When you think of Chinese food, what typically comes to mind? While deep-fried spring rolls, sweet-and-sour chicken and fried rice are all staples of typical Chinese take-out, they tend to be full of excess sodium and calories – not ideal if you’re watching your waistline.
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But Chinese cuisine is so much more than the standard fried fare that’s delivered to your door. Below are 10 healthier, Chinese and Asian-inspired recipes that don’t skimp out on flavour.
Stir-Fried Ginger Shrimp
This shrimp stir-fry, compliments of My Recipes, clocks in at under 200 calories and has a whopping 23.8 grams of protein. Spicy, salty, and sweet all at the same time, this dish is an adventure for your tastebuds. Get the recipe.
These simple, vegetarian rolls are easy to make and make excellent hor d’oeuvres. Consisting of nothing more than various vegetables and homemade dressing, these delicacies are under 100 calories and offer four grams of protein and fibre each. Get the recipe.
Salmon With Spicy Coconut Sauce
Chock full of omega 3s, salmon is the key ingredient in this Asian-inspired recipe. Two other star ingredients are coconut milk and onion, which are not only heart-healthy, but provide a ton of flavour. In total, this meal takes less than an hour to prepare and is sure to please the entire family. Get the recipe
Chicken Lo Mein
This recipe for chicken lo mein is perfect if you’re craving classic Chinese take-out, without all that heavy sauce or MSG. Although this recipe requires an amount of preparation time, construction is easy and much more healthy than any regular restaurant order. Get the recipe
Tomato Egg Noodle Soup
Who doesn’t love a good, filling, noodle soup? This delectable dish is so, it only requires seven ingredients. It’s not heavy on the salt or soy sauce, which makes this meal ideal if you’re watching your sodium intake. Get the recipe
Bok Choy With Hoisin Sauce
The Fitness Gourmet has managed to cure all of our health woes by finding a way to keep the delicious taste of our beloved hoisin sauce with this healthier, homemade alternative. Get the recipe
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. 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. Get the recipe
Kung Pao Tofu
This Chinese takeout staple has a fresh new twist, thanks to Delish! The vegetarian spin on the classic dish utilizes tofu in place of meat while packing on the protein. Get the recipe
Lucky Chinese Soup
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, making this soup ideal when you are looking for a meal in a hurry. Get the recipe
Pineapple Fried Rice
This fried rice recipe offers a sweet-and-sour element, but with a healthy and delicious twist. The combination of sweet, caramelized pineapple with Thai spices will make you a believer. Get the recipe