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!
Chinese food lovers, you are in for a treat today! This Light Sesame Chicken Recipe is absolutely amazing, and yet just 5 Points + per serving. It’s a quick and easy Weight Watchers chicken recipe that works great over some brown rice or noodles. I ate mine with just some steamed vegetables as I was nearing the end of my Daily Points Plus allowance. But this dish is incredibly flavorful and light, and a much healthier alternative to the sesame chicken you’d find at your favorite Chinese food restaurant. Feel free to play around with the vinegar and/or sugar if you want it sweeter or more tangy, it’s really pretty hard to mess this recipe up. If you love Chinese food but don’t want all the extra calories, fat and Points that come with it, then this Light Sesame Chicken Recipe is a must try.
About a year ago, I posted about one of my favorite vegetarian product, Gardein Crispy Tenders. I absolutely adore their whole line of meat-free goodies, but when I came across their Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n, I almost started doing cartwheels in the freezer aisle of Whole Foods. Chinese take out is a major weakness of mine, so if I could find a healthier substitute that is still super tasty but a lot lower in Weight Watchers Points Plus, I’d be beyond thrilled. Well, Gardein really came through. This Vegan substitute for the Chinese Orange Chicken that we all know and love is AMAZING. And just 4 Points + per serving! Keep reading to learn more…
General Tso’s Chicken has always been one of my favorite Chinese foods. But the traditional deep fried version is loaded with tons of fat, calories and carbohydrates. By using skinless chicken breasts instead of dark meat, by using less breading on the chicken, and by baking instead of frying, I was able to really bring this popular Chinese food recipe down in Points +. I also made my own sauce using a lot less sugar and fresh ingredients, making it incredibly flavorful and yet still low calorie and low in fat. Serve it over some brown rice, or toss it with some stir-fried vegetables for a complete meal, or just eat it by itself! Each serving of my Baked General Tso’s Chicken Recipe has just 5 Points + per serving. And it tastes just as good as the kind you’d get in the restaurant, but with a LOT less guilt. Dieters who are Chinese food lovers can rejoice in this Weight Watchers Chinese food recipe that is truly delicious. Enjoy!
If you are looking for a healthy knockoff version of the popular Chinese fast food, Sweet and Sour Chicken, well you came to the right blog today! This Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken has just 2.5g of fat and a total of 8 Points + per serving which is a lot less than the kind you’d buy at a Chinese restaurant. But the taste is fantastic, and it truly tastes just as good as the full fat version. It’s really easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of ingredients, so it’s a great idea for a delicious Weight Watchers dinner recipe if you need a meal in a pinch. I love love LOVE sweet and sour chicken, so I was very hesitant to believe that a baked version would taste just as good, but I was very pleasantly surprised…it truly was DELICIOUS! If you love Chinese fast food recipes, this one is an absolute must try. Enjoy!
The rice you see in the photo is my Chicken Fried Rice recipe which is only 4 points +.
Indulging in Chinese fast food has always been a favorite past time of mine, which is one of many reasons why I’m now a Weight Watcher :). But being on the Weight Watchers plan doesn’t mean I have to give up my favorite foods, it just means I have to either A) Eat them sparingly or B) Find healthier, low Points ways of making them. Usually, I choose the latter because that means I get to eat my favorite foods more often. One of my go to healthy recipes that I rely on when I’m craving some Asian Noodles, is this Sesame Noodles with Vegetables. Not only is it fast and easy, but it’s loaded with fiber and is deliciously flavorful, and it’s a great idea to use as a Weight Watchers Vegan Recipe. It also works great served warm or cold, depending on what kind you are in the mood for. The best part is that each 1 3/4 cup serving has just 5 Points +! That’s a pretty decent sized serving, and it’s a great way to get your tummy seriously satisfied for just 5 Points +. Pair it with this 0 Points + Cucumber Salad Recipe for a fabulous, low calorie meal!
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If you are looking for delicious and easy WW Stir Fry Recipes, these Chinese Noodles with Broccoli in Peanut Sauce will knock your Chinese food lovin’ socks off! It’s a healthier version of the popular Asian fare and each 1 1/2 cup serving has just 6 Points +. Loaded with flavor and texture, this healthy meal idea will not disappoint. Try serving it as a WW main dish recipe or even as a low calorie side dish recipe — either way, it’ll satisfy. With tons of fiber and protein, but a lot less fat and calories, this tasty dish let’s you indulge in some amazing flavors with not an ounce of guilt.
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So now that I am (mostly) recovered from the Steelers’ loss this Sunday, I’m back on board with my Weight Watchers menu ideas, and have a delicious WW Chinese Food Recipe to share today. This Healthy Szechuan Chicken, has just 6 Points + for a very full, 1 cup serving, and makes a great dinner idea for any Weight Watcher who is craving Chinese food. Simply by making a few healthy changes to a traditional Szechuan Chicken Recipe, I was able to come up with a healthier version, lower in fat and calories, but full of fiber, protein and heart healthy fats. This dish leaves out NONE of the flavors and will most likely fool anyone into thinking you just picked this up from your favorite Chinese food joint. If you love Chinese fast food recipes, you must try this dish!