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Chicken is a great source of protein and other nutrients, and you can make it even healthier with the right recipes. Instead of having fried chicken, for example, make grilled or baked chicken with some healthy ingredients added to it. If you’re looking for simple ways to prepare a chicken dinner, keep the following nutritious and easy recipes in mind.
Baked Lemon Chicken
This chicken recipe is simple to make and offers a zesty kick. To make it, you’ll need the following ingredients:
Before getting started with the ingredients, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat it lightly with non-stick cooking spray. This makes the sheet easy to clean up when you’re done baking. Melt the butter in a skillet on medium-high heat, then add the chicken breasts. Cook the chicken for a few minutes on each side, then place it on the baking sheet. In a separate bowl, mix the honey, chicken broth, Italian seasoning, garlic, lemon juice, salt and pepper with a whisk. Cover the chicken breasts with this sauce, then bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Add more sauce to the chicken every 5 to 10 minutes while baking. Add lemon slices and rosemary to the chicken as a garnish. For additional recipe tips and serving suggestions click here.
Grilled Apple-Marinated Chicken and Vegetables
This chicken recipe provides you with plenty of vegetables for extra nutrition, as well as tart and tasty apple flavoring. You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe:
To make this recipe, start by mixing the canola oil, soy sauce, apple juice, brown sugar, parsley, lemon juice and garlic in a bowl with a whisk. Place the chicken breasts and a cup of the apple marinade in a freezer bag. Close the bag, and turn it around so that all of the chicken is covered with the marinade. Leave the chicken in the marinade for at least 6 hours. Place the leftover marinade in a closed container in the fridge. Chop the carrots, squash and zucchini into 2-inch slices, then cover with a 1/2 cup of the marinade. Drain the chicken, and grill it while covered on medium heat for 6 to 8 minutes on each side until it’s thoroughly cooked. Baste the chicken often with the marinade while it’s grilling. Place the vegetable slices on a foil pan, then grill them while covered for 10 to 12 minutes on medium heat. Serve the vegetable slices with the chicken, and add more marinade for flavoring if desired. For additional recipe tips and serving suggestions click here.
After you accept an offer on a home, you likely will only have a few weeks to pack up your belongings and vacate the premises. As such, there are many questions that home sellers need to consider at this point, including:
1. Where am I going to live?
If you haven't figured out where you're going to live after your home closing, there is no need to panic. Consider all of your potential living options now, and you can plan accordingly.
Oftentimes, friends and family members may be willing to provide you with a temporary place to live. These loved ones may enable you to stay in their houses until you buy a new residence. Or, in some instances, you may be able to permanently move in with friends and family members.
On the other hand, if you enjoy being a homeowner, you may want to kick off a home search right away. This will enable you to find a new place to live in the city or town of your choice. Also, if you work quickly, you may be able to finalize your home purchase around the same time that you sell your current house.
2. What is the homebuyer's next step?
In most cases, a homebuyer will have a set amount of time to schedule a home inspection after you accept his or her offer. Once the home inspection is complete, the buyer will receive a report that provides insights into the condition of your house.
For home sellers, a home inspection can be stressful. If a property inspector discovers problems with a residence, a buyer may choose to walk away from a home purchase or ask a seller to complete various home renovations.
When it comes to selling a house, it pays to be honest. If you provide honest responses to a homebuyer's questions about your residence, you can help the buyer make an informed purchase decision. Plus, with this approach, you can minimize the risk that a home inspection may lead a buyer to rescind his or her offer.
3. What will I need to do to finalize the home sale?
The time between accepting a home offer and reaching the closing date may seem endless. However, a patient home seller will be able to stay calm, cool and collected, even if challenges arise along the way.
As a home seller, you should try to do everything you can to reach the finish line of a property sale. If you maintain consistent communication with a real estate agent, you can seamlessly navigate all stages of the home selling cycle.
A real estate agent works on a home seller's behalf and will do everything possible to minimize potential pitfalls. Thus, this housing market professional is happy to respond to a home seller's questions to ensure this individual is fully supported in the weeks and days leading up to a home closing.
Collaborate with a real estate agent, and you can receive plenty of support throughout the home selling journey.
It's time to find the perfect place of your own but becoming a property investor has one significant roadblock: a down payment. It’s something that can stop potential home buyers in their tracks.
While winning the lottery or inheriting a windfall would be fabulous, you don’t need those luxuries before you can buy a home. What you do need is a budget that gives you a strategy for saving while still attending to daily expenses. The challenge is that once you create the budget, you must protect it from the temptation to stray from it while you work toward homeownership.
Here are some proven savings tips AND the budget-busters to avoid along the way:
Strategies for Saving
Detached account. While it seems obvious, many people lack even one savings account. If you already have an account, open a separate one specifically for your down payment. Make sure that it is detached from your other accounts. Having a savings account designated specifically for your down payment may get you to think before dipping into it whenever other expenses arise.
Different bank. You can open an account at the same institution where you have a checking account but doing so makes it easy to move money back into your spending account. Open an account at a credit union or savings bank to which you'd have to make a special trip to remove funds.
Direct deposit. Have the down payment part of your paycheck deposited directly to your savings account. You'll avoid having immediate access to it. If you don't see it in your checking account, you are less likely to spend it.
Establish a Budget
Now that you have established a place to save funds, you need to create a budget to handle your remaining income. Many online programs will help you to create a budget and keep track of your spending. They are often free or low fee to use, and some give you access to a financial planner at a small cost. Here are some to get you started:
Many people resist living by a budget because it feels too restrictive. The notion that your budget monitors your spending keeps many from reaching even first-level financial goals. Money is a tool to help you get what you truly desire. If you wish to own a home, eliminate these budget-busters that will keep you from getting there:
Overpriced drinks. If your caffeine habit racks up more than $10 every day, consider cutting that expense in half. If you saved five dollars each day, you could add $1825 to your down payment account by year’s end.
Eating out. Just like a daily coffee break, restaurants and fast food meals can easily break a budget. Studies show the average American spends over $250 each month eating out. If that sounds like you, eat out half as often and bank another $125 each month. Over 12 months, that’s $1500 more towards your down payment.
Clothes. Many offices allow casual dress so spending on clothes for work might not be necessary. If you work in an environment that requires professional attire, purchase a few high-quality pieces that you can style in different ways with lower-cost items.
Expensive vacations. The travel bug bites in every season. Even a cheap flight with a hotel and rental car can result in a fairly large expense. Instead, you may opt for a getaway that is within driving distance while you’re working through your savings plan.
These budget-busters could add up to $6000 or more annually. That could be enough to qualify for a down payment when using an FHA loan. Add to that a portion of any extra money you receive throughout the months for bonuses, birthdays, holidays, rebates, and tax refunds, and your down payment account can grow significantly in just one year.
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