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Menu Plan for Fall I: Week 3, Wednesday

Baked Chicken with Mustard Crust
Brown Rice with Herbs
Butternut Squash Patties

Cooking time:  40 minutes for menu           Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

          I have never been fond of deep-fat frying. I've always liked the food but not the fat (or the mess of doing it myself). My solution?  Figure out how to do it in the oven with a minimum of oil. It may not be exactly the same; but, usually, it's equally delicious!  

Baked Chicken Breasts with Mustard Crust  

Total time: 40 minutes
  The key to giving these a crispy crust is to drizzle them with olive oil after breading, before baking.  You could also spray them with olive oil or other cooking spray if you have it.  The crust keeps the chicken moist and the mustard adds an unexpected hint of savory sharpness.

Baked Chicken Breasts with Mustard Crust Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Brown Rice with Herbs

Total time: 20 minutes    or whatever your package says
      I use 'Uncle Ben's' which is all I can get and it is quick cooking.  It looks like brown Basmati and cooks in 15 minutes.

Brown Rice with Herbs Ingredients: 

 Instructions:

Butternut Squash Patties

Total time: 30 minutes
    Shredded butternut squash, with a bit of egg to hold it together, fried until crisp.

Butternut Squash Patties Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note:  To clean butternut squash first peel it, using a potato/vegetable peeler.  If it's large (typically) cut it in half between the 'neck' and 'bowl' ends.  Then cut those in half the 'long' way.  Scoop the seeds out of the round end and discard.  I use the neck end for uniform pieces and the bowl end for soups and smaller pieces.

Cooking schedule: 40 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
small bowl, 2 flattish bowls or plates, baking sheet,
small saucepan with lid, medium bowl, whisk, grater,
large skillet
Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Mix mustard, etc. put in flattish bowl
Put crumbs on plate
Roll breasts in mustard, then crumbs
Oil baking sheet, lay breasts on oil
Drizzle or spray with oil,  bake
Grate Parmesan

Clean squash if needed, shred
Whisk egg
Add mustard, crumbs, Parmesan, salt, pepper, whisk
Add squash, stir well
Divide into 4ths, add to large skillet, sauté
Cook rice
      10 minute break
Back?   Turn squash patties
Snip herbs
    Pause while stuff finishes
Check rice, add herbs, fluff
Finish squash
Remove chicken and serve all