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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 1, Thursday

Sesame Baked Chicken
Sesame Brown Rice
Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peanut Sauce

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

     An oriental dinner that's not a stir-fry.  It's still easy, though....  I cut the chicken breasts in half the long way to speed up baking time.  We use peanut butter and Teriyaki sauce all through the summer.

Baked Sesame Chicken Strips

Total time: 30 minutes
    These have a lovely, crispy, crunch with a surprise Teriyaki flavor.  I cut each breast into 2 or 3 long strips. They bake faster and have more 'crust'.   If you prefer, you can just use breadcrumbs without the sesame seeds; and spray them with cooking spray, if you have it, rather than drizzling with oil.

Baked Sesame Chicken Strips Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sesame Brown Rice

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.

Sesame Brown Rice Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: You can toast regular sesame seeds in a small, dry, skillet over medium heat for 5 - 7 minutes, until light brown.

Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peanut Sauce 

Total time: 25 minutes
    I love the flavor a little peanut butter adds to a stir-fry.  If you don't normally have it on hand you can leave it out - but add another tsp soy sauce.  This is a cross between a stir-fry and a salad.

Stir-Fried Cabbage with Peanut Sauce  Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking Schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all ingredients and utensils
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, small saucepan with lid, baking
sheet, 3 flattish bowls

Turn oven on, 400F (200C)
Toast sesame seeds, if needed
Shred cabbage
Shred carrot
Slice celery
Cut chicken in half, long way
Put flour in 1 dish

Beat egg, Teriyaki or soy in 1 dish
Mix crumbs, sesame seed in 1 dish
Dip chicken in flour, egg, crumbs
Drizzle with oil, bake
Cook brown rice
Sauté chili powder in large skillet
Add cabbage, carrot, celery, stir-fry
Add soy sauce, stock, cover and cook
Add sesame seeds, oil, soy sauce to rice
Combine peanut butter, vinegar, add to cabbage
Remove chicken
Serve