When you think of Chinese dishes, what comes to mind? Fried donuts, sweet and sour chicken, fried rice? All of those things are popular and delicious, but can be very unhealthy if eaten often. As a result, it is commonly assumed that Chinese can only be consumed as a guilty pleasure. As with most other foods, there is always a healthy option underway. Below are ten healthy Chinese recipes to try the next time you find yourself with a craving!
Stir-Fried Ginger Shrimp
This shrimp stir-fry, compliments of My Recipes, is another meal that falls under 200 calories and has 23.8 grams of protein! A number of ingredients are necessary for the preparation of this dish but the shrimp is extremely easy to make. The stir-fry gives off spicy, salty, and sweet flavors all at the same time, giving intense stimulation to the tastebuds!
These simple, vegetarian rolls are simple and easy to make! Consisting of nothing more than vegetables and dressing, these delicacies are under 100 calories and offer four grams of protein and fiber each! BBC Good Food gives the easiest instructions on how to make these rolls, which can be completed in under thirty minutes!
Salmon with Spicy Coconut Sauce
Salmon, a healthy seafood that is great for building muscle mass, is the key ingredient in this Asian-inspired recipe. Two other healthy ingredients that are a major part of this dish are coconut milk and onion, which are also good foods to add to your diet. In total, this meal takes less than an hour to prepare and is sure to please the entire family!
Chicken Lo Mein
This recipe for chicken lo mein is perfect for people who crave the classic Chinese take-out taste without making their waistlines pay for it. Although this recipe requires an amount of preparation time, construction is easy and much more healthy than any regular restaurant that you would typically order this dish from!
Tomato Egg Noodle Soup
Who doesn’t love a good, filling soup? On those cold winter days, there’s nothing better than curling up with a nice bowl of soup to keep you warm and fill you up. The thing that makes this soup so easy is that it only requires seven ingredients to complete. There is a small amount of salt and soy sauce, so those of you who are watching their sodium intake are taken care of!
Bok Choy with Hoisin Sauce
A common favorite, hoisin sauce, is typically not the most healthy condiment available for Chinese food, however The Fitness Gourmet managed to cure all of our health woes by finding a way to keep the delicious taste of our beloved sauce without having to suffer the consequences later by creating a healthy alternative!
Daikon and Carrot Soup
This soup recipe comes from The Steamy Kitchen and is a wonderful recipe for someone who is trying to get over a cold, not to mention that it is very healthy. The soup has ginger, carrot, scallops, shrimp, and more healthy and filling ingredients in it. Overall the soup only takes about an hour to make, allowing you to feed your hungry family quickly.
Kung Pao Tofu
This Chinese takeout staple has a fresh new twist, thanks to Delish! This vegetarian spin on the classic dish utilizes tofu in place of meat while packing on the protein! At the end of it all, this dish comes in at under 200 calories. This recipe is definitely something to consider next time you have a taste for some Kung Pao Chicken!
Lucky Chinese Soup
This soup isn’t lucky for nothing! Thanks to Health.com, this recipe is only 100 calories and has 10 grams of protein, making this soup beneficial for any day! The tofu and shitake mushrooms give off the feel of having a meaty soup without all of the calories, so don’t feel guilty if you want to go back for seconds! Cooking only takes about 20 minutes, so this soup is great when you are looking for a meal in a hurry.
Pineapple Fried Rice
This fried rice recipe offers a sweet and sour element, but with a healthy and delicious twist added to the mix! This recipe does not involve a large number of ingredients, and offers them in small proportions, making them even more beneficial!