Main Course Menu Plan: Week 13  Fall II

Day 1: Salmon Patties with Caper Tarter Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes
   Canned salmon and tuna have long been pantry staples. especially in areas that run the risk of being snowbound in the winter months.  I normally remove the skin from the salmon, but not the bones.  They're very soft from being cooked, and are an excellent source of calcium.  Mash them a bit with a fork if needed.

Salmon Patties with Caper Tarter Sauce Ingredients:

Tarragon Caper Tarter Sauce Instructions:

Day 2: Pizza Steaks

Total time: 25 minutes
      A thick sauce of tomatoes and oregano lend the 'pizza' taste to these steaks.  You can simmer the steaks in the sauce for more flavor, if you like, be we prefer our steaks more on the medium rare side so we just spooned the sauce on top. 

Pizza Steaks Ingredients:


Note:  If using a tougher cut, brown first, then add to sauce and simmer 15 - 45 minutes.

Day 3: Turkey Wild Rice Soup

Total time: 3 hours
      The key to a rich stock is to let it simmer over very low heat for a very long time to let all of the goodness eke out of the bones.  It's what gives a good stock a luscious 'mouth-feel'.  Use a turkey carcass from a roasted bird or buy wings, necks, and/or legs for the stock.  I used a leg and a thigh - and had more meat than I wanted for the soup - turkey salad sandwiches.


turkey stock Ingredients:



Turkey Wild Rice Soup Ingredients:


Note:  The cornstarch is meant to thicken it very slightly, you may not really notice it when it's hot, but it makes it more unctuous. 

Day 4: Honey Mustard Pork Chops

Total time: 35 minutes
    Pork chops get fork-tender in no time when gently braised.   I prefer thinner, boneless chops for this spicy/sweet honey mustard sauce. They stay tender and moist, and the reduced sauce makes this a lovely main course.

Honey Mustard Pork Chops Ingredients:


Day 5:  Spaghetti Pie

Total time: 50 minutes
   This has the flavors of lasagne, but quicker to put together.  You could make it in a spring-form pan and unmold it for a fancier presentation.    

Spaghetti Pie Ingredients:


Day 6: Chicken with Whole Grain Mustard Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes
  Whole grain mustard and white wine, slightly reduced, make a lovely, light sauce for the chicken, bursting with flavor but low in calories.

Chicken with Whole Grain Mustard Sauce Ingredients:


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