Main Course Menu Plan: Week 10  Winter II

Day 1: Salmon with Hot and Sweet Glaze

Total time: 25 minutes
     The mustard and brown sugar glaze works well with the slightly sweet flavor of salmon.  Use hotter mustard if you want more of a 'kick'.  I used fillets rather than steaks: they cook in less time and the larger surface captures more of the glaze.

Salmon with Hot and Sweet Glaze Ingredients:


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.

Day 2: Filet Mignon or Tournedos with Creamy Brown Sauce

Total time: 20 minutes
    This is based on a main course from years ago, at one of my favorite restaurants in Minneapolis.  They didn't give me the recipe.... The steaks are sliced thinly, for tenderloin, and cooked quickly to stay medium-rare.  Serve on a bed of mashed potatoes.

Tournedos with Creamy Brown Sauce Ingredients:


Day 3: Chicken Noodle Soup

Total time: 120 minutes
      If you can get cheap chicken wings, add them to the stock for more flavor.  Use traditional egg noodles, spaetzle or any type of small pasta. This will make enough for 4 generous servings.  If you want more soup, use a stewing  hen, or add another breast and thigh and increase the vegetables.

Chicken Noodle Soup Ingredients:


Day 4: Braised Pork Chops with Peppers and Olives 

Total time: 25 minutes
     Pork chops, quickly seared to caramelize the surface, then braised for 15 minutes with peppers, olives and a bit of spicy tomato sauce makes an easy weeknight dinner.

Pork Chops with Peppers and Olives Ingredients:


Day 5:  Ham and Spinach Quiche

Total time: 65 minutes
    The rice makes a lovely crust, much healthier than the traditional pastry... and easier too, especially if you cook the rice earlier.  Use either brown or basmati rice.

Ham and Spinach Quiche Ingredients:


Note:  I usually put the quiche dish on a baking sheet to make it easier to handle – it gets kind of full.

Day 6: Stir-Fried Chicken and Broccoli with Barley  

Total time: 25 minutes
   Toast the sesame seeds first if they are not already toasted.  Add crushed red pepper flakes if you like some heat, and/or use a hotter mustard.

Stir-Fried Chicken and Broccoli with Barley Ingredients:    


To toast sesame seeds:  Put them into a dry, nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Toss or stir them about in the pan until lightly golden, about 5 minutes.

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