Main Course Menu Plan: Week 2  Summer II

Day 1: Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Asparagus Pasta 

Total time: 30 minutes
   I used cold-smoked, moist, Irish smoked salmon, but use any type you like.  It will cook, ever so slightly, while it warms with the pasta.

Salmon, Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Asparagus Pasta Ingredients:


Day 2: Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin

Total time: 60 minutes     with 10 earlier
   This is marinated for a few hours in a cross between a brine and a classic pork rib sauce.  I stuffed it with mushrooms and ham and cooked it on the barbecue. After removing the pork from the marinade I boiled the marinade for 5 minutes, reducing it to use both as a basting sauce (some of it) and a dipping sauce (the rest).  There is enough pork for two meals.  Be sure to save any leftover sauce for the leftover pork!

Barbecued Stuffed Pork Loin Ingredients:

stuffed pork loin, sliced Instructions:

Day 3: Tuna Cannellini Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

Total time: 25 minutes
     With the addition of white beans this becomes a main meal pasta salad.  Using a yogurt based rather than mayonnaise based dressing keeps it healthy... but still creamy.   

Tuna Cannellini Pasta Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing  Ingredients:


Day 4: Salad with Potatoes, Turkey and Avocado 

Total time: 30 minutes
     You can do the potatoes and turkey in a skillet or on the barbecue grill.  The time is about the same.  Use a mix of greens if you can.

Salad with Potatoes, Turkey and Avocado Ingredients:


Day 5:  Cheeseburgers with Glazed Mushrooms

Total time: 20 minutes
    Simple grilled burgers topped with a thick wedge of runny Brie or goat cheese and sautéed mushrooms: adult cheeseburgers.  We normally eat burgers with a fork and a glass of red.  Feel free to have them on a bun with a Mountain Dew. 

Cheeseburgers with Glazed Mushrooms Ingredients:


Day 6: Chicken Breasts with Orange/Mustard Glaze 

Total time: 30 minutes
     There is no oil in this marinade but the sugar in the marmalade can burn a bit so these have to be watched. Done right, there is a lovely caramel taste...

Chicken Breasts with Orange/Mustard Glaze Ingredients:


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