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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 1, Friday

Bean and Celery Salad
Roasted Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese

Cooking time:  40 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      We'll use the other half of the Red Pepper Sauce on Saturday.  Since the salad is a large serving of vegetables, I didn't do another for a side dish - and the Mac and Cheese is rather filling.  Add some sautéed spinach is you like.

Bean and Celery Salad

Total time: 15 minutes
    I originally made this salad with frozen Lima Beans, which are not available here.  Now I use flageolet, which may not be available where you live.  Use lima beans, white kidney beans (cannellini), smaller, navy beans or even edamame.... All drained, rinsed and drained again.

Bean and Celery Salad  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes 
    The slightly spicy red pepper sauce is a nice contrast to the sweet salmon.  Save remaining Red Pepper Sauce for another use.

Roasted Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  For easy clean up cover pan with foil first.  This is especially nice if you are using fillets with the skin on.  You can carefully lift the salmon off the skin to serve, leaving the skin on the foil.  Then wrap the whole mess up and toss. 

Macaroni and Cheese

Total time: 25 minutes
   In my youth, Mac and Cheese came from a box and was very yellow.  This is not a fancy, adult version made with 6 different cheeses - although you could.... Use any cheese you like, just make certain it's one that melts and doesn't turn to string. To find out more:  The Rules of Melting Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 40 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepan, lid, blender, medium saucepan,
baking dish, baking sheet, foil, pot and colander for
pasta, small bowl, whisk, grater
Turn oven on, 400F (200C), arrange 2 shelves
Put water on high heat for pasta
Chop onion, pepper
Mince garlic
Sauté onion, pepper, garlic, chili powder
Open, drain, rinse beans  or cook if frozen
Slice celery
Chop olives
Add stock, vinegar to pepper, cover, simmer
Make vinaigrette
Add vinaigrette to beans, celery, olives, set aside
Prepare salmon; line baking sheet with foil if using

Purée red pepper sauce
Add yogurt, stir well
Remove 1/3 sauce, spoon onto salmon
Refrigerate remaining sauce
Shred cheese
Start to cook pasta
Melt butter for Béchamel sauce
Whisk in flour
Slowly add milk, whisking
When hot and thick, stir in cheese
When cheese melts, cover, set aside
Bake salmon
When pasta is done, drain, put into baking dish
Add Béchamel to pasta, stir, pepper, cover
Stir salad, divide, spoon onto 2 plates
Bake pasta
Done?
Serve salmon, pasta