Asian Cole Slaw
Apr07

Asian Cole Slaw

This versatile slaw is light, crunchy, and refreshing—fab for summer entertaining. (And waaaaay better for you than traditional Coleslaw!) Only 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving. It pairs wonderfully with brisket or steak. (Perfect for Passover!) Goes great with Chinese Take-Out too. (Mix it with Lo Mein to bulk it up and reduce the calories.)   When I was in South Africa last November for my dad’s 80th, I helped my sweet Auntie Angie—visiting from Israel—make her popular, five-ingredient slaw for shabbat dinner. Auntie Angie’s Super Simple Slaw one green cabbage, shredded 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar (oy!) 4 tablespoons soy sauce It was surprisingly delicious. But a little too high in oil and sugar for me. Then, a few weeks ago, we introduced our close friends, the Hills, to Wood Ranch in Agoura Hills—the always packed BBQ joint in the LA West Valley—and the charming waitress, Mia, insisted that we try some of their most popular sides before proceeding with our order of grilled asparagus and Caesar salad. (I guess she didn’t approve!) Well, I was soooo glad that she did, because otherwise I would never have discovered their fabulous slaw! Refreshingly crispy and just a little sweet. (I wished that I had eaten more slaw and less ribs as I waddled out of there feeling like a stuffed piglet!) Idea! What if I combined Auntie Angie’s Super Simple Slaw with Wood Ranch’s Original Peanut Coleslaw, giving it an Asian twist…? I used the same colorful, crunchy veggies—and of course, the roasted peanuts, which give that sweet and salty bite.  I added ginger and garlic, and substituted rice vinegar (my fav) and lime juice, and reduced the sugar and oil.  Yummmm!!!! And totally addicting! (I have literally eaten pounds of the stuff—just cannot get enough of it!) Trader Joe’s carries Natural Rice Vinegar and Toasted Sesame Oil—both reasonably priced. You can find them in the Asian section of your supermarket.           Add a drop to brighten up any dish, or whisk with lemon juice and olive oil for a tasty dressing.                 Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List (with Weight Watchers Power Foods and PointsPlus) >> If you’re in the mood for chopping veggies (I personally find it quite therapeutic)—go for it. But any 2 pound combination of pre-cut cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots—or even broccoli slaw—will work. I even saw an Asian Blend with Kale at Ralph’s. Make it a Meal Add Trader Joe’s Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Strips   Or StarKist Sweet & Spicy Tuna (Target)   Substitute edamame...

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Veggie Burger Chop Suey
Jan26

Veggie Burger Chop Suey

This is such a fun, pleasing dish to eat—inspired by Dr. Praeger’s Asian Veggie Burgers. (LOVE!) There are SO many different ways to make it, so even if you haven’t seen the veggie burgers, or you’re not a fan of canned goods, read on! Taking the final pics was torturous, because the wonderful aroma was permeating the whole house, and all I wanted to do was sit down and gobble it up!     My new Twitter friend, Kimlai Yingling, saw my lovin’ tweet for these yummy Asian-flavored patties, and asked me to review them for her website, EatinAsian, including what I would do with them. (Review coming soon to EatinAsian) Which got me thinking… I prefer digging into a steaming bowl of tasty goodness with chopsticks (my secret weight-loss weapon), so my creation isn’t in typical “omelet” style—known as Egg Foo Yong. (But if you like it that way, have at it) Mine is more like Chop Suey—without the meat. Whatever you wanna call it, I’m telling you, it’s better than Chinese Take-Out! (And waaaaay better for you.) Each time you find a piece of veggie burger or egg it’s like hitting gold! The burger might break up a bit, revealing the plump, sweet peas and carrots, and spreading distinct ginger flavor throughout the dish.   The long (julienne cut) veggies give you a noodle fix.   You could add celery, scallions, mushrooms, cabbage, or even shredded carrots to brighten up the color. But I tried to keep it really simple and do-able—with pantry and freezer ingredients.   You’ll always find water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, and bean sprouts in my pantry; for times when I’m out of veggies and feel like whipping up some Chinese Comfort Food! I wonder if it’s because my mother grew up in Shanghai and our family has long enjoyed Chinese Cooking. Do you usually keep Asian canned veggies on-hand? I’ll of course always take fresh bean sprouts over canned. The canned ones aren’t as crisp and they can be a bit sour, so make sure to rinse and drain well. You’ll find them in the Asian section of your local market.   TIP: Adding the sesame oil to the veggies—instead of cooking them in it—allows you to use less, but still enjoy the lovely, rich flavor.     I found Dr. Praeger’s Sensible Foods Asian Veggie Burger at Whole Foods Market. Click here to purchase at drpraegers.com >>   Too bad they don’t qualify for Weight Watchers Simple Start or Simply Filling (they would have to have 2g of fat or less, and these have 5), but TRUST ME these are worth the 3 PointsPlus! If...

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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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Asian Turkey Meatballs
Feb06

Asian Turkey Meatballs

The Asian flavors are a nice change from the usual Italian Style meatballs, and they are healthy to boot. (2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per meatball.) I love that you can prepare the meatballs in advance. Perfect party food. I made a double batch for our Super Bowl Party this past Sunday and they were a huge hit. The original recipe was for four turkey burgers, but I thought it would work well as a mini-meatball appetizer—and I was right! If you can’t find Lemonaise, mix Light mayo, mustard, salt and pepper and a bit of fresh squeezed lemon juice, rice vinegar & pinch of sugar to taste!     I use Thai Sweet Chili sauce instead of the fresh chili. It’s a little sweet so I reduce the amount of sugar. The cucumber salad is delicious served with any Asian-flavored dish. You can use English cucumbers, double the recipe—drain and serve. Make Ahead Tips You can make the meatballs ahead and freeze. Defrost in refrigerator overnight and reheat in the microwave before plating and serving. 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 >> Instant read thermometer. Other Party Foods you Might Like Caprese on a Stick >> Light Asian Broccoli Slaw & Quinoa Salad >> Mini Cauliflower Pizza Bites >> THE BEST Cowboy Caviar (healthy dip/salad/snack) >> Asian-Style Turkey Meatball Minis 2013-08-05 18:02:28 Yields 26 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per meatball. Write a review Save Recipe Print 86 calories 6 g 30 g 4 g 7 g 1 g 93 g 161 g 2 g 0 g 2 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 93g Yields 26 Amount Per Serving Calories 86 Calories from Fat 35 % Daily Value * Total Fat 4g 6% Saturated Fat 1g 5% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 1g Monounsaturated Fat 1g Cholesterol 30mg 10% Sodium 161mg 7% Total Carbohydrates 6g 2% Dietary Fiber 0g 2% Sugars 2g Protein 7g Vitamin A2%Vitamin C5% Calcium3%Iron4% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Cucumber Salad 5 small pickling or persian cucumbers, peeled and thinly sliced rounds (about 1/8-inch) 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced (I use less than 1/2 because I don't love raw onion) 1/4 cup rice vinegar (if you use seasoned rice vinegar just use a bit less salt) 1/8 cup sugar 1 teaspoon salt Meatballs 1 1/4 pounds ground turkey (I use 93% lean) 1/3 cup steamed jasmine rice (Trader Joe's frozen precooked jasmine...

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