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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 12, Wednesday

Grilled Chicken Aioli
Sesame Basmati Rice
Spinach Salad

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

      Garlicky Chicken Aioli, with just the hint of the Orient, pairs well with Sesame Basmati. A simple salad of Spinach and Almonds rounds out this summer dinner.   If you have Creamy Herb Dressing left, use that rather than making the Vinaigrette.

Grilled Chicken Aioli

Total time: 30 minutes
  The marinade is quite thick and adds lots of flavor to the chicken.  It also protects it from drying out on the grill. It makes a nice presentation to slice the breasts, thinly, at an angle to serve.  

Grilled Chicken Aioli Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sesame Basmati Rice

Total time: 20 minutes 
   Something as easy as a bit of soy sauce, some sherry and a sprinkling of sesame seeds can elevate simple Basmati rice to a gourmet level.

Sesame Basmati Rice Ingredients:

 Instructions:

To toast sesame seeds:  Put them into a dry, nonstick skillet over medium heat.  Toss or stir them about in the pan until lightly golden, about 5 minutes.

Spinach Salad

Total time: 15 minutes 
   A heart-healthy salad, that's also good for the eyes (spinach: lutein) and the bones (spinach, almonds and cheese: calcium).  Plus it's delicious!  What more can we ask for?

Spinach Salad Ingredients:

 Instructions

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl (used 2 X), whisk, dish for marinating,
salad spinner, salad bowl, small saucepan with lid,
tongs, barbecue grill, skillet for sesame seeds
Turn on/light barbecue grill if using
Mix marinade
Put chicken in dish, spoon marinade over, set aside
Sauté rice

Add stock, soy sauce, sherry to rice, cover. cook
Prepare spinach
Start to cook chicken
Toast sesame seeds if needed
    Pause while stuff cooks
Turn chicken
Make vinaigrette if needed (or use Creamy Herb)
Make salad
Fluff rice, add sesame seeds
Remove chicken, slice, serve