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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 1, Thursday

Spicy Barbecued Burgers
Barley with Feta and Greek Olives
Sweet Sour Carrot Coins

Cooking time:  25 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

            Summer is Burger Season!  We normally don't bother with buns - unnecessary calories in plain white bread... Which we can't get here ;-))  I do try to make a variety of burgers over the season.  Substitute ground turkey if you like.

Spicy Barbecued Burgers

Total time: 20 minutes
        Slightly spicy burgers, topped with a ketchup based sauce.  Serve with or without buns, pickles and onions. They have enough flavor to stand alone.  If cooking on the barbecue grill, a grill basket or mat makes it easier.

Spicy Barbecued Burgers Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Barley with Feta, Greek Olives and Browned Shallots

Total time: 25 minutes
     Barley is a healthy alternative to rice.  With the feta, shallots and olives, this is a flavorful side dish.

Barley with Feta, Greek Olives and Browned Shallots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sweet Sour Carrot Coins

Total time: 20 minutes
     Sliced thinly and cooked in a sweet and sour glaze, these luscious carrots complement any meal.

Sweet Sour Carrot Coins Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 25 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large bowl, small bowl, basting brush or spoon,
small saucepan, lid, medium skillet, small skillet,
lid, barbecue grill or skillet
Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Cook barley
Slice onion, sauté
Slice carrots
Heat stock, vinegar, sugar, butter

Add carrots, cover, simmer
Mix ingredients for burgers
Add beef, mix, patty
Mix ketchup, Worcestershire
Cook burgers
Mind onions
Turn burgers, baste
Uncover carrots, cook off liquid
Pit, chop olives
Finish barley
Remove burgers, serve