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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 September 16, 2019

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

                      You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

                      We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

                      The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

                      Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

                      1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

                      Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

                      For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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                      • (1) Research
                      • (2) Deciding the topic
                      • (3) Creating the outline
                      • (4) Drafting the content
                      • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
                      • (6) Revision
                      • (7) etc.

                      Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

                      2. Change Your Environment

                      Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

                      One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

                      3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

                      Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

                      Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

                      My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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                      Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

                      4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

                      If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

                      Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

                      I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

                      5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

                      I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

                      Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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                      As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

                      6. Get a Buddy

                      Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

                      I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

                      7. Tell Others About Your Goals

                      This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

                      For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

                      8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

                      What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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                      9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

                      If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

                      Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

                      10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

                      Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

                      Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

                      11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

                      At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

                      Reality check:

                      I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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