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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 13, Friday

Quesadilla with Caramelized Shallots
Sesame-Crusted Salmon
Oriental Orzo
Stir-Fried Broccoli

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

       The quesadilla is not a traditional starter for an Asian meal... So this is an eclectic, multi-cultural dinner.  When I buy tortillas, it takes several meals to use them all... Wrap in film and refrigerate, we'll be using them.  The salmon, orzo and broccoli are all quick and easy, with the work done while the quesadilla bakes.

Quesadilla with Caramelized Shallots

Total time: 35 minutes
    Traditional quesadillas consist of something cheesy between two corn tortillas, eaten with fingers like a sandwich.  This is a 'knife and fork' version, half per person...

Quesadilla with Caramelized Shallots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sesame-Crusted Salmon

Total time: 20 minutes
 The sesame crust adds just the right amount of crunch to these flavorful salmon filets; roasting keeps the crust nicely in place.

Sesame-Crusted Salmon Ingredients:

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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.

Oriental Orzo

Total time: 25 minutes
   This is so easy to make, put everything in the pan and cook, yet the flavors are complex and pair well with roasted salmon or chicken with an Asian flavor.

Oriental Orzo Ingredients:

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Stir-Fried Broccoli

Total time: 15 minutes
     Broccoli is often included in with beef or chicken in stir-fries, but it's excellent stir-fried on it's own as a side dish, as well.  Plus it's bright green color looks lovely on the plate.

Stir-Fried Broccoli Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
whisk, small bowl, 2 baking sheets, small saucepan,
medium skillet with lid (used 2 X)
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Slice shallots
Put shallots, water in skillet, cover, cook
Cut ham
Shred cheese if needed
Uncover shallots, sauté
Mix soy, oil, ginger, sugar for salmon, set aside
Trim, cut broccoli
Mince garlic
Put salmon on baking sheet - lined with foil
Spoon glaze on salmon
Add sesame seeds to salmon, press lightly, set aside

Mind the shallots
Put tortilla on baking sheet
Add shallots, ham, cheese, herbs
Bake quesadilla
Put orzo, sugar, soy, stock in pan, boil, reduce heat
Stir-fry broccoli, garlic
Remove skillet from heat, remove broccoli from skillet
Remove quesadilla
Bake salmon
Cut quesadilla, serve
Done?
Heat skillet for broccoli, medium-high heat
Mind the orzo, turn off, finish if done
Add soy, ginger, stock, broccoli, cover, simmer
Remove salmon, put on platter or plates
Finish broccoli
Finish orzo, serve