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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 5, Day 1

Grilled Trout with Lemon Thyme and Lemon
Couscous Salad
Summer Squash with Bacon

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

       I love the lemon thyme in my garden, but regular thyme will work just as well with the fish.

Grilled Trout with Lemon Thyme and Lemon

Total time: 25 minutes  
    If you have a basket for the fish it will hold them together nicely.  If not, tie them with kitchen string.  

Grilled Trout with Lemon Thyme and Lemon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: I skinned each fish and took out the back bone, lemons and thyme before serving but it also makes a nice presentation served whole.

Couscous Salad 

Total time: 15 minutes
    Couscous does not have to be dry and boring.  It also doesn't need cooking which makes it the perfect fast food.  Heat the stock, do a bit of chopping and you're done! Plus it's a dish that can help clean out the fridge.

Couscous Salad  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Summer Squash (Courgette) with Bacon

Total time: 20 minutes
     A bit of salty bacon and sweet red onion adds big flavor to simply sautéed summer squash.

Summer Squash (Courgette) with Bacon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, medium bowl with lid, small saucepan with
lid, medium skillet with lid, BBQ grill, basket or mat

Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Slice lemon
Prepare fish, stuff with lemon, thyme
Put fish in basket or tie securely, set aside
Snip chives
Cut tomatoes
Chop celery
Sauté bacon
Put couscous in bowl
Make vinaigrette for couscous

Turn bacon
Heat stock for couscous
Slice squash
Chop red onion
Remove bacon, drain fat, add red onion, sauté
Put fish on barbecue
Pour stock over couscous, cover
Add squash to onion, cook
   Pause while stuff cooks
Turn fish
Finish couscous
Crumble bacon, add to squash, finish
Remove fish when done
Finish fish
Serve