Tea – Made With Sunshine

Celebratory Dinner

Flutes of Champagne
Hubby’s Chicken Liver Pate with Toasted Baguette Slices
Caesar Salad with Hubby’s Caesar Dressing and Homemade Croutons
Smoked Chicken Crepes with Spinach and Shallots
Glasses of White Bordeaux Wine
Nutella Napoleons

Steakhouse Night

Truffled Foie Gras Mousse Stuffed Dates
Caesar Salad
Steak au Poivre
Garlicky Creamed Spinach and Arugula
Truffled Mashed Potatoes
Glasses of Red Bordeaux Wine
Blueberry Crumble Pie with Vanilla Ice Cream

Casual Saturday Dinner

Mini-toasts with Roast Beef, Horseradish Sauce, Grape Tomato Slices, and Chopped Chives
Roasted Chicken Breasts with Herbs de Provence
Roasted Vegetables
Truffled Mashed Potatoes
Glasses of Chardonnay Wine
Chocolate Chip Brownies

Winter Holiday Dinner

Glasses of Port Wine and nibbles of Cinnamon Pecans to start
Marcia’s Curried Fresh Mushroom Soup
Baked Lemon Sole Stuffed with Vegetables and Goat Cheese
Glasses of Cotes du Rhone or Chardonnay Wine
Strawberry Almond Tart
Chocolate Almond Martinis
Coffee and Tea

Winter Midday Brunch

Flutes of Mimosas (Sparkling White Wine and Orange Juice)
Smoked Whitefish Mini-Toasts
Fresh Fruit Platter
Brown Sugar Ham and Swiss Quiche
Coffee, Tea and Decadent Hot Chocolate

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Flutes of Champagne
Simple Smoked Salmon Spread on Bite-sized Pumpernickel Squares
Stuffed Mushroom Caps with Brie, Ham and Dried Cranberries
Pretty Pear Salad with Goat Cheese and Cinnamon Pecans
Dad’s Chicken Napoleon with Honey Carrots and Wild Rice
Bottle of White Bordeaux Wine
Very Berry Crumble with Vanilla Ice Cream

Elegant Summer Brunch

Chilled Grilled Peach Salad with Baby Arugula drizzled with Balsamic Vinegar Syrup
Smoked Salmon Scrambled Eggs
Toasted English Muffins and Warm Biscuits with Butter and Homemade Strawberry Jam
Coffee, Tea and Fruit Juices

Salad Night

His and Hers Steak Salads (His with Tarragon Balsamic Vinaigrette and Hers with The Food Lover’s Favorite Bleu Cheese Dressing)
Glasses of Red Bordeaux Wine

Date Night Dinner

Winter Pear Martinis
Elegant Smoked Salmon and Creme Fraiche on Endive Spears
Granny Smith Apple Chopped Salad with Goat Cheese and Toasted Pecans
Baked Stuffed Pork Chops with Fresh Sage
Super Sinful Potatoes Au Gratin
Glasses of Red Burgundy Wine
Nutella Napoleons

Sandwich Night

Delaware House Ham and Cheese Sandwich
Potato Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing
Patriotic Berry Parfait
Bottled Sodas or Mineral Water

Just Brunch With Friends

Flutes of Mimosas (Champagne and Orange Juice)
Broccoli, Ham and Smoked Gouda Quiche
Minty Fruit Salad
Coffee and Tea

Sunday Breakfast

My Favorite French Toast with Crispy Bacon
Fresh Fruit Platter
Coffee and Tea

Mom’s Favorite Dinner

Deviled Eggs – Mom-Style
Colorful Chopped Salad with Garden Vegetables
Mom’s Stuffed Bell Peppers
Easy Mashed Potatoes
Strawberry Almond Tart
Pitcher of Simple Iced Tea – Made With Sunshine

Summer Peach Paradise Dinner

White Peach Cosmopolitan Martini
Peach Pistachio Ricotta Toasts
Smoked Duck Salad with Grilled Peaches
Zesty Cucumber Pineapple Peach Salsa over vanilla ice cream or frozen yogurt
Mini Cucumber Peach Mint Smoothie with your favorite cookies

Tex Mex Menu Ideas — a whole slew of recipes you can pick and choose to add to your celebration

Tex Mex Buffet and Taco Bar

Chili Bar

Pizza Topping Bar

Build Your Own Ultimate Nachos Bar


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