Main Course Menu Plan: Week 3  Summer I

Day 1: Grilled Scallops with Lemon Ginger Sauce

Total time: 15 minutes
    Scallops cook quickly on the barbecue.  You can use a grill pan or mat to cook them on, but, for easy handling, skewers work well, not through the 'center', but from side to side, so they lie flat. Be careful not to over cook the scallops or they can be tough

Grilled Scallops with Lemon Ginger Sauce Ingredients:


Note:  Could also be quickly sautéed in a nonstick skillet over medium high heat for about the same amount of time.

Day 2: Grilled Turkey Pesto Rolls

Total time: 35 minutes
  These are a bit fussy because each roll has to be tied separately, but they are well worth the extra time.  If doing for a larger group, assemble ahead. 

turkey rolls Ingredients:


Note:  If you can't get turkey cutlets, use 2 chicken breasts: cut almost through, starting on the 'straight' edge of the breast, giving you a pocket the shape of the breast with 1/2 inch of 'uncut' chicken around 3 sides. Fill the 'pocket with pesto, Prosciutto and basil, tie and grill.

Day 3: Grilled Chicken, Pepper and Avocado Salad

Total time: 25 minutes  
  Grilled roasted peppers and onions, chicken with a barbecue flavor and a 'French' dressing for the salad.  Try to get a sweet onion: Maui or Walla Walla. 

Grilled Chicken, Pepper and Avocado Salad  Ingredients:


Note:  Peppers and onions can be roasted in400F (200C) oven for 20 minutes or sautéed in a skillet until brown.  Chicken can be sautéed in a skillet for about the same amount of time.

Day 4: Grilled Honey Mustard Pork Chops 

Total time: 30 minutes
   The heat of a good Dijon-style mustard is nicely tempered with the sweetness of honey.  I use the grocery store honey that comes in a squeeze bottle for marinades rather than the single-flower artisan honey that I like on my bread.

Grilled Honey Mustard Pork Chops Ingredients:


Note:  If you cook it too long pork tends to be dry - unless you cook it really, really long - but that's winter cooking ... this is summer.

Day 5:  Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pimiento Sauce 

Total time: 30 minutes
     Marinated, grilled chicken breasts with a drizzle of Pimiento Sauce..... Simple and delicious take on barbecue sauce. You can warm it slightly if you like.... I didn't. 

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Pimiento Sauce Ingredients:


Day 6: Tuna Barley Salad 

Total time: 30 minutes
    This is a variation on the traditional Tuna Macaroni Salad. It's lots healthier and we like the chewy barley.... Use quick-cooking pearl barley, which takes about 15 minutes. 

Tuna Barley Salad Ingredients:


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