6 Healthy Chinese Recipes


By: , – Michael Tyrrell, Family Circle
  :  17 comments   :  27,221 Views

Family Circle's lighter, homemade versions of takeout favorites really deliver.

Moo Shu Vegetables
Makes: 10 wraps
Prep: 15 minutes
Grill: 6 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes, 30 seconds
Get the recipe

Sichuan Chicken
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Get the recipe

Pepper Steak
Makes: 6 servings
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Get the recipe

Find recipes at FamilyCircle.com!

Need more dinner inspiration?
What is your favorite Chinese takeout dish?

Provided photos

Click here to to redeem your SparkPoints
  You will earn 5 SparkPoints
See More: family circle,
Got a story idea? Give us a shout!
NEXT ENTRY >   10 Ways to Use Roasted (or Sun-Dried) Tomatoes


  • 17
    I love Moo Goo Gai Pan (which, if I understand our Chinese restaurant lady, means "Chicken with Vegetables and Mushrooms")...

    As for the six recipes, and only three in this article - this is a common "trick" I have seen - I don't like it, but it has to do with them "borrowing" the idea for this blog based on an article written originally for Family Circle magazine. So, the idea is to write the blog and cite word for word only half of the points, and then wrap up the article by handing it off back to read the original article on the originating website. Problem is, then you (usually? frequently?) get assaulted by demands to submit your email and be spammed for life by the other website, because they know you are arriving on a link from SparkPeople. So they are agreeing to it because they hope to gather in more customers for their site. Of course, if you are already a member or subscribe, then you usually get to the original article easy-peasy. However, what I've also found is by the time the article is 2-5 years old, that URL no longer works anyway. Then if I'm lucky, I can search for the article in the original website and maybe it's there or maybe it's been archived so much that "good luck" getting to ever read it (maybe find it in a cache somewhere like via Google, but even that's getting trickier to do.). I've been trying to get the Family Circle page to load up in all the time I've been writing this comment in April 2016 and the original blog on this is Aug 2011. So I'm not holding my breath... - 4/14/2016   5:12:42 PM
  • 16
    Camdencyclist was right....article is entitled SIX recipes and there are only three....where are the other three? - 7/18/2012   1:40:41 AM
  • 15
    The Moo Shu Vegetables looks great. I'm not a fan of tofu though. Maybe I'll make it with Gardein Chik'n Strips. Or maybe add some black beans for the protein. - 7/15/2012   3:13:31 PM
  • 14
    My favorite Chinese food varies depending on the restaurant but you can't beat good shrimp fried rice or veg lo mein. Alas, I haven't had either of those in about 2 years since they are so full of carbs. The restaurant that I used to go to weekly started having a lo carb menu but they were still serving rice with those options so it's best for me to just stay away unless I just want to have a splurge day. - 7/15/2012   9:08:23 AM
  • 13
    I like chinese food but I prefer Thai food to Chinese. The sauces are lighter and spicier! I especially like green currey dishes (hot) and Pad Thai with peanut sauce. - 7/15/2012   8:07:39 AM
  • 12
    I love General Taos but I haven't had any Chinese food in about 3 years. Too much salt. - 9/7/2011   6:51:40 PM
  • 11
    I really like Chinese food but don't want to purchase all the sauces that make the dinners taste soooo good! I already have enough sauces in my refrigerator. And when I make Chinese my husband acts like it's second rate anyways. So I guess we do takeout. - 8/29/2011   1:20:41 PM
  • 10
    We often choose Chinese when we eat out but the recipes always seem too complicated to fix at home. These recipes look easy and tasty though so I'll be trying some of them! Thanks for giving me another way to fix a meal that seems "special" at home! - 8/19/2011   9:07:27 AM
  • 9
    We never eat chinese. - 8/18/2011   9:41:58 AM
  • 8
    I like General Tso's chicken
    - 8/16/2011   6:41:37 PM
    None of these would be healthy for me since I don't digest soy products well. - 8/16/2011   1:11:29 PM
  • 6
    I love sweet and sour chicken and chicken chow mein and stir fry rice! Yum! - 8/16/2011   11:35:00 AM
  • 5
    I'm glad to see a vegetarian recipe right at the top. It looks tasty but I think it would be better to press the tofu first (to learn how, google: how to press tofu). I thought there were going to be six Chinese recipes though! - 8/16/2011   11:03:59 AM
  • 4
    I love so much of proper Chinese food. The dishes are healthy if cooked coreectly with lots of heat and little fat when stirfrying!! - 8/16/2011   10:54:56 AM
    Most people don't realize that traditional Chinese food is extremely healthy for a person. The problem is that the stuff we get in Chinese restaurants isn't traditional Chinese food. It's recipes adjusted for American tastes. As a result, many recipes are now loaded with too much meat, sugar, salt and fat.

    What's my favorite traditional food ? I like the soups. I'm a big fan of Chinese soups like a beef noodle soup or won ton soup. I also like short ribs in black bean sauce. And well, if I'm splurging, I'm a General Tsao's chicken fan too.

    Trivia, did you know there was a famous General Gao/Tsao, but he had no chicken ? LOL !

    There is a wonderful book called the Fortune Cookie Chronicles. It details the history of Chinese food in America.

    - 8/16/2011   9:47:03 AM
  • 2
    red chicken is my family's fav! I really would love to find a recipe for it! - 8/16/2011   9:03:14 AM
  • 1
    Kung Pao and/or General Tso's chicken! Black bean tofu...do I have to pick just one? - 8/16/2011   7:23:45 AM

Please Log In To Leave A Comment:    Log in now ›


x Lose 10 Pounds by August 6! Sign up with Email Sign up with Facebook
By clicking one of the above buttons, you're indicating that you have read and agree to SparkPeople's Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy and that you're at least 18 years of age.