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Menu Plan for Fall II: Week 9, Monday

Chicken Stroganoff with Pasta
Roasted Butternut Squash

Cooking time: 35 minutes for menu          Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

     One of my favorite chicken (and pasta) dishes.  This should finish the mushrooms.  We'll finish the butternut squash on Thursday.

Chicken Stroganoff with Pasta

Total time: 30 minutes
    Chicken breast, cut up and quickly cooked, makes a very tender meat for the Stroganoff.  You may never go back to the traditional Beef! I break from tradition again, using Greek yogurt rather than the sour cream.  Greek yogurt is thicker and creamier than regular plain yogurt, but lower in fat and calories than sour cream. 

Chicken Stroganoff with Pasta Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Roasted Butternut Squash Slices with Rosemary

Total time: 35 minutes
    Simple perfection.  Slices of butternut squash, dipped in olive oil, sprinkled with rosemary and a bit of salt and roasted until they start to get crispy and caramelized.

Roasted Butternut Squash Slices with Rosemary 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: 35 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
large skillet with lid, pot and colander for pasta,
food baggie, plate, baking sheet, medium bowl

Turn on oven, 400F (200C)
Put water on high heat for pasta
Slice squash
Mix oil, salt, rosemary
Add squash, stir to coat
Arrange on baking sheet, bake
Slice onion, sauté
Clean, slice mushrooms
Add mushrooms to onion, sauté
Cut chicken

Mix paprika, flour in food bag
Add chicken, shake to coat
Start to cook pasta
Remove mushrooms, onions to plate
Sauté chicken
Return mushrooms, onions to chicken
Add stock, thyme, mustard, stir, cover, simmer
Turn squash
       Pause while stuff cooks
Dissolve cornstarch in water, stir into chicken
Remove chicken from heat, stir in yogurt
Drain pasta, put into bowl
Spoon stroganoff over pasta
Remove butternut squash
Serve