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10 Sinfully Easy Chinese Food Recipes

10 Sinfully Easy Chinese Food Recipes

Chinese food is deliciously simple and extremely nutritious. Purchase a rice cooker, to add rice to every meal if and when desired. The interior is non-stick and the little pots are easy to clean. There are a number of styles associated with Chinese cuisine, including Cantonese, Shanghai, and Szechuan. Chinese noodles and steamed vegetables are also popular additions to Chinese dishes.  These easy Chinese recipes are often quickly prepared in less than thirty minutes.  Chicken is often the star ingredient.

1.  Chicken Lettuce Wraps

This most delicious recipe is simple to prepare and has very, very easy clean up.  It is very similar to P. F. Chang’s.  Tod Wilbur unlocked and has shared a very similar restaurant version of his Chicken Lettuce Wraps.  Very healthy and low cal!  Ready in minutes.

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    2.  Ginger Beef

    This great recipe is wonderfully filling and takes very little time to prepare.  It has a bit of crunch and is simply delicious.   Ginger Beef is easy to prepare and ready to serve in mere minutes.

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      3. Fried Rice

      This dish can serve as a side or be presented as the main course.  It also takes care of every grain of leftover rice.  Fried Rice
      does not take long to prepare and the meal is very satisfying.

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        4.  Sesame Chicken

        Many Chinese recipes use chicken as the main ingredient and Sesame Chicken  is no exception.  Simple, delicious, and remarkably easy to prepare this recipe serves six.  Serve over regular or fried rice, this recipe is also quite spicy.

         

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          5. Chicken Pineapple

          Chicken Pineapple  is a sweet and sour dish and is absolutely delicious.  Marinade overnight to save ten minutes in prep time.  Serve over rice with steamed vegetables.

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            6. Shanghai Noodles:

            Shanghai Noodles are usually served as a side to either beef, pork, or chicken.  There is also the option of serving these noodles as the main course.  Easily prepared in under thirty minutes.

             

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              7. Beef and Broccoli

              Beef and Broccoli is delightedly easy to prepare and serve. Use flank or cubed steak for this filling meal.  Ready-to-eat in only minutes, serve atop steamed rice.

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                8. Chicken With Black Pepper Sauce

                Chicken with Black Pepper Sauce is a favorite at Chinese buffets.  Now the equivalent can be made in the convenience of the home.  Simple, delicious, and very filling.

                 

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                  9. Lemon Chicken

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                  Lemon Chicken is best served over steamed rice.  Other side options are rice noodles or fried rice.  This recipe is also great for those who love garlic and it takes very little time to prepare.

                   

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                    10. Mandarin Chicken

                    Mandarin Chicken takes a bit longer to prepare, but is very much worth the wait.  Very easy to prepare.  Serve with steamed vegetables and steamed rice.

                     

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                      Total Time: 40 mins

                      Prep Time: 30 mins

                      Cook Time: 10 mins

                      Serves: Four

                      Ingredients:

                      • 1 whole boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into bite-size equal pieces (easier to cut when partially frozen)
                      • vegetable oil cooking spray
                      • 2/3 cup sugar (or less, according to taste)
                      • 1/4 cup soy sauce
                      • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
                      • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
                      • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh garlic
                      • 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
                      • 1/4 cup water
                      • 4 teaspoons cornstarch

                      Directions:

                      • Spray chicken breasts with vegetable oil spray.
                      • Grill chicken breasts 4-6 mins per side or until done (chicken should be brown in spots).
                      • Combine sugar, soy sauce, lemon juice, oil, garlic and ginger in a small saucepan.
                      • Heat over medium until sugar is dissolved, stirring often.
                      • Bring to boil.
                      • Combine cornstarch and water.
                      • Add to sauce pan, stirring often.
                      • Reduce heat and simmer 4-6 mins or until sauce thickens.
                      • Pour chicken into a large frying pan over medium heat.
                      • Heat until chicken sizzles, then reduce heat and pour sauce over the chicken.
                      • Heat through.
                      • Serve over white rice.

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                      Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on the small tasks.

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                      2. Take a break from your work desk.

                      Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                      Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                      3. Upgrade yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a friend.

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                      Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                      Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                      6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                      7. Read a book (or blog).

                      The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                      Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                      8. Have a quick nap.

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                      9. Remember why you are doing this.

                      Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                      What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                      10. Find some competition.

                      Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                      Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                      11. Go exercise.

                      Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                      Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                      As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                      Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                      12. Take a good break.

                      Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                      Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                      Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                      Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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