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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 11, Day 1

Grilled Tuna with Lemon and Herbs
Couscous Feta Pilaf
Asparagus with Garlic Chips

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

       Get the best grade of tuna you can for this.  And share the garlic chips with a friend....

Grilled Tuna with Lemon

Total time: 30 minutes
    If you get sushi-grade tuna you will definitely want to have this rare (it has to be graded to a higher standard so it is okay to eat raw).  Regular tuna we normally have medium.  Well done tends to make it rather dry.  This is a simple preparation, finished with a bit of sea salt.

Grilled Tuna with Lemon Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  A grill basket, skillet or mat makes working with fish easier.

Couscous Feta Pilaf

Total time: 15 minutes
    The best thing about couscous (besides the taste) is that it requires no cooking - just hot stock. Then add anything that suits your fancy!

Couscous Feta Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  The easiest way to pit olives is to lay them on a cutting board or counter, put the blade of a large knife flat on top and whack the flat blade with the heel of your palm.  The olive will split, and you can remove the pit.
This is also the easiest way to peel garlic.

Baked Asparagus with Garlic Chips

Total time: 25 minutes
      We eat a lot of garlic. If you don't want the extra garlic just drizzle some melted butter, a sprinkle of thyme and a little lemon juice over the cooked asparagus.

Baked Asparagus with Garlic Chips Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, baking dish (for marinating), small bowl,
medium bowl and lid or foil, baking sheet, small
skillet, barbecue grill

Turn on/light barbecue grill if using
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Heat stock for couscous
Put couscous in bowl
Snip all herbs
Make marinade for tuna, pour over tuna

Trim asparagus, roll in oil on baking sheet, bake
Pour stock over couscous, cover
Slice garlic, sauté in oil
Slice tomatoes, olives for couscous
Start to cook tuna
Mind the garlic chips, remove when browned
Keep oil warm
Turn tuna
Mind the asparagus, remove when done
Finish couscous
Finish asparagus
Remove tuna, serve