Main Course Menu Plan: Week 5  Spring II

Day 1: Shrimp (Prawns) Persillade over Pasta

Total time: 25 minutes
      Even people who do not like escargot can't resist dipping a bit of fresh baguette into the garlic parsley butter, or persillade, that's left in the little cups. Expanding on that wonderful taste we added shrimp, a few shallots and some Parmesan and served it over pasta.

Shrimp  Persillade over Pasta Ingredients:


Day 2: Asparagus and Chevre (Goat Cheese) Quiche

Total time: 65 minutes
    The variations on quiche are almost infinite.  Because I have this one so packed full of good foods, it takes a bit longer to bake then usual.  I had it in the oven for 40 minutes.  The center should be dry in appearance and only slightly 'jiggly' when done.  My brown rice cooks in 15 minutes... If yours take longer, make it ahead of time, or substitute Basmati or Arborio.

chevre quiche Ingredients:

chevre asparagus Instructions:

Note:  I put the quiche/pie plate on a pizza pan before pouring the egg/milk over.  Makes it easier to get into the oven and catches any drips and spills - saving oven clean-up.

Day 3: Roast Lamb, Breton-Style 

Total time: 60 minutes
    I love beans or lentils with lamb.  These are simmered with sage and rosemary, then stirred into the pan juices from the roasted lamb.  I used a partially boned saddle of lamb that weighed 28oz (850gr), for a bone-in leg you'd want about closer to the 3 lbs (1.5kilo) To roast it properly, a meat thermometer is invaluable.

Roast Lamb, Breton-Style Ingredients:


Day 4: Pasta with Lamb and White Beans, Greek Style

Total time: 25 minutes
     Originally made with leftover lamb, this could as easily be made with fresh ingredients.  The cherry tomatoes and green garlic add a touch of spring, and just enough 'tomato' flavor.  The feta and dry-cured olives add the taste of Greece.

Pasta with Lamb and White Beans Ingredients: 


Day 5:  Sweet and Sour Chicken

Total time: 30 minutes
     This is based on the Chinese Sweet and Pungent sauces, but with red wine and without the soy sauce.  A simple, skillet chicken.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Ingredients:


Day 6: Turkey Lo Mein

Total time: 30 minutes
     You can either use turkey cutlets, cut into strips or part of a turkey tenderloin, cut into bite-size pieces.  Almost any vegetable, cut small, will work in this.  It's a great way to use up the odd bits left in the fridge.

Turkey Lo Mein Ingredients:


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