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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 3, Wednesday

Pork Tenderloin with Lemon and Capers
Lemon and Mint Basmati Rice
Cauliflower with Lemon

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

      This dinner has a Lemon theme complimenting the flavors of each dish. We're using the first herbs of spring from the garden - if you're lucky enough to have them coming up.

Pork Tenderloin with Lemon and Capers

Total time: 35 minutes
     Pork tenderloin lends itself to a variety of treatments; it's lean, cooks fast and stays moist and tender.  I can get them under a lb which is perfect for us.  You could substitute boneless pork chops if you like. 

Pork Tenderloin with Lemon and Capers Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Lemon and Mint Basmati Rice

Total time: 20 minutes
   The lemon and herbs combine to make a very refreshing, light rice side dish. Only use the mint if it's fresh, dry is too strong.  If you don't have fresh mint use thyme.

Lemon and Mint Basmati Rice Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cauliflower with Lemon

Total time: 25 minutes 
    Olive oil and lemon make a fresh-tasting finish to vegetables, almost like a light vinaigrette.  Finish with lots of black pepper if you like.

Cauliflower with Lemon Ingredients:     

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet with lid, small saucepan with lid,
medium saucepan with steamer basket and lid,
scissors

Slice 1 lemon, remove pips
Get 1 tsp zest from other lemon, juice lemon
Slice shallot, mince garlic, sauté
Slice pork
Cut cauliflower
Sauté pork
Steam cauliflower
Sauté rice
Turn pork

Add stock, dried herbs to rice, cover, simmer
Add capers, stock, wine, tarragon to pork
Add lemon slices, cover, simmer
    Pause while stuff cooks
Snip fresh herbs
Dissolve cornstarch in stock
Remove cauliflower, drain water
Add oil, lemon, herbs to pan for cauliflower, heat
Add fresh herbs, lemon zest to rice, finish
Remove pork, lemon to platter
Increase heat under sauce
Toss cauliflower with lemon, herbs
Add cornstarch to skillet, thicken
Spoon caper sauce around pork
Serve