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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 1, Thursday

Grilled Pork Chops Teriyaki
Barley Pilaf
Oriental Zucchini (Courgette)

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

        I try to incorporate a variety of grains into our diet. Quick-cooking barley is easy, healthy and hearty.  The grains stay separate, and somewhat dry, making it great for pilafs.  If you don't have any Teriyaki marinade you can use a 1:1 soy sauce / orange marmalade or juice mix.

Grilled Teriyaki Pork Chops  

Total time: 25 minutes
                Sometimes we just have to be easy... And it's not easy to duplicate a bottled Teriyaki sauce!

Grilled Teriyaki Pork Chops Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Barley Pilaf

Total time: 25 minutes
   Barley is a hearty, nutritious grain; easy to cook and flavorful.  I get the quick-cooking barley which takes 15 minutes.  Here it's cooked in chicken stock with sautéed carrots and onion; a pretty, flavorful side dish.

Barley Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Oriental Zucchini (Courgette)   

Total time: 25 minutes
   Thinly slice the zucchini using a box slicer, mandolin, or food processor.  Sauté quickly, until just starting to get soft but stop while they still retain their shape.  Finish with toasted sesame seeds.

Oriental Zucchini (Courgette) Ingredients:  

 Instructions:

Note:  To toast sesame seeds put into a bare, nonstick skillet over medium heat and brown, tossing/stirring frequently.  It takes 8 - 15 minutes depending on heat and size of pan. 

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, small saucepan with lid, skillet for
toasting sesame seeds if needed, dish for
marinating, barbecue grill or large skillet

Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Pour marinade over pork chops
Toast sesame seeds, if needed
Slice 1/2 onion, chop 1/2 onion
Mince garlic, ginger
Slice zucchini
Chop carrot

Sauté chopped onion, carrot for barley
Add barley, stock, soy, sherry to pan, cover, simmer
Sauté onion for zucchini
Start to cook pork chops
Add garlic, ginger, soy to onions
Add zucchini to skillet
Turn chops
Snip basil
Stir zucchini
Mind the barley, finish when done
Remove chops
Finish zucchini
Serve