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Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Weekly Menu I - Memorial Day Week

Some days I like to make decisions and some days I just want to be told what to do - something about too many decisions makes my head hurt. I offer the following as a guide. If you hate a dish or an ingredient, be sure to substitute for the things you do like.

Monday - Memorial Day
'Dogs and 'Burgers, of course!

To Do for Next Day:
Follow recipe for Cinnamon-Spiced Rubbed Pork Chops
Total time: 5 minutes

Tuesday - Rubbed Pork Chops, Couscous, and Green Beans
Take chops out of the fridge to rest while you change clothes, greet family, wash hands, etc. And...preheat the broiler or set-up BBQ

Pour about 1/2 cup of maple syrup into a bowl. With a fork used to whisk, slowly pour into the bowl 2 tsp. of vanilla extract. Mix well and set aside.
Total time: 2 minutes

Make Couscous as directed on the Near East pkg.

Place chops onto broiler pan and brush with syrup mixture on top side. Broil for 5 minutes (about 5-6 minutes per inch/per side) and flip. Brush mixture on second side and broil for another 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare Bird's Eye Green Beans in the Steamer Pouch as directed in the microwave


To Do for Thursday's Dinner:Open a bottle of Soy Vay. Shake well. Take out skirt steak from the fridge and lightly score all over with a knife. Place steak in large ziploc and pour about 1/2 of the bottle into the bag. Seal well and shake to coat steak. Refrigerate.

Total time: 3 minutes

Wednesday - Pasta with Ricotta and Sauce
Put water up over high heat - enough for 1 lb. of pasta. Place lid on the pot and sit with family, change clothes, etc.

Pour (purchased or homemade) tomato sauce into a saucepan and simmer on low heat. Stir once or twice.

Once water boils, throw in a large pinch of Kosher salt and the box of pasta. Stir well and often. Cook about 10-14 minutes. Drain well - do not rinse!

Place a good-sized spoonful of Ricotta Cheese on top of your bowl of pasta and sauce for added protein. Mix well and serve with grated cheese.

If you have time and energy serve with a green salad.
Total time: 25 minutes

Thursday - Skirt Steak with Baked Potato and Veggies
Take steak out of the fridge while you change, play with family and wash-up. Preheat broiler (if you're able to do this on the BBQ, even better - less clean-up!)

Prepare the frozen veggies as directed. (about 5 minutes)

Take out one potato per person and wash well. Pierce several times with a fork. Wrap each wet potato in a paper towel and put into the microwave for about 8-10 minutes. Check often.

Once potatoes go into the microwave, broil steaks about 4 minutes per side.

Let rest for 3 minutes before slicing.

Friday - Order out!

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