Main Course Menu Plan: Week 4  Winter I

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Day 1: Turkey with Peppers, Feta and Olives over Couscous   

Total time: 30 minutes
   The Mediterranean flavors of peppers, olives and feta make bland turkey special.  Serve over Toasted Couscous, Basmati Rice or Barley. Use more or less feta, according to taste.  

Turkey with Peppers, Feta and Olives over Couscous Ingredients:


Day 2: Spaghetti Bolognese

Total time: 60 minutes
   This is a true Northern Italian meat sauce based on one found in the Time Life "Foods of the World, Italian,' book.  It's not the tomato-y sauce that we have come to expect as the standard.  It's full-flavored and fantastic, filled with minced vegetables and meat; but it's not thick. 

Spaghetti Bolognese Ingredients:


Note: The cream or crème fraiche is added when served over pasta.

Day 3: Bolognese Lasagne with Spinach

Total time: 40 minutes 
     This is a wonderful way to use Ragù Bolognese.  It's simply assembling and baking.  This lasagne uses ricotta, rather than the more traditional Béchamel sauce. 

Bolognese Lasagne with Spinach Ingredients:


Day 4: Coquilles Saint-Jacques

Total time: 30 minutes
     If you are getting scallops in their shells, the shells make a lovely presentation.  I love scallops but do not like the coral.  Remove it or not as suits you.  Be careful not to overcook the scallops.  This used to be very decadent ... I made it recently and trimmed back the fat a bit.  Still...  I only do it once a year.

Coquilles Saint-Jacques Ingredients:


Day 5:  Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes, Apples and Carrots

Total time: 45 minutes
   Pork and apples naturally compliment each other: the sweet-tart flavor of the apple brings out the sweetness of the pork. With roasted potatoes and carrots this is a simple meal needing little attention.  Remember, slightly pink is fine for pork - and keeps it juicier.

Pork Tenderloin with Potatoes, Apples and Carrots Ingredients:


Day 6: Chicken with Mushrooms, Broccoli and Peppers

Total time: 25 minutes
    Tarragon and capers are the main flavor components of this chicken dish. They give a Mediterranean taste to the peppers and broccoli.  It all cooks quickly, leaving the vegetables crisp-tender.

Chicken with Mushrooms, Broccoli and Peppers Ingredients:


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