Hungry Girl: DIY Chinese Food Under 300 Calories

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I love Chinese food, and one of my favorite decadent dishes is egg foo young. A tasty cross between a omelette and a crispy pancake, egg foo young can be high in calories when it comes from your local Chinese joint. Skip the takeout versions and make this healthy recipe instead!

Egg-cellent Foo Young
Serves 2

1 ½ cups chicken broth
1 ½ Tbsp. cornstarch
1 tbsp. reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce
1 cup (about 8 large) egg whites or fat-free liquid egg substitute
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 cup chopped bean sprouts
½ cup chopped mushrooms
½ tsp. chopped garlic
4 oz. raw bay shrimp, peeled, tails removed, deveined
4 oz. cooked and shredded (or finely chopped) skinless chicken breast
¼ cup chopped scallions


1. To make the sauce, combine the following in a small nonstick pot: broth, cornstarch, and 2 tsp. soy sauce. Whisk until cornstarch has dissolved.
2. Bring to a boil, stirring often. Set heat to low. Cook and stir until thickened, about 4 minutes. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
3. In a large bowl, whisk egg substitute with remaining 1 tsp. soy sauce. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium heat. Add onion, bean sprouts, mushrooms, and garlic. Cook and stir until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook and stir until veggies are soft and shrimp are cooked through, about 2 minutes.
4. Transfer contents of the skillet to the large bowl. Add chicken and scallions, and stir well.
5. Remove skillet from heat. Clean, if needed. Respray, and bring to medium-high heat. Add half of the mixture in heaping ¼ cup portions to form about 5 small pancakes, using a spatula to help pancakes take shape. Cook for 1 – 2 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through.
6. Plate pancakes and repeat with remaining mixture.
7. Serve pancakes topped with sauce.


Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

Nutritional Information: ½ of recipe (about 5 pancakes with sauce): 286 calories, 2g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 1,026mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 2.5g fiber, 7g sugars, 45g protein

‘Til next time… Chew the right thing!

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