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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 8, Day 1

Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce
Barley with Chives
Lentils Provençal

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       You can substitute shrimp or any firm white fish for the scallops.  Any leftover Avocado Sauce is great as a dip or sandwich spread. Half of the lentils will be used on Monday.

Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes
   With the sweet scallops and creamy avocado, this is a rich dish.... I served fewer scallops than usual.  Use a grill pan or basket for easy handling and be careful not to overcook.

Grilled Scallops on Avocado Sauce Ingredients:

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Barley with Chives

Total time: 20 minutes 
   Barley is not just for soup!  It's a hearty, nutritious grain; easy to cook and flavorful.  I get the quick-cooking barley which takes about 15 minutes.  Cooked in chicken stock and finished with a bit of oil and fresh herbs, it's chewy texture is a fun change from rice or pasta.

Barley with Chives Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Lentils Provençal

Total time: 45 minutes  
     I use the tiny, green lentils de Puy, but you can use the larger brown or tan lentils. Do not use the red ones, they get too mushy. With the shallots, garlic, olives and mustard it's reminiscent of long, slow lunches in Provence. 

Lentils Provençal Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl, medium skillet, 2 small
saucepans with lids, blender, BBQ grill, basket, mat
or pan or large skillet

Light barbecue if using charcoal
Pick over lentils, rinse, start to cook
Snip all herbs
Chop shallot, mince garlic
Pit olives if needed
Mind the lentils
Squeeze lime
Make Avocado Sauce

Start to cook barley
Sauté shallots, garlic
Mix cumin, lime, oil
Add scallops, stir, set aside
Turn on barbecue if using gas
     Pause while lentils and barley cook
Cook scallops
Drain lentils, refrigerate half
Add other half of lentils to shallots with parsley
Turn scallops
Add mustard to lentils, finish
Add chives, basil to barley and finish
Spoon Avocado Sauce on plates, add scallops
Serve all and enjoy!