I love Thai food, but I’m trying to lose weight. So I look for recipe tweaks. I substitute foods to cut calories, sodium, gluten, fat and sugar. I swap for high fiber, vegetable and protein alternatives. As a busy work-at-home mom, I don’t have time for labor-intensive cooking. Here are three quick, easy Thai recipes with diet alternatives.
Very Green Thai Curry Salad: Most Thai dishes are served over rice or noodles. Swap those for veggies; cut calories plus add vitamins.
–Blend one tablespoon olive or sunflower oil with one teaspoon Kreung Gaeng Kiow Wahn–green Thai curry paste, like Savory Spice Shop. For milder salt-free curry, blend turmeric, paprika, fenugreek, cumin, coriander, shallots, garlic, cilantro, lemon grass and lime juice. Add minced ginger and Bragg’s Liquid Amino soy sauce alternative.
–Saute one pound cubed sweet potatoes or firm tofu in curry mixture.
–Blend in one can coconut milk, one cup sugar-free vanilla almond milk and xylitol zero calorie sweetener or Monk Fruit in the Raw.
–Serve over Taylor Farms Asian Salad Blend. Dieters, omit dressing and wonton toppings. I pick out some of the cilantro as it’s a bit overpowering.
Almond Pad Thai “Noodles”
Spray wok or frying pan with zero calorie cooking spray. Add curry powder from recipe above and ginger. Saute chopped green onions and Nasoya Pasta Zero shirataki noodles. Shirataki noodles are high fiber, gluten and fat free with only 15 calories. Substitute 1/4 cup healthier sliced almonds for peanuts.
Lowfat Peanut Butter Chicken
Saute one pound chopped chicken breast in pan coated with non-stick cooking spray. Add chopped green peppers, leeks, carrots and celery. For peanut sauce, blend two tablespoons Bell Plantation PB2 peanut powder, one cup almond milk, Bragg’s Liquid Amino and Monk Fruit in the Raw sweetener. Serve sauce sauce over chicken and vegetables.
Low calories, carbs, fat, sugar and salt, plus fiber and protein means I can enjoy Thai food and still lose weight!