Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 2, Wednesday


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Daily Recipes:


Pork Chops with Yogurt Mustard Pan Sauce
Quinoa with Herbs
Broccoli Gratin

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     It occurs to me I might be getting ready for summer cooking.  My winter menus are getting rather 'quick and easy'. Another few weeks.....

Pork Chops with Yogurt Mustard Pan Sauce  

Total time: 30 minutes 
      The chops are quickly browned then braised for 20 minutes to get fork-tender.  They're finished with an easy, yogurt and mustard pan sauce.

Pork Chops with Yogurt Mustard Pan Sauce Ingredients:


Quinoa with Herbs 

Total time: 20 minutes 
     I love the nutty flavor of quinoa, plus the fact that it's an 'almost perfect' food, and it's easy!  It can be cooked a bit ahead, then removed from heat and let sit, covered for 10 - 20 minutes. When ready to serve, uncover, stir in the herbs and spoon into a pretty bowl.

Quinoa with Herbs Ingredients:


Note:  Add the dried herbs at the beginning, with the quinoa and stock; add fresh herbs at the end.

Broccoli Gratin

Total time: 35 minutes 
    A simple preparation but the combination of mustard and cheese adds a creamy-sharp flavor to the broccoli. This can be made ahead and quickly reheated in the oven.

Broccoli Gratin Ingredients:


Cooking schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, small saucepan, lid, saucepan,
steamer basket, lid, baking dish, small and medium

Brown chops
Cut broccoli, steam
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Turn chops
Mix crumbs and cheese
Mix oil, mustard, thyme

Add broth, mustard, cumin to chops, stir well
Cover chops, reduce heat, simmer
Cook quinoa in herbs, broth
Remove broccoli
Combine broccoli with oil/mustard, put in baking dish
Sprinkle crumb/cheese on broccoli
Turn chops
Bake broccoli
    10 minute break while it all cooks
Fluff quinoa
Remove chops, stir in yogurt, finish
Remove broccoli.... Serve

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