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Menu Plan for Summer II: Week 11, Wednesday

Grilled Chicken with Lemon and Herbs
Summer Basmati Rice Pilaf
Sautéed Chard with Tomatoes

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

     At this time of year we have an abundance of herbs in the garden so we use with abandon.  Feel free to use less if you have to buy them, or substitute some dried. And, isn't the Rainbow Chard pretty?

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon and  Fresh Herbs

Total time: 30 minutes
    You can use any combination of herbs you have: more of some and less of others, just try for 4 tbs total.  Cook the chicken a little slower, over indirect heat, to keep them moist and not burn the herbs... too much...
You could use skin-on chicken breasts or thighs and stuff the marinade under the skin.  Cooking time would be longer if they were also bone-in.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Fresh Herbs Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Summer Basmati Rice Pilaf

Total time: 20 minutes
   A simple addition of some tomato and pepper adds flavor and color to Basmati rice.  We're just using bits from other dishes....

Summer Basmati Rice Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Chard with Tomatoes

Total time: 15 minutes
   Chard, or Swiss Chard, is a slightly bitter green, reminiscent of spinach.  Mine is 'Rainbow Chard', thus all the colors.  We added some onion, tomato and basil for a summery flavor.  We cooked the stems just a bit longer than the leaves - but don't be fussy about it.

Sautéed Chard with Tomatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
scissors, small bowl, whisk, dish for marinating,
small saucepan, lid, large skillet barbecue or skillet

Turn on/light barbecue grill if using
Snip herbs
Make marinade, spoon over chicken, set aside
Chop pepper
Chop onion
Sauté pepper, onion for rice
Add rice, sauté
Add stock, cover, cook

Slice chard
Chop tomato - reserving a bit for rice
Start to cook chicken
Sauté onion for chard
Add chard stems. garlic, sauté
Turn chicken
Add chard leaves, tomato, basil, reduce heat
      Pause while stuff cooks
Remove chicken
Fluff rice, add tomato finish
Remove chard
Slice chicken if you like
Serve