Menu Plan for Spring II: Week 5, Day 5


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Sweet and Sour Chicken
Barley with Chives
Broccoli with Green Garlic

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

     Chicken breasts, simmered in a sweet and pungent red wine sauce, barley and broccoli... Easy

Sweet and Sour Chicken

Total time: 30 minutes
     This is based on the Chinese Sweet and Pungent sauces, but with red wine and without the soy sauce.  A simple, skillet chicken.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Ingredients:


Barley with Chives

Total time: 20 minutes
   Barley is not just for soup!  It's a hearty, nutritious grain; easy to cook and flavorful.  I get the quick-cooking barley which takes about 15 minutes.  Cooked in chicken stock and finished with a bit of oil and fresh herbs, it's chewy texture is a fun change from rice or pasta.

Barley with Chives Ingredients:


Broccoli with Green Garlic

Total time: 20 minutes
     Green garlic and olive oil are a simple finish with fresh, spring flavors.

Broccoli with Green Garlic Ingredients:


Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet with lid, medium saucepan with
steamer basket and lid, small saucepan with lid
Chop onion, sauté
Cut chicken
Move onions to side, add chicken, brown
Cut broccoli, steam
Slice green garlic
Turn chicken
Cook barley

Add wine, stock, vinegar to chicken, boil
Snip chives, basil
Add sugar, bay to chicken, stir, cover, simmer
      Pause while stuff cooks
Remove broccoli
Empty water, add oil, heat
Add green garlic, sauté
Dissolve cornstarch in water
Fluff barley, add herbs, oil, stir
Add broccoli to green garlic, stir
Remove bay leaf, stir in cornstarch

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