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Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 10, Monday

Grilled Marinated Chicken
Brown Rice Pilaf
Lettuce Tomato Salad with Creamy Herb Dressing

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

     We eat a lot of salads in summer.  The Creamy Yogurt Dressing is a favorite and keeps about a week in the fridge.

Marinated Chicken Breasts, Grilled

Total time: 30 minutes
   This is a simple marinade made with ingredients found in most pantries.  The chicken is great as is, but will also be good tossed with salads or pastas.

Marinated Chicken Breasts Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Brown Rice Pilaf

Total time: 30 minutes
      I use Uncle Ben's Brown Rice which looks like brown Basmati and cooks quickly, in about 15 minutes.  If you can't find a quick cooking brown rice and don't want to wait for the traditional to cook in 40 minutes (or so) you can substitute white Basmati which also cooks in about 15 minutes.  Look for the brown, though, better flavor and more nutrition.

Brown Rice Pilaf Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Lettuce Salad with Creamy Dressing and Cherry Tomatoes  

Total time: 10 minutes
   This is a small side salad: to round out the meal.  You can add bits of anything you have on hand; we're using some cherry tomatoes and a bit of cheese.  The yogurt dressing is similar to 'Ranch'.... but without all the unpronounceable ingredients...

Lettuce Salad with Creamy Dressing Ingredients:

 Instructions

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
2 small bowls, whisk, marinating dish, medium
bowl, small saucepan, lid, barbecue grill / skillet

Light/turn on barbecue grill if using
Mix marinade for chicken
Pour marinade over chicken, set aside
Chop onion, carrot, pepper
Put rice, stock, vegetables, soy sauce in pan
Cover, cook

Prepare lettuce
Slice tomatoes
Snip all herbs
Make creamy Herb Dressing
Start to cook chicken
      Pause while stuff cooks
Turn the chicken
Mind the rice
Make the salad
Remove chicken, slice if you like
Finish Pilaf, serve