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Back to school, the month of august

The best flavors come from eating in season.  The taste of a strawberry in winter is nowhere close to

what it's like in spring peak season.  I encourage you to eat within the season and enjoy this month's harvest!

Weeknight Dinners for the Health Conscious of Charlottesville, Virginia

Based on your preferences, each week a seasonal menu is offered from which you choose three complete meals.

Because of allergies, food preferences and dietary lifestyles, there is no set menu for each week.

Chef Virginia considers the family or individual's needs and creates a unique menu for each of them. 

Weeknight Dinners:  Late summer main dishes popular right now

Chicken & Basil Pesto Pasta: whole-wheat pasta, shredded chicken, diced cucumber, grape tomatoes, basil pesto

Honey-Mustard Pork Tenderloin + Tabbouleh: bulgur, fresh mint, parsley, lemon, cucumber, tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper

Falafel Pockets: baked balls of chickpeas and spices served stuffed with pita pockets, tzatziki, shredded Romaine, tomatoes

Herbed Chicken with Pineapple Salsa + Chickpea Feta Salad: mixed greens, tomato, seasoned chickpeas, cucumber, feta, vinaigrette

Shrimp Fajitas: sauteed shrimp, bell pepper, mushroom and onion served with flour tortillas and salsa

Steak Burritos: spice-rubbed sirloin, Spanish rice, pinto beans and Monterey Jack ready to roll into flour tortillas

Mexican Turkey Burgers: grilled seasoned turkey patties, whole-wheat burger buns, guacamole, chips, grilled corn on the cob

Tofu Lettuce Wraps: lettuce leaves, carrot, cilantro, dipping sauce with filling of tofu, mushroom, scallion, soy sauce, water chestnuts

Lamb Burgers w Mint Pesto + Sweet Potato Salad: potato, scallion, celery, cucumber, cilantro, sunflower seeds, lemon, Greek yogurt

Steak Gyros: pita pockets served with ready-to-grill marinated flank steak, caramelized onions, tzatziki, shredded lettuce and tomato

Grilled Herb Marinated Pork Chops + Couscous Salad: couscous, lemon-Dijon dressing, arugula, fresh mint, peas, pistachios, feta

Roasted Chickpea & Broccoli Burritos: flour tortillas served with filling of red bell pepper, broccoli and chickpeas roasted with spices

Tuna Niçoise: mixed greens, tomato, potato, green beans, hardboiled eggs, nicoise olives, capers, sliced tuna, herb dressing

Turkey Tacos: flour tortillas, seasoned ground turkey, refried beans, shredded lettuce, grated Cheddar, salsa

Cobb Salad: Romaine , baked chicken, boiled egg, avocado, blue cheese, crumbled bacon, tomato, sherry vinaigrette

Pork Fried Rice: peanut oil stir-fried brown rice, teriyaki pork, petit green peas, diced carrots, onion, scrambled egg

Turkey Enchiladas: seasoned ground turkey rolled in corn tortillas with enchilada sauce, green chilies, olives, Monterey Jack cheese

Salmon Caesar Salad: Romaine, herbed croutons, Parmesan and Caesar dressing with poached salmon  
Bourbon Marinated Filet Mignon + Ratatouille: sauteed eggplant, yellow bell pepper, zucchini, tomato, garlic, Italian spices

Chicken Fingers & Mac n Cheese:  babysitter's night of chicken cutlets baked with mustard, panko and Parmesan served with honey-mustard sauce and casserole of white elbow pasta, Gruyere, extra sharp Cheddar and Bechamel sauce