Main Course Menu Plan: Week 7  Fall I

Day 1: Shrimp (Prawns) in Garlic Butter over Pasta

Total time: 25 minutes
      This is a variation on Scampi, Shrimp in Garlic Butter. The lemon juice and white wine extend the sauce without using quite so much butter and the Prosciutto is a sweet/salty counterpoint to the shrimp, balancing the flavors nicely. Sprinkle with fresh Parmesan or not...  You can use frozen, raw shrimp or pre-cooked for this.

Shrimp (Prawns) in Garlic Butter over Pasta Ingredients:


Note: the photo was taken before I added the cheese - the shrimp and ham showed up better.....

Day 2: Beef Braised in Guinness

Total time: 80 minutes
  A classic for St. Patrick's Day but a great cold-weather dish anytime. Slow braising makes the beef meltingly tender and the beer adds a robust flavor.  Serve with 'Jacket Potatoes': potatoes baked in their skin and a staple in Ireland.  This makes enough for 4 or 2 meals for 2.  

Beef Braised in Guinness Ingredients:


Day 3: Chicken Mushroom Chowder

Total time: 35 minutes
    I used chicken breasts, but thighs would work as well. Either way, used skinned chicken to save on fat and calories. Because everything is sautéed briefly this is a quick-cooking soup; because it's a chowder, it's very thick. Add more stock or milk if you prefer it thinner.  This is enough for 2 meals or 4 persons.

Chicken Mushroom Chowder Ingredients:


Day 4: Chicken and Mushroom Chowder 'Vesuvius'  

Total time: 15 minutes
If one can put an egg on pizza, why not add one to soup?  A poached egg nestled in the center of the chowder adds interest, flavor and a bit more protein to stretch the leftovers.  Plus, it's delicious!

Chicken and Mushroom Chowder with egg Ingredients:


Day 5:  Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Total time: 35 minutes
      Pork chops get fork-tender in no time when gently braised.   I prefer thinner, boneless chops for this spicy/sweet honey mustard sauce. They stay tender and moist, and the reduced sauce makes this a lovely main course.

Honey Mustard Pork Chops Ingredients:


Day 6: Chicken Paprikas over Pasta

Total time: 35 minutes
     A classic Hungarian dish, modified for a quick, mid-week dinner: fragrant with lots of sweet paprika, tomatoes and peppers and using quick-cooking chicken breasts rather than a whole chicken.  You can add a few hotter peppers for more bite....

Chicken Paprikas over Pasta Ingredients:


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