Low-Cal But Still Lovely
So, the big question is ... can you eat well and still watch your diet? Of course you can! When I am watching my food intake, one thing that helps me stay satisfied is lots of chewing. This Asian chopped salad with edamame is a really tasty, cold veggie dish which has lots of flavor and lots of chewing — and even heat if you choose to make it that way. I found this recipe on the Weight Watchers website — it serves 8 and each portion is 5 points for those of you who care. It has protein-rich edamame which I love. The points come from the sesame oil sesame seeds and the honey. As you know, veggies are free!
2 cup(s) shredded red cabbage
2 cup(s) shredded carrot(s)
2 cup(s) edamame (shelled), cooked and cooled
1 large yellow pepper(s), seeded and thinly sliced
2 average Serrano chile(s), seeded and minced (or less to taste)
8 oz canned water chestnut(s), rinsed, drained, thinly sliced
6 medium uncooked scallion(s), sliced
1/4 cup(s) mint leaves, fresh, minced
5 Tbsp fresh lime juice
8 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 Tbsp honey
2 tsp ginger root, fresh, grated
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrots, edamame, both kinds of peppers, water chestnuts, scallions and mint.
In a small bowl, whisk together lime juice, oil, honey, ginger and salt. Pour over vegetable mixture and toss to coat; garnish with sesame seeds. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving. Throw in some tofu, and you have dinner!