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sweet and sourSweet and sour recipes, as cooked in North America, and not truly traditional to China. As with many ethnic dishes, Americans have put their own twist on them to fit in with their lifestyles. Many sweet and sour recipes from North America contain tomatoes, or even catsup, which is not an ingredient native to China. Nonetheless, sweet and sour dishes, whether they be traditional or "Americanized" are a tasty addition to your monthly menu plan.

A common misconception about Asian dishes is that they are difficult to prepare. Nothing could be further from the truth! Whether you are making some traditionally, using the stir fry method in a wok, or using the flavors to enhance a slow cooker dish, these recipes are quick and easy.

Be Prepared: Stir Frying
If you plan to stir fry, dinner will be done generally in less than 15 minutes. It's not the method of cooking the food that takes time, it's the preparation. Be absolutely certain you have chopped, sliced, measured and minced everything before you begin. If you plan to serve rice, start it before everything else, unless of course you are using a quick cooking variety. As long as everything is ready ahead of time, your stir fry meal will be ready and on the table in no time at all!

Crock Pot
This is definitely not a traditional Asian method of cooking. However, many people love their slow cooker and find it extremely convenient, especially those that work outside of the home. Enjoying Asian flavors by using a slow cooker is truly a delicious option.

The Sauce
You can certainly make your own sweet and sour sauce. Ingredients can vary from recipe to recipe, but most often they will include vinegar, a tomato based ingredient, soy sauce and other flavor enhancers. You can try our recipe for Sweet And Sour Sauce here. The other option, one that many busy cooks turn to, are the bottled versions available at grocery stores. If you want a better selection, try an Asian market.

Below are some recipes for sweet and sour dishes you can try. Plan one into your monthly menu today, your family will thank you!

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken
Sweet And Sour Beef Brisket
Sweet And Sour Meatballs
Sweet And Sour Chicken
Microwave Sweet And Sour Pork Chops
Spinach Salad With Sweet And Sour Dressing

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