Main Course Menu Plan: Week 13  Summer II

Day 1: Grilled or Smoked Salmon with Tomato/Tarragon Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
   We lightly smoked the salmon, directions are below...  If you prefer, it can simply be grilled or roasted in the oven. The salt is scraped off before serving.

Grilled or Smoked Salmon with Tomato/Tarragon Sauce Ingredients:


Note: Salmon should flake easily but not be dry; remove from heat when just barely done.

Day 2: Not-Quite-Naked Steaks 

Total time: 20 minutes
   Small, thick-cut filet mignon are perfect done on the barbecue grill.  A wrap of bacon adds flavor and helps the steak stay moist.  That, plus a light sprinkle of seasoning is all these lovely steaks need.  We like them medium rare.  On a hot grill these will cook very fast - so be mindful!

Not-Quite-Naked Steaks Ingredients:


Note:  Could be broiled for roughly same amount of time - mind the bacon.

Day 3: Ratatouille Quiche

Total time: 60 minutes
    I use a brown rice crust: it's healthier and I don't make pie crust.  But you could certainly use a proper pastry or pie crust if you prefer.  Instead of Prosciutto you could substitute a bit of regular, baked ham or smoked turkey.  The vegetables are quickly cooked to reduce liquids and thicken.

Ratatouille Quiche  prep Ingredients:

Ratatouille Quiche Instructions:

Note:  When baking quiches or tarts, I put the dish on a sturdy baking tray, before pouring in the egg mixture, for easier handling.  The dish can get very full.

Day 4: Pasta with Tuna, Cannellini and Fresh Tomato Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
   This is a cross between a winter pasta dish and a summer pasta salad; quick, simple, great for midweek.

Pasta with Tuna, Cannellini and Fresh Tomato Sauce Ingredients:


Day 5:  Hot and Sweet Glazed Pork Chops

Total time: 30 minutes
    Fresh, chopped ginger adds a better, sharper flavor than the powdered.  Usually you can just break off a small piece at the store.

Hot and Sweet Glazed Pork Chops Ingredients:


Day 6: Ham, Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad 

Total time: 25 minutes
    I love cold ham in salads of any type and beans with basil is always a hit.  Here, it all comes together with a lower fat/calorie dressing of half mayonnaise and half Greek Yogurt. 

Ham, Green Bean and Cherry Tomato Pasta Salad Ingredients:


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