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Sweet & Sour Chicken with Brown Rice

In about the time it takes to order and pick up Chinese takeout, you can make this much healthier version of sweet & sour chicken. Our version loses all the saturated fat that comes from deep-frying, along with the extra sugar and salt. If you prefer, use tofu instead of chicken, and use your favorite vegetables; just be sure to cut them into similar-size pieces so they all cook at about the same rate.

» Sweet & Sour Chicken with Brown Rice

Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad

These ultra-thin, crisp cookies are a snap to make and have a fortune cookie-inspired flavor. Serve alongside a homemade or purchased fruit salad to increase your fruit servings for the day while still satisfying your sweet tooth.

» Orange Crisps with Citrus Fruit Salad

Sichuan-Style Chicken with Peanuts

The piquant Sichuan Sauce (which doubles easily) works well with almost any stir-fry but particularly enhances dishes with meat, fish and poultry. When stir-frying chicken, always spread the pieces in the wok and let them cook undisturbed for 1 minute before stirring. This allows the chicken to sear and prevents sticking. To smash the ginger, use the side of a cleaver or chef's knife.

» Sichuan-Style Chicken with Peanuts

Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

People along the Yangtze River enjoy dumplings with a variety of fillings, from seafood to red meat, eggs to vegetables. In Wuhan, dumplings may be served at any meal. Crisp, pan-fried dumplings don't have to be loaded with fat. Cooking them in a mix of water and oil makes them crisp on the bottom, tender and juicy inside.

» Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings

Beef Chow Fun

Brown sugar added to black bean-garlic sauce is what gives this stir-fry its unmistakable Chinese takeout flavor. The recipe for beef chow fun works equally well with tofu for a vegetarian meal or boneless, skinless chicken breast. Serve with sliced cucumbers tossed with rice vinegar, sesame seeds and a pinch of salt.

» Beef Chow Fun

Farmers' Market Fried Rice

This fried rice recipe features a fall mixture of sliced Brussels sprouts and parsnips, but feel free to use whatever is fresh and in season. This recipe works best in a wok— a skillet is too small for the volume of food and requires more oil to prevent sticking. Always use cold cooked rice, otherwise the fried rice will be gummy and sticky.

» Farmers' Market Fried Rice

Sweet & Sour Pork

Pineapple, tomato and pork combine in a sweet-tangy sauce in this easy, bright- flavored sweet and sour pork stir-fry. This dish does have a fair amount of acid (from vinegar, tomatoes and pineapple), which can affect the patina of your wok. So remove the food from the wok as soon as you’re done cooking, and if your wok shows any signs of rusting, reseason it (see Tips).

» Sweet & Sour Pork


Try these easy Chinese food recipes for dinner tonight.

Take-out from your neighborhood Chinese restaurant is certainly quick and easy. But the typical sauces can be sugary-sweet or way too salty, and a lot of options come battered and deep-fried—hardly the most nutritious fare. EatingWell’s healthy Chinese recipes are makeovers of traditional favorites, such as Sweet & Sour Chicken with Brown Rice and Scallop & Shrimp Dumplings. Skip the white rice—instant brown rice is quick and more nutritious—and you’ll have a crowd-pleasing meal ready in no time. Don’t forget the chopsticks!

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COMMENTS POSTEDsort icon

Mmm! Chinese food is something I crave often, but it's so hard on the waistline. Thanks for these great recipes. Another suggestion is to go to dim sum, and order steamed dumplings like har gow and siu mai. Although they are not zero-calorie, they satisfy that ginger, garlic, soy, noodle craving that I have so often.
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Anonymous

12/07/2009 - 6:22pm

But authentic Chinese food is very healthy. It's just hard to find recipes that aren't Americanized. One Chinese woman told me that they don't use much oil at home. Not only is it less healthy it makes a mess. She said many times they steam veggies and eat rice and noodles. Then I found Linda Yo's videos on youtube. She gives a lot of tips that have helped me lose weigh. It's slow going but I'd rather drop the weight slowly and keep it off than to drop it fast and gain double back. I'm about 90% vegetarian right now with the meat being mostly fish.

Anonymous

01/21/2010 - 12:16am

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