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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 11, Sunday

Grilled Pork Chops
Brown Rice Pilaf
Grilled Peppers and Onions

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

     We're making extra Rice Pilaf tonight to use in the Rice Pilaf Salad on Wednesday. I like to grill a few peppers and onions as a side dish in summer with pork chops, burgers, sausages.

Grilled Pork Chops 

Total time: 30 minutes
    This is a simple marinade that works well with chicken and beef, too.  The chops marinate in the time it takes to get the grill ready.

Grilled Pork Chops Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Brown Rice Pilaf

Total time: 30 minutes   
      I use Uncle Ben's Brown Rice which looks like brown Basmati and cooks quickly, in about 15 minutes.  If you can't find a quick cooking brown rice and don't want to wait for the traditional to cook in 40 minutes (or so) you can substitute white Basmati which also cooks in about 15 minutes.  Look for the brown, though, better flavor and more nutrition.  This recipe plans on making the Brown Rice Pilaf Salad with the leftover rice pilaf.

Brown Rice Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  There should be about half leftover for Rice Pilaf Salad.   If you don't want the leftovers, reduce:

Grilled Peppers and Onions

Total time: 20 minutes
    A simple side dish that pairs well with grilled meats.  You can vary the ingredients according to the rest of the meal: adding paprika, garlic, dried herbs, using vinegar, lemon or Worcestershire or soy sauce; adding ketchup or mustard... Very flexible.

Grilled Peppers and Onions Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, medium bowl, dish for marinating,
medium saucepan with lid, barbecue grill and tools,
grill pan or large skillet
Light/turn on grill if using
In small bowl mix marinade for chops
Put chops in dish, pour marinade over, set aside
Finely chop onion, pepper, carrot
Put all ingredients for rice, not herbs, in pan
Cover, cook

Grill chops
Slice peppers, onion
Combine peppers, onion, soy sauce, oil
Put peppers, onion in grill pan, grill
Turn chops
Mind the rice
    Pause while stuff cooks
Snip herbs
Fluff rice, add herbs, reserve 1/3 - 1/2 for later
Mind peppers, onions, remove when done
Remove chops
Serve