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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 13, Day 2

Veal Chops with Herbs, Lemon and Garlic
Roasted Potatoes with Basil Butter 
Southwestern Lentils

Cooking time: 40 minutes for menu      Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     The veal chops are just given a light marinade to enhance, not mask their delicate flavor. The Lentils are for 2 meals.

Veal Chops with Herbs, Lemon and Garlic

Total time: 35 minutes 
   We get 'country' veal, which is grass fed, and butchered at an older age.  It's the color of lamb or pork and very tender.  We prefer it medium rare, and lightly flavored. We can't get nice, center cut chops, though... Substitute pork chops if you prefer.

Veal Chops with Herbs, Lemon and Garlic Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted Potatoes with Basil Butter 

Total time: 40 minutes
   Potatoes, lightly coated with oil and roasted on the barbecue grill to a golden brown; finished with some fresh Basil Butter: Perfect summer food!

Roasted Potatoes with Basil Butter Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Southwestern Lentils

Total time: 40 minutes  
   I had something similar to this in a restaurant in San Antonio, Texas.  I don't remember the name, and I never got the recipe.  This is as close as I get to a return trip.  Make them as hot as you like.  I use the tiny, green lentils de Puy, but you can use the larger brown ones.  Do not use the red ones, they get too mushy..

Southwestern Lentils Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 45 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, 2 small bowls, whisk, dish for marinating,
medium saucepan, lid, medium skillet, old metal
pan, barbecue grill and tools, basting brush

Turn on/light barbecue grill, if using
Mix oil, paprika for potatoes
Cut potatoes, add to oil, mix
Put potatoes in old metal pan, put on barbecue grill
    or put on baking sheet and bake 400F, 200C
Start to cook lentils
Snip all herbs
Mince all garlic
Whisk together marinade for veal

Pour over veal, marinate
Mix basil, butter, garlic, set aside
Open, drain chilies
Mind the potatoes
Chop onion, pepper
Sauté chili powder
Add onion, garlic, sauté
Add pepper, sauté
Add tomatoes, reduce heat, simmer
When lentils, potatoes are done - cook chops
Remove potatoes, add basil butter
Turn chops
Drain lentils, add to peppers, along with chilies
Remove chops
Serve all