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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 3, Monday

Grilled Honey Mustard Pork Chops
Oriental Pasta Salad

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

     The Pasta Salad will be for 2 nights, and the Asian-influenced vinaigrette stays sharp for the leftovers.

Grilled Honey Mustard Pork Chops 

Total time: 30 minutes
   The heat of a good Dijon-style mustard is nicely tempered with the sweetness of honey.  I use the grocery store honey that comes in a squeeze bottle for marinades rather than the single-flower artisan honey that I like on my bread.

Grilled Honey Mustard Pork Chops Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  If you cook it too long pork tends to be dry - unless you cook it really, really long - but that's winter cooking ... this is summer.

Oriental Pasta Salad 

Total time: 25 minutes 
   This is a salad that is full of flavors, keeps well, is low in fat and high in nutrition.  And it's a hit with everyone that tries it!  What more can we want? This makes enough for 2 meals.  We cook the beans with the pasta.....

Oriental Pasta Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  This salad keeps well 3 - 4 days.

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl (used 2X), whisk, dish to marinate,
medium bowl, pot, colander for pasta, barbecue
grill, tools
Put water on high heat for pasta
Make marinade, spoon over chops
Light/turn on barbecue grill
Trim, cut green beans
Snip herbs
Make vinaigrette

Cut tomatoes
Drain, rinse red beans
     Stand around waiting for water to boil
Cook pasta
Cook chops
Put beans, tomatoes, herbs, vinaigrette in bowl, stir
Add green beans to pasta, cook
Turn chops
Drain pasta/beans, rinse lightly, drain, add to bowl
Remove chops
Stir pasta salad well
Serve