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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 2, Tuesday

Meat Loaf Parmesan
Quinoa
Roasted Acorn Squash Slices

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

     The first of our winter squashes, it cooks much faster sliced into wedges than simply cut in half.

Meat Loaf Parmesan   

Total time: 25 minutes
    Leftovers are wonderful, particularly when you can serve them in a totally different way.  The chunky tomato sauce and freshly grated Parmesan take the humble meat loaf to a new gastronomic level. Be a bit careful serving so the slices stay together.

Meat Loaf Parmesan Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Quinoa

Total time: 20 minutes
    Quinoa is very high in protein and "contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food" according to Wikipedia.  It's also easy to cook and tasty - what more could we want? You can substitute Basmati or Jasmine rice.

Red Quinoa Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: Quinoa comes in black, red and tan.....  At least that's all I've found to date...

Roasted Acorn Squash Slices

Total time: 45 minutes
     Roasting winter squashes concentrates their natural sweetness and all you need to finish is a bit of salt and pepper.... or you can smear on butter.

Roasted Acorn Squash Slices Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 40 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet, small saucepan, lid, baking sheet, foil

Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Cut squash in half, clean out seeds
Cut squash into slices
Mix rosemary, oil, add squash, toss to coat
Lay squash on baking sheet, cover with foil, bake
Chop onion
Mince garlic
Sauté chili powder

Add onion, garlic, sauté
Drain, chop tomatoes
Add tomatoes, etc, to skillet, cover, simmer
Start to cook quinoa
Slice meat loaf

     Pause while stuff cooks
Add meat loaf to skillet
Uncover squash, turn, bake

      Another pause
Sprinkle meat loaf with cheeses, cover until melted
Remove squash, fluff quinoa
Serve

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