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15 Simple, Delicious Ways to Prepare Chicken

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 9, 2019

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                                Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                                Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                                Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                                1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                                Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                                This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                                In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                                The result: no more mental stress.

                                2. Unplug

                                Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                                How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                                It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                                Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                                3. Easy on the Caffeine

                                Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                                Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                                4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                                That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                                How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                                • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                                • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                                • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                                While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                                5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                                This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                                The result: mental stress will be gone!

                                So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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