You guys, I CANNOT get enough of Zoodles lately! If you haven’t heard of “noodles”, they are simply spiraled zucchini. It’s a great substitute for regular, high calorie pasta or rice noodles, and it takes on the flavor of whatever you are cooking it with, very nicely. After having such great success with it in many other recipes, I decided to try it in one of my most favorite noodle based recipes ever – Pad Thai. So instead of traditional Thai rice noodles, I used my Zoodles instead. It turned out fantastic! It was delicious, and filling, and definitely helped to satiate my craving for Pad Thai. If you have a couple of extra Smart Points to spare, I recommend adding some crushed peanuts on top, just before serving – it really helps to give that authentic, restaurant feel. Enjoy!
Pad Thai is a fabulous dish. It’s simple and easy – a wonderful one dish meal. One of the downsides for me, well, actually, there are two. Pad Thai noodles aren’t my favorite, and they tend to make the dish very carb heavy. This incredible Thai inspired stir fry is the answer to that. Skip the rice noodles and just stick with the bean sprouts instead. The key to cooking delicious tofu is to make sure that it’s seasoned well. To do this, you’ll just want to make sure that you let it simmer for quite awhile in the sauce. Then all you have to do is add the shrimp and carrots. I think I’m in love with this one. It’s simple and easy, only one pot is dirtied and it’s full of flavor and nutrients.
<This week is all about international cuisine at our house. We’ve had Mexican and Italian and now we’re moving on to Thai. Later on we’ll get some Asian in there too, and we’ll round it out this week with a really delicious cookies to bring it back home to the States. But right now we’ll try this delicious Thai curry. The downside of curry is the coconut milk. Coconut milk is delicious and essential in curry, but it also causes the whole dish to be hideously high in points +. So, I went back to the drawing board and came up with this version. It’s still higher in points that I was going for, but since the first recipe I had was 12 points + per serving– I’ll take this one. Not only that, it’s gluten free, dairy free and vegan. Don’t be put off by the tofu, when it’s seasoned with the curry sauce, it’s really delicious. Give this a try and you won’t be disappointed.
For those of us trying to eat low carb, these Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups are a perfect carb-free recipe that is super easy and quick to make, but also tastes absolutely amazing. Ground chicken breast is sautéed with wonderful Thai spices and are then served atop fresh, chilled lettuce leaves. I used romaine leaves with this, so it’s more like Thai Chicken Lettuce Boats, but butter lettuce and iceberg lettuce also work really well if you want more of a “cup-like” form. Each 2 lettuce boat/cup serving is just 5 Points +. On e word of caution…these Thai Chicken Lettuce Cups are incredibly addictive, and you may fid yourself craving that at 1am while watching Netflix…just sayin’.
I’ve always loved the creamy, spicy and tangy taste of curry recipes. And overtime I have a chance to try a new version, I jump on it! However of my good ol’ reliable standby curry recipes that I make frequently at home is this Thai Shrimp Curry Recipe. You can find the coconut milk, fish sauce and curry paste in the Asian section at the grocery store (Thai Kitchen is the brand I used, and it’s pretty readily available at most stores). I also love to bulk this dish up with vegetables such as carrots, red bell peppers, zucchini and tomatoes…yum! The flavor and heat is in the curry paste, so add more or less to suit your taste. I also like mine tangy, so I often add extra lime juice. Feel free to play around with yours until you achieve the perfect flavor that suits your mood. At just 7 Points + per serving, this Thai Shrimp Curry Recipe is way healthier than most restaurant versions. Enjoy!
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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!