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Menu Plan for the week of June 21, 2013:  Saturday's Recipes

Chilled Courgette (Zucchini) Soup
Grilled Lamb Chops with Dijon-Basil Butter
Grilled Pepper Pasta Salad

Cooking time:  35 minutes for menu     Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        Make the soup earlier in the day to chill properly - if not possible, serve warm. Do the peppers before the chops. Easy summer dinner chock-a-block with flavor.

Zucchini (Courgette) Soup

Total time: 30 minutes
    This is a simple recipe, but delicious. You could chop some olives to sprinkle on top, snip fresh chives or even a dab of pesto on top of the yogurt! Don't peel the zucchini, it's healthier and gives the soup a nice color! 

Zucchini (Courgette) Soup Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Lamb Chops with Dijon-Basil Butter 

Total time: 20 minutes 
    A bit of mustard-basil butter finishes off the lamb, melting over the top as you serve.

Lamb Chops with Dijon-Basil Butter Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled Pepper Pasta Salad

Total time: 25 minutes
   
Grilling peppers and onions adds a layer of sweetness not found with simple frying.  If you don't do them on the grill, roast them on a baking sheet in a 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes, stirring once.  They should be just slightly crispy around the edges in spots when done.

Grilled Pepper Pasta Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium saucepan, lid, blender, small bowl (used 2 X),
whisk, dish for marinating, pot and colander for pasta,
grill pan for peppers/onions or baking sheet,

barbecue grill and tools, large salad bowl

Earlier in the day if possible (not necessary)
Chop onion for soup, sauté
Cut zucchini for soup
Add zucchini, some stock to onion, cover, simmer
      15 minutes later:
Purée soup, adding stock as needed
Snip thyme, stir into soup, chill
Dinner time:
Put water on high heat for pasta
Turn on/light barbecue grill  (or oven- 400F, 200C)
Mince garlic, basil
Make Dijon-Basil Butter, chill

Mix marinade, brush on chops
Slice peppers, onions
Mix oil, vinegar, add peppers, onions, mix
Put peppers and onions in pan, start to grill/roast
Start to cook pasta
Get soup from fridge, add cold stock if needed
Snip basil, slice celery, cut olives
Mind the peppers, onions, remove when done
Make vinaigrette
Ladle soup into bowls, add yogurt
Drain pasta, rinse, drain again
Put pasta and all salad ingredients into a large bowl
Add vinaigrette, toss well
Serve soup
Done?
Start to cook chops
Turn chops
Remove chops
Serve