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Main Course Menu Plan: Week 10  Spring II

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Day 1: Shrimp, Avocado and Olive Pasta

Total time: 25 minutes
     This is a simple pasta dish. Without a proper 'sauce' all of the individual tastes come through clearly, creating a symphony of well-balanced, fresh, savory flavors.

Shrimp, Avocado and Olive Pasta Ingredients:


Day 2: Brined, Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Total time: 40 minutes  10 minutes earlier 
    Brining keeps meat moist and tender during cooking and is particularly well-suited to pork.  The tenderloin cooks quickly on the barbecue, and the rub adds even more flavors to it. Remember, slightly pink is now okay for pork, and over-cooking can ruin the best efforts....

Brined, Grilled Pork Tenderloin Ingredients:


Day 3: Warm Pasta Salad with Sausage and Peppers

Total time: 25 minutes
   This is a bit of a cross between a hot 'winter' pasta dish and a cold 'summer' salad. Lightly dressed with Balsamic vinegar, it has the taste of a salad with very little oil.

Warm Pasta with Sausage and Peppers Ingredients:


Day 4: Marinated Chicken Breasts, Grilled

Total time: 30 minutes
   This is a simple marinade made with ingredients found in most pantries.  The chicken is great as is, but will also be good tossed with salads or pastas.

Marinated Chicken Breasts Ingredients:


Day 5:  Salad with Turkey, Beans and Feta

Total time: 20 minutes
  I can get small cans of beans so I like to combine different types and colors.  If you only have access to the 15oz (450gr) cans or jars use all 1 type/color... which ever you prefer.  The turkey cooks quickly, either on the BBQ or in a nonstick skillet.

Salad with Turkey, Beans and Feta Ingredients:


Day 6: Orange Glazed Pork Chops  

Total time: 30 minutes
   Ground ginger adds a bit of heat to this marinade, as does the garlic.  Use between the 1/2 and 1 tsp, depending on your love of 'hot'.  Boneless pork chops cook quickly on the barbecue, be careful not to over cook or they will be dry; a wee bit pink in the center is perfect.   

Orange Glazed Pork Chops Ingredients:


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