Main Course Menu Plan: Week 3  Winter I

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Day 1: Pasta with Turkey, Peas and Leeks

Total time: 30 minutes 
   Frozen peas are another under-used vegetable.  They are hard to find fresh and, for peas, frozen is better, anyway.  The leeks add a mild onion flavor to the pasta and a sprinkle of shredded cheese finishes it.

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Day 2: Mustard Fried Chicken Breasts

Total time: 30 minutes
   I don't remember where the original recipe came from but I've been making these for years.  The crust is light, yet crisp and the chicken tender; the mustard adding just a hint of flavor.  I use the Parmesan in a can for this rather than freshly grated - it's drier and works better for the coating..

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Day 3: Pasta with Sausage, Sage and Beans

Total time: 25 minutes 
     An easy skillet dinner, with lots of flavor from the sage and sausage. Sautéing the chili powder releases more flavor. If you like it hot, use hot Italian sausages, add some hot peppers or Tabasco.   It's a very flexible dish....

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Day 4: Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce

Total time: 40 minutes
    Cooking time can vary depending on the size of the roast.  A meat thermometer is best.  Start checking after 20 minutes for a small roast and 30 for a larger one. Remember it will cook a bit more once off the heat.

Beef Tenderloin with Red Wine Sauce Ingredients:

Beef Tenderloin Instructions:

Day 5:  Roast Ham with Mustard Sauce

Total time: 1 hour 45 minutes 
      A fully cooked ham should be baked to an internal temp of 140F (60C), about 20 minutes per lb. A ham that must be cooked should reach an internal temp of 150F (65C), 35 minutes per lb. for small hams and 22 minutes for larger (over 5 lbs) hams.  All times assume a 325F (165C) oven.

Roast Ham Ingredients:


Mustard Sauce

  Time: 10 minutes
    A timeless tradition in my large, extended family.  The original recipe came from "The Anderson House", a small family run hotel in my home town. For some, it's the only reason to have ham!  Can be made ahead.

Roast Ham with Mustard Sauce Ingredients:


Note:  if you don't have a double boiler, put a metal bowl on a saucepan partially filled with water.  The bottom of the bowl should not touch the water.

Day 6: Ham and Spinach Quiche

Total time: 65 minutes 
    The rice makes a lovely crust, much healthier than the traditional pastry... and easier too, especially if you cook the rice earlier.  Use either brown or basmati rice.

Ham and Spinach Quiche Ingredients:


Note:  I usually put the quiche dish on a baking sheet to make it easier to handle – it gets kind of full.

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