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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 12, Day 1

Salmon with Tomato Leek Salsa
Polenta with Fresh Herbs
Oriental Asparagus Salad

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

     We're having an asparagus salad as the vegetable with this dinner - or you could have it as a first course....  Easy summer cooking.

Grilled Salmon with Warm Tomato Leek Salsa

Total time: 20 minutes
    Salmon is the perfect fish for grilling and smoking: a light brushing of olive oil and a few herbs are all it needs.

Grilled Salmon with Warm Tomato Leek Salsa Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Polenta with Fresh Herbs

Total time: 15 minutes assuming quick-cooking polenta
     This is a simple polenta dish, allowing the flavors of the fresh herbs to dominate.  Check the package directions for quantity proportions. It should be like soft mashed potatoes.

Polenta with Fresh Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Oriental Asparagus Salad

Total time: 30 minutes
     I often fix this as a vegetable for a Chinese Dinner but, since I now have some lettuce in my garden, I thought to pair it with some eggs and cherry tomatoes for a first course salad. You could substitute avocado for the asparagus, or just use more greens. 

Oriental Asparagus Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, medium bowl, whisk, 2 small
saucepans, 1 lid, barbecue grill, grill basket or pan

Turn on/light barbecue grill or oven 400F (200C)
Cook eggs
Heat water for asparagus
Trim, cut asparagus
Mix soy sauce, sugar, sesame oil
Blanch asparagus
Drain asparagus, rinse, drain again
Pat asparagus dry
Add asparagus to marinade, stir, set aside
Clean, slice leeks
Sauté chili powder
Add leeks, sauté
Prepare salad greens

Mind the eggs
Snip all herbs
Chop tomatoes, add to leeks
Prepare salmon, put on barbecue grill 
Heat stock for polenta
Slice cherry tomatoes
Make vinaigrette
Add chopped tomatoes to leeks, sauté
Add herbs to tomato/leek, remove from heat
Mind the salmon
Make polenta, stir
Stir herbs into polenta, cover, set aside
Cool, peel, quarter eggs
Make salad, arrange on plates
Remove salmon
Stir Polenta, thin if needed,
Arrange Salmon and Salsa
Serve it all