Lazy Satay Chicken Recipe – 9 Smart Points

Lazy Satay Chicken

My kids have always loved Thai Chicken Satay (or “the yellow chicken on a stick”, as they refer to it). And who can blame them? Tender, juicy chicken marinated in a heavenly peanut sauce that is then grilled to perfection and served with extra sauce for dipping. It is divine! But rather than going out to a restaurant, which can get pricey and also lead to eating other tasty, but high calorie foods (Mango Sticky Rice, anyone?), I like to try and prepare a lighter, healthier version at home. I decided to make an attempt at the chicken satay, but after I set my chicken in the marinade, I realized that I didn’t have any skewers on hand. At that point, I debated whether to load up the kids in the car (who were playing quietly and peacefully at the time) and head to the store to grab some, or just leave the kids alone and try making this recipe without the skewers. The latter option won out. And thus, my Lazy Satay Chicken recipe was born. I’m not gonna lie…I LOVED not dealing with the hassle of the skewers! When I served it, I just gave my kids some toothpicks, and they enjoyed using that to dip their chicken in the peanut sauce. Easy peasy. While this dish is still 9 Smart Points per serving, it’s still a lot lighter and healthier than the ones you’d get at a Thai restaurant. But it’s JUST as flavorful and delicious!

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Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce – 1 Smart Point

Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce

When it comes to a vegetable side dish recipe that’s quick, easy, and delicious, it doesn’t get much better than this Quick Roasted Broccoli with Soy Sauce Recipe. Fresh broccoli is tossed with traditional Asian seasonings, and then roasted to perfection. Coming in at just 1 Smart Point per serving, this Weight Watchers side dish recipe is an ideal way to get those veggie servings in. It’s amazing how just a handful of ingredients can amp up a serving a broccoli so much! Anytime I prepare this, it’s a sure fire way to get my kids to eat their veggies, because it’s just so tasty! The combination of the salty soy sauce, bold garlic, and the smoky sesame oil is truly divine. This low Point recipe is a must try.

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Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe – 8 Smart Points

Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry

I can honestly never get enough of Chinese stir fry. I love it in all forms. But the restaurant version can be pretty high in Points. So I like to try my hand at healthy knock-offs of my favorite Chinese fast food dishes. One of the easiest and best attempts resulted in this delicious Beef and Vegetable Stir Fry Recipe that is so ridiculously good, it’s hard to believe it’s just 8 Smart Points. Marinating the beef and making sure to cut it against the grain, helps to keep it tender and flavorful. This recipe also works really well with chicken or shrimp, as an alternative to beef. Serve it atop some steamed brown rice, or just enjoy it as is!

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Thai Cucumber Salad Recipe – 1 Smart Point

Thai Cucumber Salad

This light and delightful salad is such an easy side dish to prepare, and it is the perfect complement to your favorite Asian inspired meal. It requires just a handful of ingredients, but delivers such vibrant flavors. It’s sweet and tangy with just a hint of sweetness And with temperatures on the rise this summer, I love the cool and refreshing feel of this simple salad. And it’s always a hit at picnics and potlucks, because most everyone sticks to traditional salads, so this homemade Thai Cucumber Salad offers up something much more unique. Plus, it’s one of my favorite ways to take advantage of all those delicious and inexpensive cucumbers! Enjoy.

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Chinese Garlic Green Beans – 1 Smart Point

Chinese Garlic Green Beans

Admittedly, when I’m indulging in Chinese takeout, the last thing I think about ordering is vegetables. The exception to this train of thought is Chinese-style Garlic Green Beans. The flavor is out of this world – who knew a green bean could taste so incredible!? Every time we order these, my kids tackle them with so much enthusiasm, that I decided this is a dish I need to try at home. My version is a lot less oily, therefore, lower in Smart Points than the restaurant version. And they are super easy to make, so it’s great having this recipe to rely on for a quick and reliable verge recipe that I know my kids will eat. Each serving is just 1 Smart Point, so this is absolutely guilt free!

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Mongolian Beef Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Mongolian Beef

Forget the fast food! This healthier and lighter Mongolian Beef Recipe delivers all the flavor but with a lot less fat, calories, and sodium. Instead of picking up dinner from my local Chinese restaurant, I just whip up this easy dish instead! It’s simple and requires just a handful of ingredients that I most likely already have on hand. And it is DELICIOUS! When I’m making it for just myself, I often add in extra scallions or red peppers to kick up the spice level a bit. But when I’m serving it to the whole family, I make the recipe as is. And at just 5 Smart Points per serving, this dish is the perfect way to satisfy that Chinese fast food craving.

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Egg Roll Stir-Fry Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Egg Roll Stir Fry

I’ve really been trying hard to minimize grains from my diet. I just feel a lot better, and have a lot less cravings when I don’t eat them. So most of my meals are packed with meats and vegetables. I got the idea for this Egg Roll Stir Fry Recipe after salivating while watching my daughter eat a fried egg roll from our local Chinese restaurant. I wanted one SO badly, but all the oil, calories, and fat in it, would totally de-rail me. So I thought that maybe, just maybe, I could emulate all that yummy egg roll flavor, but in a healthier stir-fry instead. Turns out that this was a totally doable feat, was just 5 Smart Points per serving, and it was super delicious to boot. If you aren’t a fan of pork, you could easily do this with ground beef or chicken instead. Now, if I could just come up with a light and healthy sweet and sour sauce to drizzle over it, I’ll be in heaven!

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Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw Recipe – 5 Smart Points

Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw

I love salads, but I really don’t love all the chopping and prep work. It’s time consuming, and messy, and honestly, I’m just to beat to bother. Somedays, you just really need a no-fuss side salad, and this Thai Ginger Peanut Slaw is one of absolute favorites. First of all, the the convenience of a pre-packaged broccoli slaw mix is such a game changer. It’s great to to have salad base options that is more than just lettuce! Broccoli slaw is packed with vitamins and minerals, and the crunch is just delightful. You simply dump that mix in a bowl, toss in some cilantro, and your good to go. Now, let’s talk about the ridiculously delicious dressing that is going to rock your slaw. It’s comprised of a handful of ingredients that are whisked together in minutes, and will truly take the flavor of your salad to a whole new level. It’s creamy, nutty, salty, tangy, spicy, and a touch sweet. And all your tastebuds will be thoroughly satisfied! Today, I’m sharing just the quick and easy version of this salad, but you can easily add more veggies and some protein if you want to bulk it up some, or serve it as a complete meal. It’s such a fantastic Weight Watchers salad recipe to help keep you in track, without making dishes that are too complicated or bland. I’m telling you, it’s a game changer! Enjoy.

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Honey Soy Chicken Recipe – 6 Smart Points

Honey Soy Chicken

Today’s Honey Soy Chicken Recipe is yet another dish that my whole LOOOOOOOVED. Including me. I love chicken that has incredible flavor, but to achieve that, it usually requires a long marinade time. During the week, when I’m super busy, I often have to come up with a meal on the fly, and typically don’t have time to wait for a marinade. So when I forget/don’t have time to marinade, I rely on this Honey Soy Chicken dish to deliver a tender and juicy chicken, with knockout flavor. The sauce has all the sweet, salty, and tangy flavors combined to make for one seriously mouthwatering chicken recipe. Serve the chicken (and the remaining sauce from the pan!) over steamed brown rice and veggies for a complete meal.

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Asian Noodles – 7 Smart Points

Asian Garlic Noodles

I love pasta. It’s one of my many weaknesses. I think I enjoy it so much because it’s something that I can do quickly, it tastes great and I’ve found some really good gluten free noodles that taste wonderful. I love to make garlic noodles. I used to just do noodles with my favorite seasonings. I’ve been adding a variety of vegetables. With the fresh garden vegetables right now, this is just perfect to add your favorite vegetables to whip up a quick and easy pasta dish. I like my noodles with just a little bit of spice, so I use sweet chili sauce. However, if you like a little more spice, use Sriracha instead of sweet chili sauce. [Read more…]

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Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry – 6 Smart Points

Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry

In college, Chinese takeout used to be a staple of mine. But now that I eat lighter and smarter, creating healthier versions of my favorite Chinese fast foods became a top priority.
Chicken and Broccoli Stir Fry was a meal I used to eat a lot, because I assumed it was one of the “healthier” choices, having chicken and broccoli in it. Little did I know. But now I can make my own light and healthy Chicken Broccoli Stir Fry for a lot less Points and with minimal effort. This stir fry tastes authentically delicious….even my kids gobbled it up! And at just 6 Smart Points per serving, I’m able to enjoy one of my favorite Chinese foods without ruining my day.

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Asian Shrimp Stir Fry – 6 Smart Points

Asian Shrimp Stir Fry

I’m not a huge fan of shrimp, but I do try to cook it every once in a while. As usual, I fell back on an Asian inspired shrimp stir fry. I’m someone who thinks you really can’t go wrong with stir fry veggies and some really delicious Asian seasonings. This one really exceeded my expectations. For me, the sweet chili sauce was what made this a little different than my normal stir fry. For my normal stir fry I use soy sauce, sesame oil and rice vinegar. I didn’t want to add the really rich and dark flavor of the hoisin, but the sweet chili sauce added a really delicious flavor without overpowering the flavor of the whole dish. I’m not a fan of spicy foods, but the sweet chili sauce adds just a little bit of spice to really bring the whole dish alive. The shrimp is light and a great source of healthy, omega fatty acids. Shrimp is also a great source of lean protein, and the crisp-tender vegetables are a perfect complement to the succulent shrimp.

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