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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 1, Day 1

Marinated Salmon with Brown Sugar Yogurt Sauce
Couscous Pilaf
Green Beans with Sautéed Celery

Cooking time:  30 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

        We use a bit of ham in the beans to add to flavor... the rest in the salad on Day 3.  The salmon is easy, the couscous is quick so it's a minimum fuss summer dinner.

Marinated Salmon with Brown Sugar Yogurt Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes
    The salmon, marinated in an herbal bath for 15 minutes, is cooked on the barbecue grill or baked and served with a cold, hot-sweet sauce.

Marinated Salmon with Brown Sugar Yogurt Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Couscous Pilaf

Total time: 15 minutes
    You can leave the celery, onion and carrot raw for this pilaf, but I prefer it to be lightly sautéed.  You could also put it with the couscous before adding the hot stock.... I like the flavor of sautéed.

Couscous Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions

Green Beans with Sautéed Celery

Total time: 20 minutes 
  Green beans, cooked quickly, then tossed with sautéed celery and a bit of ham or bacon for flavor, something a little different from our summer bounty. Blanching them first helps retain their bright color.

Green Beans with Sautéed Celery Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small saucepan, medium saucepan, small
bowl, whisk, medium bowl (used 2 X) lid, small
skillet (used 2X), dish for marinating, barbecue grill,
grill pan or mat, BBQ tools
Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Make marinade for salmon, add salmon, marinate
Put water on high heat for beans
Make yogurt sauce for salmon
Top, tail beans, cut
Get cold water ready for beans
Blanch beans
Peel, chop carrot
Slice, chop celery
Remove beans, drain, plunge into cold water
Drain beans, set aside

Heat stock for couscous
Chop onion
Slice cherry tomatoes
Snip all herbs
Sauté carrot, onion, celery for couscous
Remove salmon from marinade, put in basket / mat
Cook salmon
Chop ham
Put couscous in bowl
Pour stock over couscous, cover
Remove carrot, onion, celery to small plate
Using same skillet sauté ham for beans
Add celery to ham in skillet
Turn salmon
Add remaining ingredients to skillet for beans
Add beans to skillet, stir, serve
Fluff, finish couscous
Remove salmon, Serve