Light Asian Broccoli Slaw & Quinoa Salad
Jan21

Light Asian Broccoli Slaw & Quinoa Salad

This deliciously refreshing salad has a little crunch, a little sweet, and a lot of healthy in each bite. And it literally takes TEN minutes to throw together!   I got the idea from my girlfriend, Nicole, who added tortilla chips to my Sweet & Spicy Tuna and Quinoa Salad (my most re-pinned recipe ever!), to make it less “light”. Loving the idea of the crunch, it inspired me to upgrade my Tuna Lunch Salad into a fun Super Bowl Party Salad, with cranberries and almonds. The quinoa absorbs the dressing and adds an interesting texture, not usually found in Chinese Chicken Salads—which started the craze for all the Asian-inspired salads—made with Ramen Noodles, which are higher in carbs, fat, and calories! (Who needs those?!) Did you know that a Chinese Chicken Salad at the Cheesecake Factory is 960 Calories?! They don’t even list the fat or fiber, so it’s impossible to calculate the points. I’m not sure why these cute little ancient grains (pronounced keen-wah) bring me such joy. 🙂 Especially now that you can buy pre-cooked packages at Trader Joe’s! (Love that!)     Mann’s is my favorite Broccoli Slaw because the red cabbage adds color, and I find Trader Joe’s Broccoli Slaw a little tough and unruly! But any brand will do—in fact, you could even use regular cole slaw to change it up.   Love that you can buy already-toasted almonds! Add them at the end to keep the crunch. If you’re not a fan, sunflower seeds or pepitas (pumpkin seeds) will do the job.   Trader Ming’s Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette rocks! And I love that it doesn’t count on Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling. But you could substitute any light Asian-inspired dressing. If you’re using an Asian-style dressing with oil, you can leave out the sesame oil.   Sesame Oil gives a wonderful, rich flavor, and a little goes a long way. If you don’t have any, leave it out, but it adds a lot to any oriental dish, so it’s a worthy investment!   I use Trader Joe’s organic Dried Cranberries, which are just as tasty and sweet as the regular ones, but lower in calories and sugar. Trader Joe’s organic Dried Cranberries 3 PointsPlus for 1/3 cup (120 calories) Trader Joe’s Dried Cranberries 4 PointsPlus for 1/4 cup (140 calories)   Apple Cider Vinegar blends well with the other flavors, and the little bit of acidity brightens up the dish. If you don’t have any, you could use rice vinegar, rice wine vinegar, or even a drop of balsamic vinegar. Add Trader Joe’s Just Teriyaki Chicken or Teriyaki Tofu Trader Joe’s Organic Baked Tofu, Teriyaki Flavor to make it a...

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Sweet & Spicy Asian Tuna Salad, with Quinoa
Jan12

Sweet & Spicy Asian Tuna Salad, with Quinoa

This no-cook, low fat, Asian-inspired salad will become your go-to, healthy lunch! I love that I can eat the whole, delicious bowl on Weight Watchers Simple Start without counting points! If you are counting points, the whole salad will only cost you 6 PointsPlus!   Quinoa (pronounced keen-wah) is one of the healthiest, high-protein ancient grains. It can be a bit of a pain to make, so now that Trader Joe’s has a ready-cooked, frozen version, it’s a great time to try it!   I LOVE the single serve pouches of StarKist Tuna Creations, Sweet & Spicy (2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus). Delish on a bed of lettuce with any Asian dressing, or even with Kraft Fat Free Thousand Island Dressing.   Substitute any chunk light tuna in water, or salmon in water, if you’re doing Weight Watchers Simple Start (or Simply Filling) to keep it all Weight Watchers Power Foods. (Though I think it’s a worthy 2 PointsPlus!) – or – Change it up with Trader Joe’s Organic Marinated Teriyaki Tofu in place of the tuna!   – or – Cut up a Dr. Praeger’s Asian Veggie Burger (3 PointsPlus) I found these awesome burgers at Whole Foods Market, but you can check availability or order them online >>   If you can’t find Broccoli Slaw, any cole slaw mix will do. I’m a huge fan of Trader Ming’s Fat Free Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette, but any low calorie Asian-style dressing will work! 1 PointsPlus for 2 tablespoons (or zero points on Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling)   My other fav is Litehouse Toasted Sesame Ginger Dressing, which I found at Ralph’s Market with the refrigerated dressings. Click here for the Litehouse Foods Store Locator >> (I’m thinking Trader Joe’s might just have re-bottled this exact dressing and slapped a Trader Ming’s Label on it!) 1 PointsPlus for 2 tablespoons (or zero points on Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling)   What’s your favorite low calorie Asian Dressing?   Sweet & Spicy Asian Tuna Salad, with Quinoa 2014-01-12 19:37:34 Serves 1 6 Weight Watchers PointsPlus for the whole salad. Write a review Save Recipe Print 436 calories 68 g 20 g 7 g 26 g 1 g 227 g 58 g 2 g 0 g 5 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 227g Servings 1 Amount Per Serving Calories 436 Calories from Fat 65 % Daily Value * Total Fat 7g 11% Saturated Fat 1g 6% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 3g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 20mg 7% Sodium 58mg 2% Total Carbohydrates 68g 23% Dietary Fiber 10g 39% Sugars 2g Protein 26g Vitamin A11%Vitamin C127% Calcium10%Iron39% * Percent Daily...

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FIVE Veggie Upgrades and Meal Ideas
Jan09

FIVE Veggie Upgrades and Meal Ideas

Steamed broccoli won’t stop me from reaching for hubby’s pizza, but if I have delicious veggies already prepared, it’s a breeze to stick to Simple Start and feel the Power Foods Love! I hope you’ll be inspired by my quick and easy Veggie Upgrades and satisfying Weight Watchers Simple Start meals!     Simple Roasted Winter Veggies 1 sweet potato, 1 yam, and 4 carrots: peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes. Spray half sheet pan covered with olive oil cooking spray. Spread out veggies in a single layer and spray them with cooking spray. Sprinkle with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast at 425 degree F for about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally, until tender and brown. They’ll be sweet and a little caramelized—yummm!   Turn into a Heart-Warming Winter Salad Toss Trader Joe’s Butter Lettuce and Radicchio (or greens of your choice) with Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil or Trader Joe’s Fat Free Balsamic Vinaigrette (0 WW PP for 2 tablespoons). Top with warm veggies, Turkey Meatballs, halved (Trader Joe’s frozen – 3 WW PP for 2 meatballs), and Parmesan Cheese (1 WW PP for 1 tablespoon) or kick it up a notch with Trader Joe’s Shaved Cheese Blend. (3 WW PP for 2 tablespoons) This is Mr. Picky’s FAVORITE lunch!     TIP: We LOVE slightly sweet and bodacious (can you call vinegar bodacious?), Gourmet Blends Traditional Balsamic Vinegar! I can’t wait for my salad every night because this vinegar is SO special! It’s somewhere between a reduction (like Trader Joe’s Balsamic Glaze) and a regular balsamic. Just sweet and thick enough! (And it’s ZERO points!)   I get mine at the Calabasas Farmer’s Market, but you can purchase them online at gourmetblends.us >>   Mushroom Madness Sauté sliced mushrooms in a nonstick skillet sprayed with Olive Oil spray; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium high heat for 8 – 10 minutes. TIP: Crimini Mushrooms (Baby Portabellas) are meatier and more flavorful than Button Mushrooms, but either will work.   Make it a Mixed Grill This is my go-to, Power Foods, slim-down-fast meal! Add a Boca Original Vegan Veggie Burger, fried egg and sautéed tomato and onion slices cooked in cooking spray in a nonstick skillet. Sprinkle with Worcestershire sauce and/or mix ketchup and Worcestershire for dipping. – or – Guilt-Free Pasta Add Baby Spinach and Barilla Plus Spaghetti or Trader Joe’s Brown Rice Quinoa Fusilli Pasta, a little Extra Virgin Olive Oil and Parmesan Cheese for a light and healthy Pasta Entree. (You’ll only be paying points for the Parmesan: 1 WW PP for 2 tablespoons) – or – Polenta Topping Polenta is a great...

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Kid-Friendly Broccoli Slaw

I developed this recipe many years ago when I joined Weight Watchers, and had to figure out how to stretch twenty “points” a day. The long strands of the broccoli slaw gave me the same satisfaction as pasta (ok—a bit of a stretch) and was zero points! I would add some shredded roast chicken and in no time had a satisfying and delicious meal. Weight Watchers…   Orna with the Duchess of York Weight Watchers Convention, 2004   I joined Weight Watchers in 2001, and after losing 35 pounds on the program (Points & Core Plan), I became a leader and Ambassador for Weight Watchers, and then a Private Coach. Click here for Orna’s Weight Loss Journey (with before and after pics) >> Kid Friendly… My toddler, Aja, LOVES my broccoli slaw; she’s been devouring it since she first started solids. Just cut it up with a kitchen scissors into more manageable pieces for the little ones, so the strands don’t get stuck in their throats. It does get a little messy… but it’s well worth it! Sautéed Broccoli Slaw         Notes:     Broccoli cole slaw is shredded carrots and broccoli stems—instead of the usual shredded cabbage found in cole slaw. Some brands of broccoli slaw (eg. Trader Joes) are a bit tough and stringy, so you might have to simmer for longer, and make sure to cut it into smaller pieces for kids. Tip: I always keep powdered chicken broth in my pantry. It adds flavor to many dishes, and it’s convenient when you only need a small amount. It is also a great Weight Loss Tool: Around 5pm in winter when I feel hungry—or “peckish”, as we would say in South Africa—I fill up on a cup of chicken broth. I used to use Telma Chicken Cubes, but hated having to bash the poor cube with a fork to get it to dissolve properly. Then my sister-in-law, Robyn, introduced me to the powder and I never went back! I do still use Telma Vegetable Cubes because they thicken and add depth of flavor to vegetable dishes—you should try it. Or just to sip on; the carrots and bits at the bottom are strangely satisfying, and the vegetable broth is thicker and more filling than chicken broth. Click here for Orna’s Curried Veggies Recipe >> Cool Tools Masterclad Pro Series Saute 12″ Non-Stick Pan with lid. Favorite sauté pan EVER! I discovered them at Costco on a special promotion, but you can find them online. You Might Also Like Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites—OMG they’re that good >> Guilt Free “Slap Chips” (aka Fat Free Potato Chips)...

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