Why take out when you can prepare your own favorite Chinese dishes at home? It’s easy to make these healthier (and equally delicious) versions in the comfort of your own kitchen. Each of these five recipes is full of lean protein and bright veggies. Just be sure to use reduced-sodium soy sauce to keep salt in check. (If you insist on eating out, we get it, and we’ve got you covered — check out our 8 Healthier Chinese Takeout Favorites for a guide on lighter dish options.)
1. BROCCOLI BEEF STIR-FRY | COOK SMARTS
Take a break from takeout by making your own savory broccoli beef stir-fry. This mouthwatering meal features nutritious broccoli and mushrooms, plus plenty of lean beef, all smothered in a savory sauce. It’s served over brown rice for a complete meal. Recipe makes 4 servings, at 1/4 of stir-fry + 1/2 cup cooked rice each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 489; Total Fat: 17g; Saturated Fat: 5g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 57mg; Sodium: 614mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 3g; Protein: 39g
2. STICKY GINGER SOY GLAZED CHICKEN | BUDGET BYTES
Want something savory and saucy? Look no further. This chicken dish starts with a simple marinade and ends with juicy chicken bathed in a caramelized sauce. Pair with jasmine rice and veggies for a flavorful and filling meal. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 188; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 1g; Cholesterol: 79mg; Sodium: 258mg; Carbohydrate: 7g; Dietary Fiber: 0g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 18
3. STIR-FRIED CAULIFLOWER “RICE” BOWL | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
Get more vegetable into your day with our stir-fried cauliflower “rice” bowl, which is also friendly for the carb-conscious crowd. You can enjoy all the flavors of fried rice — egg, carrots and peas — on a bed of savory cauliflower “rice.” If you crave a protein boost, serve with a side of lean chicken or broiled shrimp. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/4 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 277; Total Fat: 11g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 212mg; Sodium: 523mg; Carbohydrate: 33g; Dietary Fiber: 10g; Sugar: 7g; Protein: 14g
4. SHRIMP & SNOW PEA NOODLES | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
Make easy, juicy shrimp and snow pea noodles using this recipe from Healthy Nibbles & Bits. Lean shrimp, crisp snow peas and tender noodles combine in a spicy soy-based sauce that’s sure to tickle your taste buds. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 363; Total Fat: 9g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 172mg; Sodium: 337mg; Carbohydrate: 38g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 27g
5. LEMON CHICKEN & ASPARAGUS STIR-FRY | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
Check out this 25-minute stir-fry from Clean Eating that is loaded with fresh veggies like asparagus. This quick and easy dish bursts with bright, lemony flavor and offers plenty of crunch. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 260; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 65mg; Sodium: 540mg; Carbohydrate: 14g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 32g