Main Course Menu Plan: Week 9  Summer II

Day 1: Grilled Scallops with Lemon Ginger Sauce

Total time: 15 minutes
    Scallops cook quickly on the barbecue.  You can use a grill pan or mat to cook them on, but, for easy handling, skewers work well, not through the 'center', but from side to side, so they lie flat. Be careful not to over cook the scallops or they can be tough

Grilled Scallops with Lemon Ginger Sauce Ingredients:


Note:  Could also be quickly sautéed in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat for about the same amount of time.

Day 2: Grilled Sirloin with Madeira Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes   plus marinating time
    This makes a great dinner party dish: Use a larger, cheaper cut of meat, about 1 1/2" (4cm)  thick, and marinate 8 - 12 hours.  The rest of the ingredients can be doubled (I actually 'halved' everything for this version for 2)  You can also make more and serve the leftovers with pasta.  

Grilled Sirloin with Madeira Sauce Ingredients:


Day 3: Lentil and Sausage Pasta with Avocado Sauce, garnished with Zucchini

Total time: 30 minutes
   Not quite a hot pasta dish; not quite a pasta salad.  But chock-a-block with vegetables and flavor. Can easily be made vegetarian: eliminate the sausages and add more zucchini, lentils (cooked in water) or tofu.

Lentil and Sausage Pasta with Avocado Sauce Ingredients:


Day 4: Grilled Turkey Cutlets Piccata   

Total time: 30 minutes
    Turkey cutlets cook quickly, and work very well with marinades.  If you can't get them get a turkey tenderloin and either slice it into thin cutlets yourself or ask your butcher. You could also use boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Grilled Turkey Cutlets Piccata Ingredients:


Day 5:  Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts

Total time: 30 minutes
     Tarragon is a great herb for chicken, and a classic pairing in French cuisine.  When basting with a marinade, stop about 5 minutes before taking the meat off the heat, and turn the meat a final time to make certain the marinade is cooked.

Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts Ingredients:


Day 6: Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade

Total time: 30 minutes
   Similar to a Satay, this slightly spicy marinade goes well with pork.  For maximum flavor, poke the pork with a fork after adding the marinade to allow it to penetrate the meat.  We had thin chops that cook quickly; try not to overcook, slightly pink is now preferred for pork.

Grilled Pork Chops with Peanut Marinade Ingredients:


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