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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 6, Day 1

Baked Salmon with Sesame-Soy Glaze
Basmati Rice with Mushrooms
Mangetout (Snow Peas) with Sesame Seeds

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

      As long as we're toasting sesame seeds for the salmon, might as well toss some on the snow peas.

Soy Glazed Baked Salmon

Total time: 25 minutes
  This is a simple glaze that thickens and clears as it bakes. The slightly hot, slightly salty flavor pairs well with sweet salmon.

Soy Glazed Baked Salmon 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.

Basmati Rice with Mushrooms

Total time: 20 minutes
   Sautéed onions and mushrooms perk up fragrant Basmati rice for a lovely side dish.  Make with vegetable stock or water for a vegetarian version.

Basmati Rice with Mushrooms Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Snow Peas (mangetout, pea pods) with Sesame Seeds

Total time: 10 minutes
   Another of those fleeting spring vegetables.  They cook quickly and are more versatile than 'just for stir-fries'.  If they are small, leave them whole.  If they are large (2", 5cm) cut in half or thirds, at an angle.

Sautéed Snow Peas with Sesame Seeds Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small saucepans / lid, medium skillet, small
skillet, small bowl, whisk,
baking sheet
Turn oven on 400F (200C)
Whisk together glaze for salmon
Spoon half the glaze over salmon, bake
Sauté rice
Add stock, herbs to rice, cover, cook
Toast sesame seeds, divide
Chop onions, mushrooms

Mince garlic
Trim, slice snow peas
Spoon remaining glaze over salmon
Sauté onion
Add mushrooms to onions
    Pause while it all cooks
Sauté snow peas
Check rice, if done add to mushrooms, stir fry
Spoon mushroom rice into serving bowl
Remove salmon, sprinkle with sesame seeds
Finish snow peas
Serve