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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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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Portabella Mushrooms with Balsamic Marinade—grilled or sautéed
Apr15

Portabella Mushrooms with Balsamic Marinade—grilled or sautéed

I saw these gorgeous Portabella mushrooms at Costco and it inspired me to make these easy, fresh and delicious mushrooms. I sautéed them in a pan, but in summer just throw them on the grill for a healthy side. Only $4.79 for 4 at Costco Marinated Portabella Mushrooms You can add 1/2 teaspoon of dried thyme or dried basil to the marinate if you’re a fan of herbs. I like to serve them with balsamic vinegar and olive oil or balsamic vinaigrette for the extra lettuce once I’ve eaten my share of the mushrooms! Nutritional Info for 1 mushroom with 1 cup of greens calories 60 fat 3g carb 7g protein 3g 2 Weight Watchers PointsPlus values for 1 mushroom with 1 cup of greens Weight Watchers Power Food Click here for more info on Weight Watchers Power Foods >> Click here for Orna’s Trader Joe’s Shopping List >> Click here for Orna’s Costco Shopping List >> Portabella Mushrooms with Balsamic Marinade 2013-08-06 17:15:20 Serves 4 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 20 min Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 20 min 64 calories 9 g 0 g 3 g 3 g 0 g 212 g 246 g 6 g 0 g 2 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 212g Servings 4 Amount Per Serving Calories 64 Calories from Fat 24 % Daily Value * Total Fat 3g 4% Saturated Fat 0g 2% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 0g Monounsaturated Fat 2g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 246mg 10% Total Carbohydrates 9g 3% Dietary Fiber 3g 10% Sugars 6g Protein 3g Vitamin A11%Vitamin C6% Calcium3%Iron5% * 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? Ingredients 4 large Portabella mushrooms, stems discarded 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tablespoon soy sauce (use low sodium if required) about half a 1 lb bag mixed greens (recommended: Trader Joe's Butter Lettuce with Radicchio) olive oil cooking spray Instructions Whisk balsamic vinegar, garlic, soy sauce and oil together in a measuring cup. Place mushrooms in a gallon ziplock bag; pour sauce over and distribute evenly over mushrooms, expelling air before closing. Marinate in fridge 1 - 3 hours (or at room temperature for 1/2 hour), turning frequently. To Saute Remove mushrooms from sauce; discard sauce. Slice mushrooms into 1-inch thick pieces. Spray a 12-inch non-stick sauté pan with olive oil cooking spray. Saute mushroom slices over medium-high heat, stirring often, until cooked through,...

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