Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry Makeover

There are some things that are just simply hard to resist like rich, creamy, crunchy, nutty Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry and a few other fatty goodies, but I like to believe that it’s possible to have it all without breaking the calorie bank.  Here’s my solution.  Add more of the good stuff.  The good stuff, you say?  Yep.  There’s no such thing as overdosing on veggies and I like to throw those bad boys in everything, even in my morning smoothie.

Below, I’ve taken a very rich dish and dialed the calories down a bit by substituting rice for vegetables such a bed of spaghetti squash and broccoli florets, which have way fewer calories, but are just as filling and satisfying.  If stir-fry isn’t on your menu this week, that’s cool.  You can transform any dish using the same concept including your favorite microwave dinners or homemade pastas.

If you don’t have spaghetti squash, fresh broccoli, or snow peas in your house, no sweat.  I’m sure you have some frozen veggies sitting in the freezer just waiting to be used.  Pull those bad boys out and makeover your next meal. Don’t forget to cut back on the richer, fattening ingredients.

BEFORE

Peanut Chicken Stir-Fry (without rice)

Larger portion of the super-rich stuff

Peanut Stir-Fry (2)

TRANSFORMATION :

Starting with Spaghetti Squash (substitute for rice)

Spaghetti Squash (1)

Next:

Bring on the Broccoli

Squash and Broccoli (1)

Now, decrease the stir fry portion.  You don’t need as much since you’ve got all of these amazing and filling veggies.

Stir-Fry Combo (2)

AFTER:

Since you have a few extra calories to play around with now that you’ve but back on the richness, add a teaspoon of roasted peanuts for crunch.

Peanuts (2)

Healthy Journey!

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