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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 12, Day 1

Vieux Carré Scampi
Quinoa with Herbs
Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto

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

        Both the quinoa and Brussels sprouts cook in the amount of time the shrimp bake.

Vieux Carré Scampi

Total time: 30 minutes
    This is based on one of a 'box' of recipes I got years ago.  It's a bit heavy on the butter, which makes it ideal for serving over rice or pasta... or Quinoa.

Vieux Carré Scampi Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: I put the small dishes on a baking sheet for easier handling.

Quinoa with Herbs 

Total time: 20 minutes
     I love the nutty flavor of quinoa, plus the fact that it's an 'almost perfect' food, and it's easy!  It can be cooked a bit ahead, then removed from heat and let sit, covered for 10 - 20 minutes. When ready to serve, uncover, stir in the herbs and spoon into a pretty bowl.

Quinoa with Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  Add the dried herbs at the beginning, with the quinoa and stock; add fresh herbs at the end.

Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto and Shallots

Total time: 25 minutes
    A bit of Prosciutto can liven up any vegetable but works particularly well with the cruciferous family.  Brussels sprouts are not bitter if not overcooked.  Allow these to stay just on the crispy side - cooked but not overcooked!

Brussels Sprouts with Prosciutto and Shallots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
2 small baking dishes or 1 medium, 2 small
saucepans with lids, baking sheet
Turn oven on, 375F (190C)
Clean shrimp if needed
Butter baking dishes
Arrange shrimp in baking dishes
Chop shallot, sprinkle over shrimp
Mince garlic, sprinkle over shrimp
Sprinkle parsley over shrimp
Sprinkle lemon juice over shrimp

Chop Prosciutto/bacon
Slice shallot for sprouts
Sauté shallots, Prosciutto
Dot shrimp with butter, sprinkle with cheese
Put small dishes on baking sheet, bake
Cook quinoa
Trim sprouts
Add sprouts, stock to skillet, cover, simmer
   Pause while stuff cooks
Remove shrimp
Fluff quinoa, put into serving dish
Finish sprouts
Serve