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Menu Plan for the week of August 23, 2013: Wednesday's Recipes

Grilled Pork Chops / Ginger Barbecue Sauce
Green Bean and Potato Packets

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

      This should finish off the Ginger Barbecue Sauce.  If there isn't enough, supplement it with bottled or make another small batch.  If you have mushrooms left, slice them and add to the vegetable packets.  

Grilled Pork Chops with Ginger Barbecue Sauce

Total time: 30 minutes
   At first glance it seems like a lot of ginger in this recipe - both on the chops and in the sauce.  But it works well, adding an underlying flavor that is not too 'ginger-y' or particularly hot; just a tiny kick....  When you are marinating meat it helps to poke it with a fork, to let the marinade penetrate.

Grilled Pork Chops with Ginger Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: Remove 2 - 3 tbs barbecue sauce to use for basting rather than dipping the basting brush or spoon into that entire sauce. 

Potato and Green Bean Packets 

Total time: 30 minutes 
    Vegetable packets are great for using up leftover bits in the fridge: carrots, celery, mushrooms, tomatoes...  They are cooking when you hear them sizzle, and are done when you can't hear them any longer.  They stay very hot in the packets, and can even be taken off early and left to finish off heat.

vegetable packets Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, dish for marinating, foil, 2 plates,
barbecue grill

Turn on/light barbecue grill
Mix marinade. spoon over chops
Tear foil and lay on plates
Trim, cut beans, lay on foil
Cut potatoes, add to beans
Slice tomatoes, add to packets

Slice shallots, add to packets
Snip basil, add to packets
Slice any other veg (mushrooms), add to packets
Add stock/ water to packets
Fold packets, put on grill, cook
   Take a break while the veg cooks
Cook chops
Check potatoes
Baste chops, turn, baste
Open and serve vegetables
Remove chops, serve, BBQ sauce on the side