Mulan Movie Night

This #MovieNightFriday we are taking to China to celebrate Mulan and her accomplishments. Now there are three Mulan films put out by Disney. Mulan, Mulan II and Mulan (Live Action). We prefer the animated films.

Mulan is based on an ancient Chinese folk story called the Ballad of Mulan (木兰辞 Mùlán Cí). It is a short folk story comprised of 392 Chinese characters that was created in the Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534). The Ballad of Mulan has been a popular tale since the Tang Dynasty (618–907).

So we learn about China. There is a lot about China to learn but here are some basics.

We then cooked Americanized Chinese dishes to enjoy with our movies.


How to Make a Chinese New Year Dragon Craft – Marcie in Mommyland

“Are you looking for a Chinese New Year dragon craft to make with your kids this year? Check out these adorable cardboard Chinese dragon puppets that are so cute!” – Marcie

Adorable DIY Chinese Lantern Craft for Kids – Hawaii Travel with Kids

“If you’ve ever been to Hawaii in January or February, you know about the awesome Chinese New Year festivities in the islands.” – Marcie


“This delicious Asian Green Bean Salad is a perfect quick and healthy side dish or snack that can easily be made in advance!” – Elizabeth

Leftover Turkey Fried Rice Recipe – Christina’s Cucina

Leftover turkey fried rice recipe from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse, and an introduction to Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar in Pasadena, California is what I’m sharing with you today!” – Christina

Chai Popcorn – Plant Based on a Budget

“How to make chai popcorn – a quick and simple vegan snack combining homemade chai spice with just enough sugar and freshly popped popcorn for a sweet and warming snack perfect for your next movie night! (or any time of the day!)” – Toni

Classic Vegetable Fried Rice (Gluten-Free, Vegan, Allergy-Free) – Strength & Sunshine

A super quick and easy Classic Vegetable Fried Rice recipe so you don’t need to order takeout! It’s gluten-free, vegan, top 8 allergy-free, healthy, and full of veggies! A perfect side dish for using leftover rice and transforming it into a delicious lunch or dinner!” – Rebecca

Chinese Pan-Fried Dumpling Recipe (Potstickers) – Tikkido

“Skip the takeout and make Chinese dumplings at home!  You can make a big batch of these potstickers and freeze them for quick dinners later. ” – Nikki

10-Minute Gluten-Free Vegetable Lo Mein (Vegan, Allergy-Free) – Strength & Sunshine

You can have this side dish on the table in 10 minutes! A quick & easy 10-Minute Gluten-Free Vegetable Lo Mein recipe that’s better than Chinese take-out, is vegan, and top-8 allergy-free! Great for dinner and perfect for using as healthy leftover lunches!” – Rebecca

Gluten-Free General Tso’s Chicken (Soy-Free, Paleo, Top-8 Allergy-Free) – Strength & Sunshine

A sweet and slightly spicy Chinese takeout favorite you can easily make right at home! This recipe for Gluten-Free General Tso’s Chicken is soy-free, paleo, top-8 allergy-free, and can be whipped up for the dinner table in a flash!” – Rebecca

Chinese Cashew Chicken (Gluten-Free, Soy-Free) – Strength & Sunshine

“This is going to be recipe #1 of all my recreated take-out chicken dishes for Strength and Sunshine. Once I perfected the “mock-wok” cast iron skillet take-out chicken recipe, I went all out and whipped up every flavor! From this, the basic cashew chicken to sweet and sour, sesame, and so on. These Chinese chicken dishes are my family’s FAVORITES (even more than the slow cooker!) and no one cares that they’re all gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, and egg-free (of course, some have nuts, but that’s okay!)” – Rebecca


“When you are looking for a skillet meal that brings together all the best flavors of a classic Asian meal, you will want this Asian Pork Chops Skillet Meal. Easy to make, this one pan dinner makes the best Asia Pork Loin meal ever.” – Debi


“Craving Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce? This is an incredibly easy dinner recipe. With such a fantastic flavor, you will want to make this dinner all the time.” – Debi

Super Easy Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe – Hawaii Travel with Kids

“Looking for tasty Chinese chicken recipes for Instant Pot? Keep scrolling for the best Instant Pot General Tso Chicken Recipe!” – Marcie

Quick & Easy Vegetable Lo Mein Recipe – Hawaii Travel with Kids

“Looking for an easy Chinese New Year or Hawaiian luau recipe? Find out how to make this simple Chinese Vegetable Lo Mein recipe that’s always a hit!” – Marcie


“Making an iced matcha latte at home is a lot easier than you think.  This delicious Starbucks copycat recipe is just as good as the pretty green matcha iced tea latte the barista makes and costs less.  This cold matcha drink with cream is rich, earthy, and slightly sweet.  The matcha powder has a grassy flavor that pairs well with the fats in the dairy and a small bit of sugar for the best homemade iced matcha latte recipe. ” – Angela

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