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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 1, Day 1

Roasted Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce
Macaroni and Cheese
Sautéed Spinach

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

      An easy dinner with a hint of spring - the spinach. You can use the rest of the Red Pepper sauce as a dip or add it to the Lentil Soup.

Roasted Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce

Total time: 25 minutes 
    The slightly spicy red pepper sauce is a nice contrast to the sweet salmon.  Save remaining Red Pepper Sauce for another use.

Roasted Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  For easy clean up cover pan with foil first.  This is especially nice if you are using fillets with the skin on.  You can carefully lift the salmon off the skin to serve, leaving the skin on the foil.  Then wrap the whole mess up and toss. 

Macaroni and Cheese

Total time: 25 minutes
   In my youth, Mac and Cheese came from a box and was very yellow.  This is not a fancy, adult version made with 6 different cheeses - although you could.... Use any cheese you like, just make certain it's one that melts and doesn't turn to string. To find out more:  The Rules of Melting Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Spinach 

Total time: 10 minutes  
   This is quickly done and best if done at the last minute.  A sprinkling of lemon juice and sea salt is all that's needed to let the spinach shine.  The leaves should be barely wilted.

Sautéed Spinach Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium saucepan, baking sheet, foil, pot and
colander for pasta, small bowl, whisk, grater, large
skillet, small saucepan, lid, blender
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Put water on high heat for pasta
Chop onion, pepper
Mince garlic
Sauté onion, pepper, garlic, chili powder
Prepare spinach, wash, dry, cut
Add stock, vinegar to pepper, cover, simmer
Prepare salmon; line baking sheet with foil if using
Purée red pepper sauce
Add yogurt, stir well

Remove 1/2 sauce, spoon onto salmon
Refrigerate remaining sauce
Shred cheese
Start to cook pasta
Bake salmon
Melt butter for Béchamel sauce
Whisk in flour
Slowly add milk, whisking
When hot and thick, stir in cheese
When cheese melts, cover, set aside
When pasta is done, drain, put into bowl
Heat oil in large skillet, stir-fry spinach, herbs
Remove spinach, add lemon, olive oil, salt, pepper
Add Béchamel to pasta, stir, pepper
Remove salmon
Serve