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Menu Plan for Spring I: Week 4, Wednesday

Chicken Breasts Balsamic
Quinoa
Broccoli with Green Garlic

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

      Use whatever onion you have left.  Quinoa comes in tan, red and black, but there is no appreciable difference in taste or cooking times.

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:

Quinoa

Total time: 20 minutes
    Quinoa is very high in protein and "contains a balanced set of essential amino acids for humans, making it an unusually complete food" according to Wikipedia.  It's also easy to cook and tasty - what more could we want? You can substitute Basmati or Jasmine rice.

Red Quinoa Ingredients:

 Instructions:

Note: Quinoa comes in black, red and tan.....  At least that's all I've found to date...

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:

 Instructions:

Cooking schedule: 30 minutes
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
medium skillet with lid, small saucepan with lid,
medium saucepan with steamer basket and lid

Brown chicken breasts
Chop onion
Mince all garlic
Slice green garlic / onion
Cut broccoli, steam
Turn chicken breasts

Cook quinoa
Add onion, garlic to chicken
Add vinegar, stock, sugar to chicken, cover, simmer
Dissolve cornstarch in stock, set aside
     Pause while stuff cooks
Remove broccoli, empty pan
Sauté green garlic / onion, garlic
Thicken sauce for chicken
Fluff quinoa
Add broccoli to green garlic / onion, heat through
Serve