The Chinese New Year is upon us and 2016 is the year of the monkey. The 2016 Chinese New Year is celebrated for seven days between February 7th and 13th. To start your year on the right (and delicious) foot, add these recipes to your celebration menu. To find the recipes, click on the green hyperlinks.
Basic Fried Rice
Fried rice is a staple when it comes to a good Chinese meal. Whether you like pork fried rice or chicken fried rice, there are many varieties to choose from. Plus this recipe is easy to make for your family and large parties alike. Find the recipe here.
Potstickers are the easiest Chinese dumpling to make and they're perfect for a bite-sized appetizer. The tiny dumplings are stuffed with a variety of flavors which blend very well together. Find the recipe here.
Sweet And Sour Pork Chops
These pork chops are paired with a side of vegetables, all topped in a tangy sweet and sour sauce. It's a quick and easy way to get a sweet and sour dinner your whole family will love. Find the recipe here.
Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken is often a dish you'll find at Chinese New Year celebrations. From garlic, to ginger, to dried red chili, this recipe packs in a lot of flavor, although it's not as spicy as many restaurants' versions. Find the recipe here.
Easy Pineapple Fried Rice
This fried rice dish is easy to make and has all the flavors you love. Classic fried rice is paired with pineapple and shrimp for a tropical take on the Chinese dish. Find the recipe here.
Stir-Fry Beef With Three Vegetables
Since the Chinese believe three is a lucky number, be sure to make this stir fry with three vegetables this new year. This stir fry contains marinated flank steak, bok choy, mushrooms and red onion. It is all topped with a dark soy and sherry sauce. Find the recipe here.
Moo Shu Chicken Wraps
These chicken wraps play on the classic Moo Shu Pork, but with chicken and flour tortillas instead. You'll love this Chinese take on a typical taco. Find the recipe here.
Asian Lettuce Wraps
These Asian Lettuce Wraps are packed full of ground turkey flavored with hoisin and teriyaki sauce. The lettuce wraps also provide a healthier, low carb option to flour wraps. Find the recipe here.
Chinese Roast Pork
This pork loin is roasted with a variety of spices from Chinese five-spice powder, to ginger to garlic. It is cooked in a slow cooker, so it's easy to make in the morning and ready for you when you get home from work. Find the recipe here.
Cold Sesame Noodles With Golden Garlic
This recipe takes a Chinese twist on classic spaghetti. Spaghetti noodles are paired with a soy sauce, peanut butter, vinegar and peanut oil mixture as well as many veggies. Your pasta night will never be the same after you try this recipe.
These pancakes aren't your typical chocolate chip and maple syrup variety. Made with eggs, sesame oil, flour, vegetable oil and scallions, these pancakes have a more savory flavor. They're paired with a spicy dipping sauce too. Find the recipe here.
Chocolate-Dipped Fortune Cookies
For a Chinese dessert try chocolate-dipped fortune cookies. All you have to do is melt your chocolate, dip rounded edges of the fortune cookie in the chocolate and refrigerate until hardened. Find the recipe here.
Pork And Chive Dumplings
Chinese dumplings are a dish many can't live without during the Chinese New Year. The best part about dumplings is you can stuff them with just about anything, although pork is the most popular. This pork and chive dumpling recipe is delicious! Find the recipe here.
This hearty soup contains plump and juicy wontons in a soothing broth. This Wonton Soup recipe is simple to make and uses shrimp instead of pork as the stuffing. Find the recipe here.
Peking Pork Chops
It is a tradition to serve a variety of foods that represent good luck and prosperity. The pig is a symbol of plumpness and prosperity. This tender pork is paired with a sweet and tart sauce for an excellent pork dish. Find the recipe here.
Honey Walnut Shrimp
This Honey Walnut Shrimp recipe is quick, easy to make and it won't break your bank. The crunchy glazed walnuts are paired with fresh shrimp and a mayo, condensed milk and honey glaze. Find the recipe here.
This chicken is so moist and so tender. It's the perfect dish to have with a New Year's meal. The chicken will definitely melt in your mouth and is actually best served cold. Find the recipe here.
Mini Spring Rolls With Chicken Floss
These mini spring rolls are the perfect snack and appetizer. They're fried to a crisp and stuffed with pork, chicken or shrimp floss. They're easy to make and you and your family won't be able to get enough of them. Find the recipe here.
Pork Dumpling Soup
This meal combines the best of both worlds using dumplings and soup in one. The dumplings are filled with pork, shrimp, water chestnuts and mushrooms for an amazing flavor and crunch. Find the recipe here.
Chinese New Year isn't complete without pineapple tarts, which are commonly made in Malaysia and Singapore for the Chinese New Year celebrations. The flaky outer crust gives way to a tart pineapple for a yummy treat. Find the recipe here.