Mushroom Butternut Barley Risotto is a perfect addition to the “World Tour Week’s” Menu!
Just as flavorful as it is filled will the colors of Autumn, Mushroom Butternut Barley Risotto makes a lovely Fall vegetarian meal!
Roasting any kind of squash, but especially butternut, turns it into an absolute taste sensation! Especially if you toss your chunks of squash in extra-virgin olive oil, salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar! They come out with crispy edges and get slightly caramelized. YUM!
You’ll be making more barley than you’ll need for the risotto, because that’s all part of the Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner! Since barley takes time to cook, I have you do that as part of the post-shopping prep before the week begins.
You’ll tuck a portion of the plain cooked barley into the refrigerator to make Beef Bourguignon Barley Soup for Saturday night dinner. It’s served with crunchy and gooey Blue Cheese Toasts for a fast and delicious gourmet weekend repast!
You’ll find the recipe card for Mushroom Butternut Barley Risotto at the bottom of this post.
Dessert, of course! Another one of your tasks for “post-shopping prep” will be to make a luscious Homemade Salted Caramel Sauce!
It’s fast and simple to make, and CAN last in your refrigerator for up to 4 weeks, but I warn you, it WON’T!
Rich and buttery, this silky smooth caramel sauce is perfect with just a pinch of fluer de sel to give it a fabulous “finish”! Served over fresh pineapple spears with your risotto, it’s a fabulous ending to your Weekday Gourmand meal.
Ahh, now that’s the question to be answered! In order to have a steaming bowl of soup on Saturday evening, you’ve got to make Weeknight Beef Bourguignon on Thursday!
The recipe for Weeknight Beef Bourguignon comes together from beginning to end in just under an hour! That’s exactly why I chose it as a World Tour Week recipe of the Weekday Gourmand’s Meal Planner.
You’ll make it on Thursday with Overnight Thyme Parmesan Polenta and Haricots Verts with Pancetta Shallot Butter. I shared a picture of the dinner plate with you below.
Keep reading to see what’s on the rest of the World Tour Week’s menu. If you’re serious about eating fabulous dinners all week long, then you’ll love my Weekday Gourmand’s Menu 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 CAKES 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?
I created my printable Weekday Gourmand’s 9 Page Meal Planner to help you execute the entire week’s menus. Here’s what it contains, 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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Calorie and fat counts will vary according to specific ingredients used in recipe and portion sizes.