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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 6, Day 1

Shrimp in Green Sauce
Orzo with Green Garlic and Mascarpone
Asparagus with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette

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

    The Shrimp in Green sauce is based on a Spanish recipe.  As long as I had the green garlic, Orzo seemed a good choice, made creamy with a bit of Mascarpone.  Asparagus finishes our spring dinner

Shrimp in Green Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes 
    A typical 'green sauce' would be parsley, green onions and garlic.  If you can't get green garlic, use the substitutes.  This is reminiscent of the Italian Scampi, but without the butter....

Shrimp in Green Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Orzo with Green Garlic and Mascarpone

Total time: 25 minutes  
   Cooking this small pasta in just enough liquid gives it a creamy texture, almost like risotto.  Stir in the Mascarpone at the end for a luscious finish.

Orzo with Green Garlic and Mascarpone Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Asparagus with Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette     

Total time: 15 minutes 
     White or green asparagus is simply finished with a light Lemon Parsley vinaigrette. 

 Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small saucepan with lid, large skillet with
lid, baking dish, small bowl, whisk, medium bowl
(used 2 X)
Turn the oven on, 400F (200C)
Slice green garlic or green onions, garlic, divide
Clean, prepare shrimp if needed
Chop parsley
Sauté green garlic for orzo

Mix lemon, oil, parsley, green garlic for shrimp
Add shrimp, mix well, put into baking dish, bake
Add orzo, wine, stock, to green garlic, cover, simmer
Trim asparagus, cook
Make Lemon Parsley Vinaigrette
Stir orzo
   Pause while everything cooks
Drain asparagus, put on serving dish, add vinaigrette
Stir Mascarpone into orzo
Remove shrimp
Serve