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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 January 21, 2020

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      The Best Way to Create a Vision for the Life You Want

                      Creating a vision for your life might seem like a frivolous, fantastical waste of time, but it’s not: creating a compelling vision of the life you want is actually one of the most effective strategies for achieving the life of your dreams. Perhaps the best way to look at the concept of a life vision is as a compass to help guide you to take the best actions and make the right choices that help propel you toward your best life.

                      your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have

                        Why You Need a Vision

                        Experts and life success stories support the idea that with a vision in mind, you are more likely to succeed far beyond what you could otherwise achieve without a clear vision. Think of crafting your life vision as mapping a path to your personal and professional dreams. Life satisfaction and personal happiness are within reach. The harsh reality is that if you don’t develop your own vision, you’ll allow other people and circumstances to direct the course of your life.

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                        How to Create Your Life Vision

                        Don’t expect a clear and well-defined vision overnight—envisioning your life and determining the course you will follow requires time, and reflection. You need to cultivate vision and perspective, and you also need to apply logic and planning for the practical application of your vision. Your best vision blossoms from your dreams, hopes, and aspirations. It will resonate with your values and ideals, and will generate energy and enthusiasm to help strengthen your commitment to explore the possibilities of your life.

                        What Do You Want?

                        The question sounds deceptively simple, but it’s often the most difficult to answer. Allowing yourself to explore your deepest desires can be very frightening. You may also not think you have the time to consider something as fanciful as what you want out of life, but it’s important to remind yourself that a life of fulfillment does not usually happen by chance, but by design.

                        It’s helpful to ask some thought-provoking questions to help you discover the possibilities of what you want out of life. Consider every aspect of your life, personal and professional, tangible and intangible. Contemplate all the important areas, family and friends, career and success, health and quality of life, spiritual connection and personal growth, and don’t forget about fun and enjoyment.

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                        Some tips to guide you:

                        • Remember to ask why you want certain things
                        • Think about what you want, not on what you don’t want.
                        • Give yourself permission to dream.
                        • Be creative. Consider ideas that you never thought possible.
                        • Focus on your wishes, not what others expect of you.

                        Some questions to start your exploration:

                        • What really matters to you in life? Not what should matter, what does matter.
                        • What would you like to have more of in your life?
                        • Set aside money for a moment; what do you want in your career?
                        • What are your secret passions and dreams?
                        • What would bring more joy and happiness into your life?
                        • What do you want your relationships to be like?
                        • What qualities would you like to develop?
                        • What are your values? What issues do you care about?
                        • What are your talents? What’s special about you?
                        • What would you most like to accomplish?
                        • What would legacy would you like to leave behind?

                        It may be helpful to write your thoughts down in a journal or creative vision board if you’re the creative type. Add your own questions, and ask others what they want out of life. Relax and make this exercise fun. You may want to set your answers aside for a while and come back to them later to see if any have changed or if you have anything to add.

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                        What Would Your Best Life Look Like?

                        Describe your ideal life in detail. Allow yourself to dream and imagine, and create a vivid picture. If you can’t visualize a picture, focus on how your best life would feel. If you find it difficult to envision your life 20 or 30 years from now, start with five years—even a few years into the future will give you a place to start. What you see may surprise you. Set aside preconceived notions. This is your chance to dream and fantasize.

                        A few prompts to get you started:

                        • What will you have accomplished already?
                        • How will you feel about yourself?
                        • What kind of people are in your life? How do you feel about them?
                        • What does your ideal day look like?
                        • Where are you? Where do you live? Think specifics, what city, state, or country, type of community, house or an apartment, style and atmosphere.
                        • What would you be doing?
                        • Are you with another person, a group of people, or are you by yourself?
                        • How are you dressed?
                        • What’s your state of mind? Happy or sad? Contented or frustrated?
                        • What does your physical body look like? How do you feel about that?
                        • Does your best life make you smile and make your heart sing? If it doesn’t, dig deeper, dream bigger.

                        It’s important to focus on the result, or at least a way-point in your life. Don’t think about the process for getting there yet—that’s the next stepGive yourself permission to revisit this vision every day, even if only for a few minutes. Keep your vision alive and in the front of your mind.

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                        Plan Backwards

                        It may sound counter-intuitive to plan backwards rather than forwards, but when you’re planning your life from the end result, it’s often more useful to consider the last step and work your way back to the first. This is actually a valuable and practical strategy for making your vision a reality.

                        • What’s the last thing that would’ve had to happen to achieve your best life?
                        • What’s the most important choice you would’ve had to make?
                        • What would you have needed to learn along the way?
                        • What important actions would you have had to take?
                        • What beliefs would you have needed to change?
                        • What habits or behaviors would you have had to cultivate?
                        • What type of support would you have had to enlist?
                        • How long will it have taken you to realize your best life?
                        • What steps or milestones would you have needed to reach along the way?

                        Now it’s time to think about your first step, and the next step after that. Ponder the gap between where you are now and where you want to be in the future. It may seem impossible, but it’s quite achievable if you take it step-by-step.

                        It’s important to revisit this vision from time to time. Don’t be surprised if your answers to the questions, your technicolor vision, and the resulting plans change. That can actually be a very good thing; as you change in unforeseeable ways, the best life you envision will change as well. For now, it’s important to use the process, create your vision, and take the first step towards making that vision a reality.

                        Featured photo credit: Matt Noble via unsplash.com

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