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Menu Plan for Winter I: Week 11, Day 2

Braised Pork Loin with Red Wine and Olives
Mashed Potatoes with Leeks
Broccoli with Mustard Sauce

Cooking time:  90 minutes (45 minute break) for menu       Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      Start the pork and let it cook while you do something else...  It even could be made ahead and reheated.  An easy dinner for Saturday night. Have leftover pork for lunch - or get a smaller roast.

Braised Pork Loin with Red Wine and Olives

Total time: 1 hour 30 minutes
      Braising pork makes the meat incredibly tender; the red wine and olives give it a bit of Mediterranean flavor. This will serve four or be enough for two meals.

Braised Pork Loin with Red Wine and Olives Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Mashed Potatoes with Leeks

Total time: 30 minutes
       I always make enough to use in another meal - patties, or Shepherd's Pie, or something....

Mashed Potatoes with Leeks Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Broccoli with Mustard Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
    Like some other cruciferous vegetables (Brussels Sprouts) broccoli is best if not overcooked.  The light, lemony mustard sauce will make this vegetable a favorite.

Broccoli with Mustard Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 90 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium saucepan, small skillet with lid, medium
saucepan with steamer basket and lid, Dutch oven
with lid, foil

Slice shallots, chop garlic, sauté
Remove shallots, garlic, add pork, brown
Add wine, scrape up the brown bits
Add remaining wine, herbs, tomato, cover, simmer
    50 minute break
Peel, quarter potatoes, cook

Cut broccoli, start to steam
Mince garlic
Clean, slice leek, sauté
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Add milk to leeks, keep warm
Remove pork, keep warm
Remove herbs, add olives to sauce, boil
Drain potatoes, mash, add leeks, finish
Remove broccoli, drain pan
Sauté garlic, add mustard, lemon, stock
Add broccoli, heat through
Thicken sauce, spoon over pork, serve

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