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Menu Plan for Summer I: Week 7, Monday

Grilled Chicken Tarragon
Quinoa and Avocado Salad
Tomato Garlic Salad

Cooking time: 30 minutes for menu        Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     Avocados have been so cheap and plentiful this summer that we are eating more of them then usual.  I added one to the quinoa, with a bit of vinaigrette, making an impromptu, warm salad. Any Clafoutis left?

Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts

Total time: 30 minutes
     Tarragon is a great herb for chicken, and a classic pairing in French cuisine.  When basting with a marinade, stop about 5 minutes before taking the meat off the heat, and turn the meat a final time to make certain the marinade is cooked.

Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Quinoa and Avocado Salad

Total time: 20 minutes
   Quinoa is very high in protein and "contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food" according to Wikipedia.  The avocado adds a creamy, luscious, element to the quinoa, (even if the color was a little strange).  You can substitute Basmati or Jasmine rice.

Quinoa and Avocado Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Tomato Garlic Salad 

Total time: 10 minutes 
   I prefer to make this with cherry or grape tomatoes (from my garden) but any, fresh, vine-ripened tomato will work.  I make it on Sunday, we have some every night and I just add more tomatoes to it all week as they ripen, - starting fresh whenever we finish it all... 

Tomato Garlic Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, whisk, small bowl, medium bowl, bowl for
tomato salad, dish to marinate, small saucepan with
lid, barbecue grill and tools OR nonstick skillet
Snip all herbs, divide
Make marinade, pour over chicken
Turn on/light barbecue grill
Start to cook quinoa
Mince garlic, put into bowl with oil
Cut tomatoes in half, add to garlic

Add herbs, salt to tomatoes, stir
Start to cook chicken
Make vinaigrette
Cut, pit avocado, slice
Add avocado, chives to vinaigrette, stir
Turn chicken
Mind quinoa, when done uncover, fluff
Remove chicken, let rest
Combine quinoa with avocado, stir gently
Slice chicken
Stir tomatoes
Serve... any clafoutis left?