Coconut Lime Chicken Soup Recipe – 3 Points +

Coconut Lime Chicken Soup

Well, here we are…my last recipe post of 2013. I CANNOT believe a whole year has flown by already! And I know that for many of us, the start of the new year means the start (or re-start) of a new healthy eating and weight loss plan. So, as we say goodbye to 2013, let me leave you with this delicious Coconut Lime Chicken Soup Recipe that is sure to warm you up on a cold winter’s day. Soup is a GREAT food to help fill you up without using a lot of Weight Watchers Points, and I always like to try and eat some before going to a big party/dinner/event where I will be tempted by lots of yummy, high fat foods. I love this Coconut Lime Chicken Soup because it is so incredibly flavorful and fresh while still tasting light and revitalizing. And each serving is just 3 Points +! Have a nice sized bowl of this with your favorite salad for a light and healthy lunch, or serve it as an appetizer before dinner to help satiate your appetite. It’s absolutely delicious and very easy to prepare. The serrano peppers can make it a bit spicy, so if you’d prefer it less spicy, just use one or half of one. Enjoy!

And since I won’t be posting again until next year, I want to take a moment thank you all for an incredible 2013….I’m so glad that we all have each other to support and encourage through the struggle of weight loss, as it can seem an insurmountable task to accomplish alone. You have all been an incredible inspiration to me, and I am happy to be able to share my recipes with such a fabulous group of readers. I wish you all a safe and healthy New Year’s! Here’s to a wonderful new year…2014….LET’S DO THIS!!!!!

Happy New Year, everyone!!!

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Thai-Style Baked Mahi Mahi Recipe – 4 Points +

Thai-Style Baked Mahi Mahi

I’m always looking for more delicious ways to eat fish. And this Thai-Style Baked Mahi Mahi Recipe offers a wonderfully flavored, delicate white fish served a top roasted vegetables and smothered with a creamy coconut lime sauce. It was a dish that was not only colorful and beautiful, but very fresh and tasty. And each serving ended up being just 4 Points + each. Light and delicate, yet satiating,my husband and I loved this low calorie fish recipe. Cooking it in the sealed foil helps keep it moist and tender, and helps the essence of the coconut lime sauce penetrate the vegetables as well as the mahi mahi. This Thai-Style Baked Mahi Mahi is truly a satisfying Weight Watchers fish recipe.

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Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe – 5 Points +

Thai Shrimp Salad

This Thai Shrimp Salad Recipe was something I literally came up with and executed in about 20-25 minutes. I had just experimented with a Shrimp Spring Roll Recipe the day before which was FANTASTIC (recipe coming soon), and I just could not stop craving the flavors. Plus, I had some leftover ingredients on hand. So, I tossed together the salad, softened the saifun bean thread noodles, and whisked up the dressing. It was absolutely delicious and very filling for just 5 Points +. The saifun bean threads really help add some bulk to the salad without adding a lot of extra Points. The shrimp and peanut lime dressing provide the protein. It was one very satisfying salad. Next time I make it though, I’ll add more vegetables…like some small sweet red peppers and sugar snap peas. I was just in such a hurry to eat, I didn’t take the time to get too creative and add a lot of color like I usually try to do. I just needed that salad in my belly…ASAP! And don’t be intimidated by the “saifun bean threads”…they are just cellophane noodles or “glass noodles”…you should be able to find them in the Asian section of your grocery store. If you aren’t concerned about Weight Watchers Points, add some peanuts for extra crunch and deliciousness.

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Crunchy Thai Quinoa Recipe – 4 Points +

Crunchy Thai Quinoa

My, how I love a good quinoa recipe. Not only is it healthy and a much better alternative to rice or pasta, I think it’s absolutely delicious. And when combined with fresh, crunchy vegetables then dressed in a sweet and tangy ginger peanut dressing for just 4 Points + per serving, well, it’s downright FABULOUS. I came across the original version of this recipe at Ambitious Kitchen, and knew I had to try it. But I made some alterations in order to make it more Weight Watchers friendly and to enhance the flavor a bit. My version uses a fantastic, low calorie peanut butter substitute called Better’n Peanut Butter. If you haven’t tried it yet, so yourself a favor and get some! It’s a LOT lower in fat than regular peanut better and the taste is pretty close. If you don’t have the Better’n Peanut Butter, or don’t want to use it, you can absolutely use regular peanut butter, though it will probably tack on an extra Point or two. Regardless, this Crunchy Thai Quinoa Salad is a must try.

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Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps Recipe – 4 Points +

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Do you remember when there was that whole no-carb craze when everyone was serving burgers, chicken sandwiches, hot dogs, etc with lettuce instead of a bun? Well I do, and let me tell you, I was NOT a fan. Try and take away my bun from my most beloved cheeseburger, and you may seriously lose an arm. However, recently, while experimenting with some Thai chicken stir fry ideas, I was thinking how awesome it would be to eat with my hands. So, I decided to wrap some in a lettuce leaf and see what I thought. Now, people, before you call my a hypocrite, you have to realize that Thai chicken stir fry is not usually something served in a bun anyway, so I wasn’t really taking it away. I was merely adding the lettuce leaf wrap vs. using it a substitute for bread. It doesn’t count. But, I really, really enjoyed it and will very happily be making these over and over again. At just 4 Points + for two Thai Chicken Wraps, it’s an amazing Weight Watchers Thai Recipe that would be perfect for a lunch or dinner. And no forks required. So let’s leave the buns on the burgers, and use the lettuce for these Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps instead. Enjoy!

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Cilantro Grilled Chicken Breasts Recipe – 3 Points +

Cilantro Grilled Chicken Breasts

We’ve been having some lovely weather over the past few weeks, so I convinced my husband to bust out the grill and cook up some of these Thai-inspired Cilantro Grilled Chicken Breasts for me. This is such a simple low calorie marinade recipe that adds such tremendous flavor and moisture to the chicken. Plus, it looks lovely too! It literally took me about 5 minutes to make this marinade and pour it over the chicken. The chicken turned out incredibly moist and juicy, and we all LOVED it. And at just 3 Points + per serving, this is an excellent Weight Watchers grilling recipe for your next summer BBQ. Enjoy!

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Tom Kha Gai Soup Recipe – 3 Points +

Tom Kha Soup

Tom Kha Gai Soup, or Thai Coconut Soup, has always been one of absolute favorite foods. I salivate at the mere thought of it. Sweet, spicy, tangy….it has everything I adore. But restaurant versions can be waaaay high in fat in calories,. not to mention, it gets expensive buying soup from Thai restaurants all the time! So I decided to make a healthier, Weight Watchers Tom Kha Gai Soup at home, and see if I could get close to the restaurant flavor. Well, let me tell you, I was blown away by how incredible this Tom Kha Soup turned out!! Holy, moly, it was GOOD. And honestly, tasted exactly like the restaurant version, just not as oily. It was absolutely perfect. And just 3 Weight Watchers Points to boot! What amazed me the most though, was how easy and quick this soup was to make. If you are a fan of Thai coconut soup, then my low calorie Tom Kha Gai is a must make. Enjoy!

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Crock Pot Thai Green Curry Chicken Recipe – 6 Points +

Crock Pot Thai Green Curry Chicken

I LOVE Thai food and I love my crock pot, so this Crock Pot Thai Green Curry Chicken Recipe was the perfect marriage. Easy to put together, the end result is a delicious and filling green curry chicken that clocks in at only 6 Points + per serving. The only thing that I would do differently next time, is use fresh vegetables. The frozen Asian stir fry vegetables that I used tasted fine, but were a limp and soggy. If you prefer a more firm texture to your veggies, then I’d suggest using fresh vegetables instead of the frozen. Either way, this is still a super tasty and super easy Weight Watchers Crock Pot Recipe. Serve it over some brown rice or noodles for a complete meal. Enjoy!

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Thai Coconut Curry Basil Shrimp Recipe – 6 Points +

Thai Coconut Basil Shrimp

This Thai Coconut Curry Basil Shrimp Recipe is fresh, light, flavorful and satisfying, and makes a great Weight Watchers summer dinner recipe. The sweet, peppery basil complements the spicy curry perfectly, and the polenta makes a wonderful vehicle for all these fabulous flavors. This traditional Thai shrimp recipe is usually served over rice, but I like the lighter taste of the polenta. Each very nicely sized serving is just 6 Points +, and is packed with delicious flavor. Pair it with some fresh cucumber salad, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful, healthier alternative to Thai takeout that is much more Weight Watchers friendly.

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Easy Sesame Noodles with Vegetables Recipe – 5 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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Trader Joe’s Tom Yum Soup with Spinach Mushroom Wontons – 6 Points +

Tom Yum Soup

Trader Joe's Tom Yam Soup

While browsing through the frozen foods section at Trader Joe’s, I cam across today’s Fabulous Food Find…their Tom Yam Soup. If you aren’t familiar with this soup (also called Tom Yum Gai Soup, Tom Yum Kai Soup), it’s a traditional Thai soup made with coconut milk, lemongrass, various vegetable and Thai spices and is characterized by its distinct hot and sour flavors. Some variations are made with shrimp or chicken. The Trader Joe’s version is made without meat or any meat products, so it’s a great Weight Watchers vegetarian soup idea, too. It’s made with spinach and mushroom wontons which were SO AMAZINGLY more tasty than I anticipated! And the broth is full of the Thai flavors I adore. The spices all come in their own little packet, so you can add or as much or as little as you’d like to control the heat. Wanna learn more? Keep reading!!

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Chicken Pad Thai Recipe – 9 Points +

Chicken Pad Thai Noodles

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Lately, I’ve had a non-stop craving for Weight Watchers Thai food recipes, and I’ve managed to find a much healthier version of one of my favorite Thai food staples – Chicken Pad Thai. It’s a pretty simple recipe that really tastes amazing and even though it’s 9 Points + per serving, it has waaaaaay less fat and calories than the traditional Pad Thai recipes. I could have made it a few points less, but it was important to me to keep the peanut oil and peanuts, so as not to lose the flavor integrity of the dish. And if you’d rather have a Vegetarian Pad Thai Recipe, just sub out the chicken for tofu or shrimp. So if you need to get your Thai food craving satisfied, give this recipe a try!

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