Main Course Menu Plan: Week 8  Spring II

Day 1: Stir-Fried Scallops and Ham

Total time: 10 minutes
     The sweetness of shellfish pairs very well with the salty ham.  Small bits of ham are often used as flavorings in Chinese foods.  I buy frozen scallops, which are less expensive than fresh.  You could also use small, bay scallops, which will cook very fast or shrimp.

Stir-Fried Scallops and Ham Ingredients:


Day 2: Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions

Total time: 35 minutes
     With a lovely piece of flavorful, tender filet mignon this is truly marvelous main course. But the savory-sweet onions will make even a lesser cut shine.

Filet Mignon with Caramelized Onions Ingredients:


Note:   Could be done under the broiler (grill) or quickly pan fried over high heat for about the same time.

Day 3: Warm Chicken Pasta Salad with Spring Vegetables   

Total time: 30 minutes
   I have always disagreed with most 'Pasta Primavera' as they are meant to celebrate spring but insist on using summer vegetables: tomatoes and peppers.  This is my version, using only spring vegetables.

Chicken Pasta Salad with Spring Vegetables Ingredients:



Roll cut:  Cut the end off at an angle, roll 1/4 turn and slice at the same angle, roll 1/4 and slice, etc.  This gives you interesting looking pieces with lots of surface.  It's normally used on round vegetables: carrots, asparagus, etc.

Peel fava beans:  They peel like peas: break open the pod and take the beans out.  Don't bother with any really tiny ones.  After blanching they will have a whitish outer shell.  Just squeeze lightly and the inner, bright green bean will pop out.  It may split in half... that's okay.

Day 4: Grilled Turkey Teriyaki

Total time: 15 minutes
  Turkey cutlets are great for a quick main course.  Paired with a simple Teriyaki marinade, these can be ready in under 10 minutes.... But you have to let the barbecue grill warm up!  Or just quickly sauté in a nonstick skillet. 

Grilled Turkey Teriyaki Ingredients:


Day 5:  Pasta Primavera with Tuna

Total time: 30 minutes
     I've made this Primavera' a little more 'spring-like', added some tuna to make it a full main course rather than just a hearty side dish and finished it with a light egg/Parmesan sauce. 

Pasta Primavera with Tuna Ingredients:


Day 6: Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Bacon and Mushrooms

Total time: 30 minutes
    One cannot go wrong with mushrooms and bacon.... A bit decadent, perhaps, but life is for living. My bacon is very lean, so I have to sauté it in oil.  Use it or not, as needed.

Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Bacon and Mushrooms Ingredients:


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