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15 Simple, Delicious Ways to Prepare Chicken

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15 Simple, Delicious Ways to Prepare Chicken

If you run your household in any way like mine, one of the words that comes to mind to describe it would probably be “hectic”, or something in that nature.  Everybody is running on different schedules, and lack of sleep, and structure can make it pretty stressful.

With everything that is going on in our busy lives, me and my lovely girlfriend never hesitate to sit down at the dinner table, and have a good meal at the end of it all.  When preparing a meal, I try to factor in the cost of the meal, making sure its healthy, and of course making sure it tastes good.  With that in mind we eat a lot of chicken.

Chicken can be really simple to prepare, tends to be more lean compared to beef, and pork, but the challenge is finding different ways to prepare it, other than using ‘Shake N Bake’.  I have compiled 15 of my families favorite recipes on how to prepare a tasty, and healthy chicken dinner.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

    This recipe has a delicious, unique flavor to it, if you are a fan of honey mustard.  You can even make it easier on yourself, and use straight up honey mustard, rather than combining the two separate items.  Although I recommend a Dijon Mustard, it is good either way.  Serve it up with some fries, and macaroni and cheese, and you have yourself a simple, yet delicious meal.
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    Baked Chicken Nuggets

      Who doesn’t love chicken nuggets?  I prefer these over the kinds in the bag any day.  They have more flavor, the chicken isn’t processed, and they don’t require too much time, or money.
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      Good Ol’ BBQ Chicken

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        This is probably one of my favorite recipes for barbecue chicken.  The homemade sauce is to die for, and the ingredients can be found in most kitchens.  You can always use store bought sauce, but you would be missing out if you did.
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        Pantry Raid Chicken Casserole 

          This is a text book example of last minute cooking.  When I first stumbled across this recipe, I was shocked that I had all of the ingredients to my disposal.  This is another big favorite at my house, and since it is a casserole, you don’t really have to worry about a side! Another perfect last minute dish for the typical busy body.
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          Chicken and Dumplings

          Quick Chicken and Dumplings

            My grandma was famous for her secret recipe, and this is the closest I could find to hers so far.  I especially love making this because its one of those dishes that you can leave on the oven at a low temperature, and eat off of all day.
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            Oven Fried Chicken

              I have to admit, I was a little hesitant to try this recipe, but now I am hooked.  Its just as good as deep fried chicken, its a lot less messy, and a whole lot better for you.
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              Garlic Cheddar Chicken

                This tasty dish is dunked in garlic butter, breaded, and cheesed to perfection.  This ingredients for this dish are pretty common around the house as well.  This will surely please even the pickiest eater in your home.
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                Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

                  This is a good recipe for a home made chicken noodle soup.  Its a very simple to prepare, and very delicious.  Its not made entirely from scratch, but it sure tops all of the condensed soups.
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                  Chicken Parmigiana

                    This is a very easy to follow recipe, and makes for a very good dinner.  I suggest this recipe highly.
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                    Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

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                    Chicken Wild Rice Soup I Recipe

                      I usually make this one in the slow cooker after I get out of work in the mornings, before I go to bed.  A neat thing about this recipe, is you can tweak it almost however you choose, and it always turns out amazing.
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                      Garlic Cheese Chicken Roll Ups

                        This is almost the same as the garlic cheddar chicken, except how its prepared.  They have a different way of hitting your taste buds though, and I recommend you try them both, and you can be the judge between them.
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                        BBQ Chicken Pizza

                        BBQ Chicken Pizza Recipe

                          BBQ chicken pizza is by far my favorite kind of pizza, and this recipe is a good way of confirming that.
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                          Chicken Tortilla Soup

                            The first time I’ve tried this was at a local sandwich shop that my sister works at, and I instantly fell in love.  This soup is good either mild, or spicy.  Experiment with that a little bit when trying this recipe!
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                            Sweet and Sour Chicken

                              I stumbled across this recipe one day when I was craving Chinese food one day, and became hooked.  The home made sauce for this is to die for, but you could just as easily substitute it with store bought if you are short on time.
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                              White Bean Chicken Chili

                                I prefer this kind of chili over traditional chili, and this is my favorite recipe by far.  I like to spice this one up a bit, and throw in some jalapeno peppers to the mix.
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                                Life is too short to not have a good dinner at the end of your day.  You owe it to yourself to a hot meal after a hard day, and these recipes are a good start. Go ahead, and try a few of them at the end of your long day.  Sit back, relax, and eat up my friend.

                                 

                                 

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                                Last Updated on December 2, 2021

                                The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

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                                The Importance of Making a Camping Checklist

                                Camping can be hard work, but it’s the preparation that’s even harder. There are usually a lot of things to do in order to make sure that you and your family or friends have the perfect camping experience. But sometimes you might get to your destination and discover that you have left out one or more crucial things.

                                There is no dispute that preparation and organization for a camping trip can be quite overwhelming, but if it is done right, you would see at the end of the day, that it was worth the stress. This is why it is important to ensure optimum planning and execution. For this to be possible, it is advised that in addition to a to-do-list, you should have a camping checklist to remind you of every important detail.

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                                Why You Should Have a Camping Checklist

                                Creating a camping checklist makes for a happy and always ready camper. It also prevents mishaps.  A proper camping checklist should include every essential thing you would need for your camping activities, organized into various categories such as shelter, clothing, kitchen, food, personal items, first aid kit, informational items, etc. These categories should be organized by importance. However, it is important that you should not list more than you can handle or more than is necessary for your outdoor adventure.

                                Camping checklists vary depending on the kind of camping and outdoor activities involved. You should not go on the internet and compile a list of just any camping checklist. Of course, you can research camping checklists, but you have to put into consideration the kind of camping you are doing. It could be backpacking, camping with kids, canoe camping, social camping, etc. You have to be specific and take note of those things that are specifically important to your trip, and those things which are generally needed in all camping trips no matter the kind of camping being embarked on.

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                                Here are some tips to help you prepare for your next camping trip.

                                1. First off, you must have found the perfect campground that best suits your outdoor adventure. If you haven’t, then you should. Sites like Reserve America can help you find and reserve a campsite.
                                2. Find or create a good camping checklist that would best suit your kind of camping adventure.
                                3. Make sure the whole family is involved in making out the camping check list or downloading a proper checklist that reflects the families need and ticking off the boxes of already accomplished tasks.
                                4. You should make out or download a proper checklist months ahead of your trip to make room for adjustments and to avoid too much excitement and the addition of unnecessary things.
                                5. Checkout Camping Hacks that would make for a more fun camping experience and prepare you for different situations.

                                Now on to the checklist!

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                                Here is how your checklist should look

                                1. CAMPSITE GEAR

                                • Tent, poles, stakes
                                • Tent footprint (ground cover for under your tent)
                                • Extra tarp or canopy
                                • Sleeping bag for each camper
                                • Sleeping pad for each camper
                                • Repair kit for pads, mattress, tent, tarp
                                • Pillows
                                • Extra blankets
                                • Chairs
                                • Headlamps or flashlights ( with extra batteries)
                                • Lantern
                                • Lantern fuel or batteries

                                2.  KITCHEN

                                • Stove
                                • Fuel for stove
                                • Matches or lighter
                                • Pot
                                • French press or portable coffee maker
                                • Corkscrew
                                • Roasting sticks for marshmallows, hot dogs
                                • Food-storage containers
                                • Trash bags
                                • Cooler
                                • Ice
                                • Water bottles
                                • Plates, bowls, forks, spoons, knives
                                • Cups, mugs
                                • Paring knife, spatula, cooking spoon
                                • Cutting board
                                • Foil
                                • soap
                                • Sponge, dishcloth, dishtowel
                                • Paper towels
                                • Extra bin for washing dishes

                                3. CLOTHES

                                • Clothes for daytime
                                • Sleepwear
                                • Swimsuits
                                • Rainwear
                                • Shoes: hiking/walking shoes, easy-on shoes, water shoes
                                • Extra layers for warmth
                                • Gloves
                                • Hats

                                4. PERSONAL ITEMS

                                • Sunscreen
                                • Insect repellent
                                • First-aid kit
                                • Prescription medications
                                • Toothbrush, toiletries
                                • Soap

                                5. OTHER ITEMS

                                • Camera
                                • Campsite reservation confirmation, phone number
                                • Maps, area information

                                This list is not completely exhaustive. To make things easier, you can check specialized camping sites like RealSimpleRainyAdventures, and LoveTheOutdoors that have downloadable camping checklists that you can download on your phone or gadget and check as you go.

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