A friend made the most delicious Asian peanut noodles this weekend. They were creamy, peanutty, wow delicious. However I suspected (and confirmed) they were super high calorie given peanut butter and pasta are not the most diet friendly foods. But I was determined to make a healthy version that I could enjoy more often.
I needed a few tricks to lower the calorie count but keep all the great flavor. First I substituted PB2, a powdered low calorie peanut butter, for regular peanut butter. This saved me about 540 calories the whole recipe. Next I used chicken breast instead of chicken thighs which saved around 120 calories. Finally, I reduced the sesame oil in the recipe to just 1 teaspoon instead of the 1/4 cup she had used, this saved another 400 calories. Almost forgot, I added a bunch of extra veggies. The result? Delicious, peanut packed noodles, without all the fat and calories. These noodles are delicious warm and cold and would taste great as a vegetarian dish without the chicken.
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