Main Course Menu Plan: Week 7  Summer II

Day 1: Grilled Tuna with Mustard Sauce

Total time: 15 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's okay to eat raw).  Regular tuna we normally have medium.  If it gets to close to well done it tends to be dry.  The Mustard Sauce adds a rich finish to the dish.

Grilled Tuna with Mustard Sauce Ingredients:


Day 2: Lamb and Vegetable Kebabs with Yogurt Dipping Sauce

Total time: 45 minutes
   It does look nice to have the meat and vegetable on the same skewers - and you can do that if you partially pre-cook the vegetables.  I prefer to do it all on the grill, and, as the different foods have different cooking times, arranging them on the skewers accordingly.  Serve on a bed of Summer Couscous, Minted Sauce on the side.

Lamb and Vegetable Kebabs  Ingredients:


Yogurt Dipping Sauce                  Time: 5 minutes  

yogurt sauce Ingredients:


Day 3: Lemon Chicken Salad 

Total time: 30 minutes
    Lemon marinated chicken and a lemony Honey Mustard Vinaigrette, give this salad a fresh, citrus flavor.  Use any greens that are in season, but I especially like multi-colored Romaine for this.

Lemon Chicken Salad  Ingredients:


Day 4: Sausages with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Potatoes

Total time: 35 minutes
     A simple summer dinner, done completely on the grill.  Use your favorite sausage: pork, chicken, turkey, duck... with or without added flavoring (apples, olives, herbs).

Sausages with Roasted Peppers, Onions and Potatoes Ingredients:


OR:  Put potatoes, onions and peppers onto a baking sheet with a lip (my trusty 'pizza' pan) and roast in 400F (200C) oven for 30 minutes.  You can either add sausages after 10 minutes or sauté sausages in large nonstick skillet, browning well on all sides, then cover and continue cooking until done 4 - 8 minutes longer, depending on size (cut one open and look - shouldn't be pink).

OR: Sauté potatoes, onions and peppers and do the sausages on the grill ....enough with the options, you get the picture.

Day 5:  Pasta Salad with Ham, Peas and Celery 

Total time: 25 minutes
      I love creamy pasta salads - made with lots of mayonnaise.  Unfortunately, my good sense tells me that it's not the most healthy way to enjoy summer.  Using a bit of Greek or plain yogurt stretches the mayonnaise while still keeping the flavor.

Pasta Salad with Ham, Peas and Celery Ingredients:


Day 6: Barbecued Chicken Breasts

Total time: 30 minutes
   A quick, savory marinade and a spicy barbecue sauce to finish makes these chicken breasts perfect for a quick summer dinner. Save a bit of barbecue sauce to pour over just before serving.

Barbecued Chicken Breasts Ingredients:


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