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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 4, Thursday

Balsamic Glazed Turkey Cutlets, Grilled
Brown Rice Pilaf Salad

Cooking time:  20 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

    Light the grill, make the marinade, assemble the Salad (no cooking required) and cook the turkey. You could probably do it in under 20 minutes...  but why rush?

Balsamic Glazed Turkey Cutlets

Total time: 25 minutes
    Turkey cutlets are an economical and flavorful meat, cut from the turkey breast, and can be used in place of, more expensive, veal scallops.  They should be about 1/4 inch (.6cm) thick.  Because they are so thin they take well to marinades and cook quickly, without a chance of drying out.  They can be quite large; cut to a more manageable size.  If you are unable to find them, and don't have an accommodating butcher to cut them for you, use chicken breasts or buy turkey tenderloin and slice it yourself with a sharp knife.

Balsamic Glazed Turkey Cutlets Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Rice Pilaf Salad

Total time: 15 minutes
   Part of what cooking in summer is all about is making things easy.  Cooking extra Rice Pilaf to use to make a salad is a perfect example.  All that's needed is more vegetables and a light vinaigrette to make a great summer salad!  Any leftover salad makes a lovely lunch.  This dressing is similar to Ranch, but with far fewer calories and all natural ingredients.

Rice Pilaf Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: The Creamy Herb Dressing will keep a week.... And makes a great dip for raw veggies.

Cooking Schedule: 20 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl (used 2X), whisk, medium
bowl, marinating dish, barbecue grill / large skillet

Turn on/light barbecue grill
Make marinade, spoon over turkey
Get leftover rice from fridge, put into bowl
Drain, rinse beans, add to rice

Slice tomatoes, add to rice
Snip basil, add to rice
Make the dressing
Add half the dressing, taste, adjust
Start to cook turkey
   Tidy up the kitchen
Turn the turkey
   Enjoy the evening
Remove the turkey... Serve