Main Course Menu Plan: Week 10  Winter I

Day 1: Pan-Seared Tuna with Capers

Total time: 15 minutes 
     This is best with good sushi-grade tuna that is quickly seared on both sides and cool or just barely warm in the center.  If you get regular tuna you will need to cook it until it is closer to medium - well. Ask your fish monger (I love that word)... or the guy behind the counter.

Pan-Seared Tuna with Capers Ingredients:


Day 2: Pan-Fried Lamb Chops with Garlic

Total time: 10 minutes 
      Simple.  Sprinkle some seasonings on some chops and fry.    You can substitute Pork Chops, if you prefer, just cook a bit longer, although even pork can be faintly pink inside...

Pan-Fried Lamb Chops with Garlic Ingredients:


Day 3: Potato Soup

Total time: 60 minutes    
     A soup with as many variations as there are cooks:  some like it puréed, some thicken it with flour; some like it thick, some thin; some use carrots, some wouldn't think of it.   This is mine.... at least, today's version.

Potato Soup Ingredients:


Note:  You could substitute cream for some or all of the milk for a richer soup.

Day 4: Turkey with Sherry and Prosciutto

Total time: 25 minutes
   Any cut of turkey breast will work for this. Or you could use chicken breast.  Amontillado is a semi-dry sherry, between 'fino' and 'cream'.  Use any sherry you have on hand.

Turkey with Sherry and Prosciutto Ingredients:


Day 5:  Meatballs in Tomato Ricotta Sauce, Cannellini, Pasta

Total time: 30 minutes
     Almost a skillet dinner - the meatballs are cooked in the sauce but the pasta is cooked separately.  The ricotta is stirred into the sauce making it creamy - if a bit pale.

Meatballs in Tomato Ricotta Sauce, Cannellini, Pasta Ingredients:


Day 6: Chicken and Ricotta Enchiladas

Total time: 35 minutes  
   Using ricotta (app. 135 calories per 100 grams v 400 for cheddar) makes a lighter enchilada with a luscious, creamy center. With a bit of sharply-flavored Parmesan on top you won't notice that it's 'lighter'.

Chicken and Ricotta Enchiladas Ingredients:


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