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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 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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