The dilemma is all too familiar….Orange Chicken…it’s DELICIOUS. But, it’s deep fried and then smothered in an indescribable sweet/sour/spicy/orange-y sauce. Therefore, it’s laden with extra fat, calories, and Weight Watchers Points, and we all try to avoid it. But we can’t. Because it’s sooooooo GOOOOOOOOD. And if you are a vegetarian, the smell of this entree alone is enough to make you reconsider not eating meat. What are we to do? After dealing with this dilemma on a regular basis, I decided to get experimental. And after a few Pinterest inspiration searches, and a few recipe trials and errors, the end result is this delicious Orange Cauliflower, a vegetarian’s version of orange flavored chicken. By subbing out the chicken with cauliflower florets, you still get all the flavors you love, but in a much healthier package. And for those of you who don’t like vegetables, this Weight Watchers Recipe is a FANTASTIC way to eat them! It tastes NOTHING like cauliflower. And while it doesn’t taste exactly the same as the restaurant version, it’s pretty spectacular. So for all you orange chicken junkies out there, and for you vegetarians who’ve always wanted to eat it, this Weight Watchers Orange Cauliflower is your ticket. Just 4 Points Plus per serving, too! Enjoy.
Cashew chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese food recipes. But the restaurant version is waaaayyy too high in Weight Watchers Points. So I made my own healthier version, and I bulked it up with lots of extra veggies. I also decided to utilize my zucchini spiralizer again, and added zucchini noodles to this dish. It was SOOOO good! Each serving was huge, and very satisfying. If you want to shave off an extra Point or two, you could less cashews, but I like to splurge a bit on this, because it’s really what gives the dish it’s flavor (and name!). If you are a fan of Chinese fast food, then this Weight Watchers Cashew Chicken is a must try! Enjoy.
There’s nothing I love more than a dish that’s quick and easy to throw together, yet is tremendously flavorful. This Spicy Bok Choy Recipe is a perfect example. Inspired by a recipe I found at PopSugar, I put together this delicious bok choy side dish recipe in minutes. I’ve always felt that baby bok choy is one of those often overlooked vegetables, so I love finding an opportunity to incorporate it into my diet. It has a much more mild flavor as opposed to other leafy greens like chard and kale, and is still full of nutrients. In this Weight Watchers recipe, the bok choy head is simply halved and then seared in a wonderful peanut, soy, and sriracha based sauce. And each serving is just 2 Points +!
In an attempt to use up an organic eggplant that I bought before it went bad, I decided to put together a quick and easy Weight Watchers stir fry recipe that would have a Szechuan flair. I just diced up some chicken breast, my eggplant, and a red bell pepper and cooked them with an incredible sweet and spicy sauce. It was all ready in less than 30 minutes, and it was absolutely delicious! I used a bit more oil in this recipe than usual because the eggplant is very porous and soaks up a lot. Next time, I may try hovering over it a bit more, and adding broth, tablespoon by tablespoon, instead of more oil, to save a few fat grams (and maybe a Point). But I DO love the flavor of that sesame oil, so perhaps it’s worth it. :) I felt that this Chicken and Eggplant Stir Fry Recipe was just as tasty as the ones I get at my favorite restaurants, but a LOT healthier, and a great “deal” at just 6 Points + per serving.
With all the summer zucchini so readily available and cheap, I’m all about creating some delicious new Weight Watchers Zucchini Recipes. I came across the original version of this Zucchini Miso Ponzu Noodles Recipe at Inspiralized.com and couldn’t wait to give it a try! I was so eager to whip out my Veggetti again and get this dish made, that I didn’t even make a trip to the store to grab some snap peas and bell peppers…I just made it with the zucchini and carrots. It was still delicious, but next time, I’ll add the other veggies and maybe even the baked tofu that the original version uses. But keeping it simple was great, and the zucchini noodles turned out perfectly. Tangy, salty and a bit sweet, the miso ponzu sauce was excellent, and using zucchini instead of carb-heavy noodles kept this Weight Watchers recipe very light and low in Points Plus. This dish is a must try!
You guys. THESE ARE FANTASTIC. No need to beat around the bush, these Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls were absolutely out of this world! Truly, they tasted just as good as the fried ones you buy at your favorite Chinese Food restaurant, if not better. I’ve been having a real hankering for egg rolls lately, so I did some research online and combined a few ideas, and thus this Baked Vegetable Egg Rolls Recipe was born. It was total perfection. And each serving is just 5 Points + (for 2 big egg rolls, NOT including the dipping sauce). My dipping sauce of choice was a sweet chili sauce, but you can use whichever kind you like…hot mustard, peanut lime, sirracha….endless possibilities. I will now be making my own egg rolls on a very regular basis.
In the mood for something a bit more decadent recently, I played around with some ingredients I had on hand and found another great way to utilize one of my favorite products – Justin’s Almond Butter, and came up with this amazing Honey Roasted Chicken Satay Recipe with Basil Almond Sauce – 7 Points +. I cannot get over how delicious it was!! The fresh, peppery basil and bright, bold ginger was a perfect complement to the rich almond butter. Combined with a few traditional Asian flavors, and this dish was a HIT! I will most definitely making this again and again Healthy, unique, absolutely scrumptious, and yet still only 7 Weight Watchers Points + per serving.
Orange Flavored Chicken is one of my all time favorite Chinese foods. But given that it’s dish that is usually breaded, deep fried chicken in a thick, sweet and sticky sauce, it’s not really the best choice if you are following the Weight Watchers plan. So in order to have my orange chicken and eat it too, I put together a much healthier and lighter version that clocks in at just 4 Points + per serving. Plus, it is an incredibly easy recipe, taking less than 30 minutes to prepare. By sautéing instead of deep frying, and creating a lighter sauce, you still get fantastic flavor but for a LOT less fat, calories and carbs. It’s surprisingly quick and easy to make, and works wonderfully served over steamed brown rice and broccoli. Admittedly, this Light Orange Chicken was so good that one serving just wasn’t enough for me, so I ate two serving with no rice, which ended up at 9 Points +. Still way less than what I’d eat at a restaurant, so overall, Id say that’s pretty awesome.
Today’s Fabulous Food Find was a recent discovery from my local Costco, and boy am I ever glad I found it!! Green Chopsticks Authentic Chicken Potstickers are not only incredibly tasty, they are just 4 Points + for 4 pieces! And these are NOT bite-sized potstickers, mmmkay? They are very nicely sized! Perfect for when you want to make a meal in mere minutes and/or for when you are having a serious potsticker craving but don’t want to go overboard on your Points Plus. Just toss these into rapidly boiling water, and they are ready in just 3-4 minutes. Serve them paired with a salad, roasted veggies or in a soup. I make a fabulous gyoza dipping sauce, that takes just a minute to throw together, and seat them with that….sooooooooo good! So the next time you are at Costo, keep an eye out for these babies! Also, checkout their website or Facebook page to see where else you can buy them.
Recently, I came across this Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe at Fresh Family Meals, and was extremely skeptical about the end result. Traditional Chinese Fried Rice is one of the most popular and beloved Chinese food recipes out there, and some things are just sacred. That being said, I sure do LOVE fried rice, so despite my skepticism, the promise of delicious, low Points fried rice made me believe it was worth a shot. I tweaked the original version of the recipe just a tad to make it a bit tastier and a bit more Weight Watchers friendly, but let me tell you, it was fantastic! I can honestly say that it tasted pretty darn close to traditional fried rice, though each cup sized serving came out to just 2 Points + vs the 10 Points Plus of restaurant prepared fried rice. That is a HUGE deal people. And it is surprisingly easy to prepare…the only real work involved is grating the cauliflower. I’d recommend a food processor for this task, but if you don’t have one, a cheese grater will work just fine, it’ll just require more elbow grease. This would make a perfect low Points Weight Watchers Side Dish to serve with your favorite main course…I served it with my Sesame Chicken, and it was perfection. Low calorie, low fat, low carb, low Points, and fabulous, familiar flavor…what more could you ask for? This Cauliflower Fried Rice Recipe is an absolute must try.
This basic Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad Recipe tastes so amazing, it’s hard to believe that each serving is just 2 Points + and that it’s so incredibly easy to make. It’s one of my go to salad recipes for when I need a quick prep side dish that doesn’t require a lot of chopping. I buy the cabbage already shredded in a package, so I just dice up some green onions, make the dressing, and let it sit in the fridge until dinner time. My kids love the flavors and don’t realize that they are eating a vegetable. Sometimes I’ll add toasted almonds or edamame for an added nutrition boost, but keep in mind that will increase the Points + value. Truly delicious, my Oriental Cabbage and Cranberry Salad is a favorite around our house. Not only for it’s low Points value, but because it tastes fantastic.
One of my all time favorite salads is Chinese Chicken Salads. There is something about the crunchy vegetables, the sweet mandarin oranges and the tangy Asian dressing that just gets me sooooo excited. But, even though it is a salad, a traditional Chinese Chicken Salad is actually pretty high in calories. My lighter version makes a few healthier changes to deliver a 5 Points + salad that tastes fantastic! The cabbage and toasted almond slices give it that perfect crunch, and the juicy mandarins add a delightfully sweet, yet tart, flavor. The light dressing still packs a ton of flavor, but also saves a lot of fat and calories. Pair my Weight Watchers Chinese Chicken Salad with your favorite soup for a complete meal that won’t break the Points Plus bank. Enjoy!