Better Than Take-Out Orange Chicken

Growing up in a small town means no Chinese food restaurant.  So the first thing I did when I got my driver’s license was drive to the near-by town with my best friend to go to the Chinese buffet.  It was the ultimate sign of freedom.  (although we somehow managed to get lost driving home from Marshfield.  To this day, I have no idea how we did that).

Now that I live in the “big city” getting Chinese food is less of a special event, but it still tastes just as delicious.  Unfortunately, the deep fried dishes and heavy sauces take a toll on the waistband.  This healthy version of Orange Chicken doesn’t sacrifice any of the taste and cuts down the calories.  Instead of deep frying the chicken, the chicken is sauteed.  Plus, the sauce is full of fresh ingredients and low-sodium soy sauce.  Place this chicken and sauce over rice, and it makes a great meal.  Matt and I aren’t big fans of rice so we opted out of the rice.  Without rice, this meal is 5 Weight Watchers Plus Points.

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Peeta Pockets

I have always been a sandwich lover. From peanut butter and jelly to my “world famous” turkey, avocado, tomato stacked sandwich, I can always go for a sandwich.  This chicken pita has a zesty, fresh taste that is perfect for lunch or dinner.  With all the hype around the Hunger Games, I named this dish after my favorite character Peeta Mellark.

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Key Lime Grilled Chicken Kabobs

I woke up this morning and realized I only have one month left until I graduate from law school.  And that means a summer of studying for the bar.  And if I’m gonna stay sane, there is going to have to be lots of cook outs, happy hours, and patio drinking (I’m talking to you Mel Bakker!)

I’m too excited to wait for warm weather so I broke out some new grilling recipes.  Tonight I made Key Lime Grilled Chicken Kabobs for only 5 Weight Watcher’s Plus Points.

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Asian Glazed Chicken

A college tradition at La Crosse was Wednesday night wings.  Every Wednesday, you and all your friends would walk down to 3rd street to get 10 cent wings and dollar PBRs.  It was a fun tradition that Matt really misses now that he’s a “grown up” who lives a city where Wednesday wings means 75 cents a wing.  Not much of a deal.  So I decided we could make our own Wednesday night wings.  Only this time, they would be healthier.  Now that I am in the middle of p90x, I really can’t be eating deep fried wings.  I found this great recipe from SkinnyTaste that is amazing.  It’s a mixture between our Wednesday wings and Chinese food.  And the best part is it is healthier than both!  It is a bit saltier so you will want to keep your portion small. (unless you are Matt who devoured that entire plate!)

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