Wednesday, March 2, 2011
This week's menu
This week's theme was variety. I was working with a core menu of seasonal ingredients, but had clients with different food preferences. Because my menus can be customized to suit individual tastes and dietary needs, I was able to make modifications to each dish while also maintaining a balance of delicious flavors, colors and textures.
One entree was Baked Tofu with Curried Butternut Squash Risotto, Toasted Coconut, and Brussels Sprouts. The risotto is a heavenly, almost decadent, accompaniment to this meal and while one of my clients enjoys its creamy, coconutty taste profile (as do I!), another client requested something lighter, so I made a Mashed Butternut Squash instead.
Another entree this week was Triple Green Tofu made with Asparagus, Green Beans, and Broccoli. For my client with an aversion to green beans, I substituted zucchini. Anything green in this stir-fry works well, since it all gets tossed in a sauce spiced with red pepper flakes that adds a refreshing little kick.
The last entree was Broccoli Rabe, White Beans and Marinara with Fresh Basil on Baked Sundried Tomato Polenta. I like polenta as an alternative to the ubiquitous pasta, and I think the sundried tomatoes add a nice tanginess. Bitter greens are the way to go as we transition to a new season!