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Menu Plan for the week of August 9, 2013: Friday's Recipes

Tomato Salad with Goat Cheese
Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce
Quinoa and Green Bean Salad

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     The tomato I used was a huge, orange, beefsteak type.  One was plenty for two. Avocados keep well in the fridge, pit removed, cut side down, on a plate. If keeping longer than 1 day, brush cut side with lemon and wrap in cling film before putting cut side down. I had black quinoa, but tan or red is fine.

Tomato Salad with Chevre (Goat Cheese)

Total time: 10 minutes 
   Make this with regular or cherry tomatoes, preferably ripened in a sunny garden.  I used a bright orange type, similar to beefsteak.

Tomato Salad with Chevre Ingredients:


Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes
   With the sweet scallops and creamy avocado, this is a rich dish.... I served fewer scallops than usual.  Use a grill pan or basket for easy handling and be careful not to overcook.

Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce Ingredients:


Green Bean and Quinoa Salad

Total time: 20 minutes
     Quinoa is very high in protein and "contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food" according to Wikipedia. Combine with green beans and a light vinaigrette for a healthy salad.  You could substitute Basmati or Jasmine rice.

Green Bean and Quinoa Salad Ingredients:


Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, whisk, 3 medium bowls, blender,
small saucepan with lid, medium saucepan, strainer,
barbecue grill and basket / mat or large skillet

Make marinade for scallops
Add scallops, stir, set aside
Cook quinoa
Heat water for beans
Top and tail beans
Chop green pepper
Blanch beans
Make vinaigrette
Drain beans, rinse well, drain

Snip all herbs
Make Avocado Sauce
Chop / cut all tomatoes
Put quinoa in bowl, add beans, pepper, stir
Add basil, tomato wedges, vinaigrette, stir, set aside
Turn on / light barbecue grill if using
Put tomato chunks into bowl
Add herbs, oil, vinegar to tomatoes, stir
Slice goat cheese, add to tomatoes, stir gently
Spoon Tomato Salad onto plates, serve
Cook scallops
Spoon Avocado Sauce onto plates
Arrange scallops on Avocado Sauce
Stir Quinoa Salad, serve all

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