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!
When eating out and trying to find good, low calorie Chinese foods, I usually end up ordering the chicken and broccoli, as it’s typically one of the lighter options on the menu. My boredom with this dish inspired me to play around with some ingredients and see if I could come up with a new twist on this popular Chinese food recipe. And that’s how this Lemon Garlic Chicken and Broccoli Recipe was born! This fresh and light meal idea is full of flavor and zing, and is sure to a be a hit with the whole family. With just a 3 Points + per serving, this chicken and broccoli recipe makes a great low calorie dinner idea that is quick and easy to prepare. Enjoy!
While making some Baked Chinese Egg Rolls the other day, I found myself craving a good, ginger dipping sauce that wasn’t loaded with calories and oil. I usually use Kikkoman’s Sweet & Sour Sauce for dipping, but this time I wanted something different. So after playing around with a few traditional Ginger Soy Dipping sauce Recipes, I finally concocted one that made the grade. This delicious Asian sauce recipe can be used with a variety of your favorite Weight Watchers Chinese Food Recipes. It’s also great as a low calorie salad dressing recipe or meat marinade. Enjoy!
Oh how I love Crab and Cream Cheese Wontons! I remember the day that I first discovered them – it was at a random Chinese food restaurant in State College, PA, during my college years. That one time was all I needed — I was now a Cream Cheese Wonton lovin’ fool! Often referred to as Crab Rangoons, traditional cream cheese and crab wonton recipes involve frying the wonton and using more cream cheese than crab – thus leading to a ton of extra fat and calories. My version, makes a few small changes to the original recipe and involves baking them instead of frying. This leads to super yummy cream cheese and crab wontons that clock in at just 1 Point Total for 2 wontons! Though this is not an official Weight Watchers Wonton Recipe, I am confident it will be adored by any Chinese food lover who is counting their calories. Serve as an appetizer, side dish, or snack!
I have seriously been on a Chinese food recipes obsession lately. I can’t stop fantasizing about them!! My favorite Chinese restaurant makes this super yummy Mu Shu Beef dish, but it’s NOT a Weight Watchers friendly meal. So I decided to experiment a bit and come up with a slimmer version of this delicious dish. These Moo Shu Beef Lettuce cups pack all the flavor and zing of traditional moo shu beef recipes, but it’s a lot leaner. And because it’s in a lettuce cup, it’s portion controlled, which can help keep you from going overboard. Though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Chinese Food Recipes, it’s a meal that is sure to be appreciated by dieting Chinese food lovers!!
Mmmmmm…Chinese Egg Rolls….who doesn’t love them? I sure do! But trying to find a healthy, low calorie version of these is pretty much impossible. So I decided to make my own. And I must say, my Baked Chicken Egg Roll Recipe ROCKED! Crunchy, tangy and full of flavor, this baked version of the greasy Chinese food favorite, are a real treat for any weight watcher. Each nicely sized egg roll has just a 2 Point Total, and that includes some sweet and sour sauce for dipping (cause you’ve GOT to have that!!) Simply by baking instead of frying, lots of calories were cut, thus making the overall point value much lower than traditional Chinese egg roll recipes, which can clock in at 4 -8 points each. So if you’ve got a craving for some Chinese Chicken Egg Rolls, give my version a try, and indulge without the guilt! Though this is not an official one of Weight Watchers Chinese Food Recipes, it’s a dish that anyone who loves Chinese fast food with less calories, will appreciate.
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As many of you know, I’ve always been a fan of Miracle Noodles. They are a 0 calorie pasta that are so versatile, they can be used in a variety of low calorie recipes. Recently, Rachael Ray prepared a fabulous Hot or Cold Sesame Noodles Recipe using Miracle Noodles, and it is truly an awesome dish. Traditional noodle recipes can rack up a LOT of calories and Weight Watchers Points. However, this slimmed down version, has just a 6 Point Total per serving, and the serving is HUGE!!! It’s half of the entire recipe!! And though this is not an official one of Rachael Ray Weight Watchers Recipes, it’s a great alternative dish that any dieter will appreciate. Sesame noodles are one of my favorite Asian Recipes, but I usually avoided them because of the calorie count. But now with this awesome Rachael Ray recipe, I can enjoy them once again!