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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 5, Friday

Classic Caesar Salad
Grilled Trout with Lemon Thyme and Lemon
Couscous Salad
Summer Squash with Bacon

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

       I love the lemon thyme in my garden, but regular thyme will work just as well with the fish.

Classic Caesar Salad  

Total time: 15 minutes   plus 5 minutes earlier 
     This is the hub's specialty....  From the Joy of Cooking. He has left out the raw egg on occasion, and it worked fine without it.  Anchovies are classic  - but it's still good without them, as well. If you use the raw egg, it's easiest to use your hands to mix the salad.

Classic Caesar Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled Trout with Lemon Thyme and Lemon

Total time: 25 minutes  
    If you have a basket for the fish it will hold them together nicely.  If not, tie them with kitchen string.  

Grilled Trout with Lemon Thyme and Lemon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: I skinned each fish and took out the back bone, lemons and thyme before serving but it also makes a nice presentation served whole.

Couscous Salad 

Total time: 15 minutes
    Couscous does not have to be dry and boring.  It also doesn't need cooking which makes it the perfect fast food.  Heat the stock, do a bit of chopping and you're done! Plus it's a dish that can help clean out the fridge.

Couscous Salad  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Summer Squash (Courgette) with Bacon

Total time: 20 minutes
     A bit of salty bacon and sweet red onion adds big flavor to simply sautéed summer squash.

Summer Squash (Courgette) with Bacon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl with lid, small saucepan with
lid, medium skillet with lid, BBQ grill, basket or mat,
small skillet, salad bowl

Earlier in the day:
Peel garlic, cut in half
Add garlic to oil, cover, set aside
Dinner:
Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Slice lemon
Prepare fish, stuff with lemon, thyme
Put fish in basket or tie securely, set aside
Snip chives
Cut tomatoes
Chop celery
Put couscous in bowl
Make vinaigrette for couscous
Slice squash
Chop red onion
Prepare lettuce
Sauté croutons

Heat stock for couscous
Sauté bacon
Mind the croutons, remove, drain
Mix anchovies, mustard, et all in salad bowl
Add lemon, Parmesan to bowl, mix
Mind bacon
Add Romaine to bowl, mix
Add croutons to salad, mix
Add egg, if using, mix very well
Remove bacon, drain fat, add red onion, take off heat
Pour stock over couscous, cover
Put fish on barbecue
Serve salad, relax....
   Interrupt yourself to check fish, turn
Done? 
Mind the fish
Put onion back on heat
Add squash to onion, cook
Remove fish when done
Finish couscous
Crumble bacon, add to squash, finish
Tend to the fish
Serve