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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 2, Day 1

Grilled Tuna with Mustard Sauce
Grilled Dijon Potatoes
Simple Fresh Spinach Gratin

Cooking time:  45 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        If you get sushi-grade tuna you will definitely want to have this rare (it has to be graded to a higher standard so it is okay to eat raw).  Regular tuna we normally have medium.  If it gets to close to well done it tends to be dry.

Grilled Tuna with Mustard Sauce

Total time: 15 minutes
     If you get sushi-grade tuna you will definitely want to have this rare (it has to be graded to a higher standard so it's okay to eat raw).  Regular tuna we normally have medium.  If it gets to close to well done it tends to be dry.  The Mustard Sauce adds a rich finish to the dish.

Grilled Tuna with Mustard Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Grilled Dijon Potatoes

Total time: 40 minutes
    The mustard keeps these from getting as brown as most grilled potatoes, but it also keeps them very moist.

Grilled Dijon Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Simple Fresh Spinach Gratin 

Total time: 45 minutes 
   Fresh spinach cooks quickly, with a bit of stock to keep it moist.  It's topped with a seasoned mix of bread crumbs and shredded cheese for a quick, healthy side dish.

Fresh Spinach Gratin Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  I could barely get all the spinach in my dish; I had to press it down. Heating the stock helped wilt it so that it wasn't higher than the sides of the baking dish.  As it bakes, it collapses, and the gratin topping comes together.

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, tongs, whisk, small saucepan, 2 small bowls,
2 medium bowls, plate or dish for marinating, baking
dish, foil, barbecue grill, grill pan and/or mat and/or basket (1 for fish, 1 for potatoes), BBQ tools

Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Turn on oven 400F (200C)
Mix Dijon sauce for potatoes
Cut potatoes, add to Dijon sauce, cook
Prepare spinach, chop
Heat stock, pour over spinach

Mix crumbs, cheese, herbs. sprinkle over spinach
Cover spinach with foil, bake
Mix marinade for tuna, spoon on
Mix ingredients for mustard sauce, heat
Snip herbs
Add tarragon to mustard sauce, remove, cool
    Pause while stuff cooks - Mind potatoes
Cook tuna
Remove potatoes, put in serving dish
Uncover spinach, let brown for last 5 minutes
Turn tuna
Remove spinach
Remove tuna, drizzle with sauce,  Serve