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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 2, Wednesday

Sautéed Chicken Breasts Balsamic
O'Brian Potatoes
Snow peas with Shallots

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

    I love cooking with both red and white Balsamic vinegars.  I often have 2 on hand: a very nice one for salads and a less expensive one for hot dishes.  They add a tangy flavor without being overpowering...  Cutting it with a bit of sugar is purely optional.   

Chicken Breasts Balsamic

Total time: 25 minutes
    The little bit of brown sugar tempers the vinegar nicely.  If you don't have Balsamic you can use sherry or red wine vinegar - but increase the sugar to 2 tsp.  I cut the chicken breasts in half for a nicer serving portion.

Balsamic Chicken Breasts Ingredients:

 Instructions:

O'Brian Potatoes

Total time: 30 minutes
    Fried potatoes take on a new interest with the addition of chopped onion and bell pepper.  A simple dish to accompany flavorful meat or fish. Use any color or combination of peppers you have on hand.

O'Brian Potatoes Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Sautéed Snow Peas (mangetout, pea pods) with Browned Shallots

Total time: 25 minutes
     Another of those fleeting spring vegetables.  They cook quickly and are more versatile than 'just for stir-fries'.  If they are small, leave them whole.  If they are large (2", 5cm) cut in half of thirds, at an angle.

Snow Peas with Browned Shallots Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
2 medium skillets, large skillet with lid

Peel all onions, shallots, garlic
Chop onion for potatoes, sauté
Chop pepper, add to onion
Brown chicken breasts
Slice shallots, sauté
Cut potatoes
Turn chicken breasts
Remove onion, pepper
Sauté potatoes

Chop 1/2 onion, add to chicken
Mince garlic, add to chicken
Mind the shallots
Add vinegar, stock, sugar to chicken, cover
Mind the potatoes
Trim snow peas, cut if needed
Dissolve cornstarch in stock, set aside
Return onion, pepper to potatoes
Add snow peas to shallots
      Pause while everything cooks
Thicken sauce for chicken
Finish potatoes, mangetout
Serve