The entire concept of the Weekday Gourmand Meal Planner is to eat fabulous foods all week long. So this recipe for Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork is where this World Tour Week’s menus start off.
Monday’s full menu is: Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork, Rice w/Green Onions & Almonds, Roasted Asian Broccoli
You’ll start by cutting a boneless pork roast into 2 inch chunks or strips on Sunday night. It’ll marinate in the refrigerator until Monday evening when you’re ready to roast it.
I like to package up a little of the marinade and reserve it for basting the pork in the last stages of cooking.
NAN’S TIP: NEVER USE MARINADE THAT’S BEEN IN CONTACT WITH RAW MEAT FOR BASTING DURING THE COOKING PROCESS.
You’ll want to make sure your smoke alarms are in working order! Char Siu Chinese BBQ Pork needs to be roasted at a very high temperature, in fact at least 475°F. And preferably 500°F, if your oven goes that high.
You’ll be turning and basting the meat during the roasting process, but the total time is only 50 minutes flat!
If you’re following the World Tour Week Menu, you’ll be roasting the broccoli with the pork for the last few minutes. Weeknight Gourmand Meal Planner menus are created with efficiency in mind!
NAN’S TIP: LINE YOUR BROILER PAN WITH FOIL AND ADD 1 1/2 CUPS WATER. WHEN THE PORK IS ROASTING, THE WATER WILL REDUCE THE AMOUNT OF SMOKE IT PRODUCES.
You’ll need 3 cups of rice for Friday night’s Crispy Pancetta Rice Cakes with Tomato Basil Relish.
So I want to make sure you know how to properly store your leftover rice in the refrigerator if you choose not to freeze it.
Rice in the refrigerator will last just under a week, but frozen rice has a much longer shelf life. You’ll be able to keep it anywhere from six to eight months in your freezer before it’s no longer usable.
When Wednesday rolls around, you’ll be preparing Asian dumplings for your Weekday Gourmand dinner, with a side of Simple Asian Slaw.
Whether you make Steamed Chinese BBQ Pork Dumplings, Pan-Fried Chinese BBQ Pork Dumplings or both, is totally up to you!
Wow, and that’s only two of the seven Weekday Gourmand Meal Planner menus in the World Tour Week plan! Now, let me tell you a little more about my meal planner series.
I’m thrilled to introduce you to a new series I’ll be featuring here at Ingredients For A Fabulous Life. The Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner features 7 days of gourmet dinner menus, not just one recipe per day.
Periodically I’ll add a new week of fresh and creative gourmet menus and recipes for you to try at home. I think you’ll love the “Weekday Gourmand” meal planning concept I’ve come up with for you.
Not only do you eat fabulous meals every night, my menu plans are created to use up all your ingredients too! Yes, you’ll need some pancetta for WEEKNIGHT BEEF BOURGUIGNON and HARICOTS VERTS WITH SHALLOT- PANCETTA BUTTER on Thursday.
But you’ll use up the rest making CRISPY PANCETTA RICE FRITTERS WITH TOMATO BASIL RELISH the very next day. It’s just that simple!
So, now you’ve got an arsenal filled with 15 fabulous weeknight gourmet recipes. That’s great, but how do you work the “menu plan” itself?
Here’s where my printable Weekday Gourmand’s 9 Page Meal Planner comes into play. Below is a list of the components of the Weekday Gourmand’s planner. This is exactly and how it will help you have a stress-free week of gourmet meals. I’ve done all the thinking, planning and calculating for the whole week’s menu, so you won’t have to.
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NOTE: IF YOU WANT A CRISPIER FINAL BBQ, POP THE PORK UNDER THE BROILER FOR A FEW MINUTES AFTER IT'S FINISHED COOKING.
Calorie and fat counts will vary with amount of marinade used and portion sizes.