I’m always trying to think of a new side to go with grilled chicken breasts. To me, plain grilled chicken breasts can be kind of boring.
Considering boneless, skinless chicken breasts are 0 Freestyle points I often end up eating them for dinner.
One thing I like is that since the chicken is 0 points I can have a side dish that’s around 5-6 points. As long as I have something tasty to eat the chicken with I’m a happy girl.
Crunchy Ramen Salad is often passed around during summer BBQ’s. I like to have yummy food all year round.
I’m the type of person that will make soup on an 87 degree day. It’s true, ask my husband. He thinks I’m nuts when I do that.
To make this Crunchy Ramen Salad more Weight Watchers friendly I made a few adjustments. My original recipe called for 1/2 cup of oil. I changed it to 1/4 cup oil plus 1/4 cup water. That saved a lot of points….16 points to be exact.
My original recipe called for almonds, but I omitted those. There are also sunflower seeds in the recipe, but I kept those. I love the taste the sunflower seeds add to the salad so I wanted to keep those vs. the almonds.
Yes, I know almonds are good for you, but I was trying to save points. I saved 8 points by not adding the almonds.
Another change I made was not using sugar. Instead I used a sugar substitute. That saved 12 points.
By making a few simple changes I was able to take 36 points off the entire recipe. That’s 4.5 points per serving!
I like to refrigerate the crunchy ramen salad for 1 hour before I eat it, but it’s not necessary. I think it helps soften the noodles and really bring together the flavors.
Optional: You can also add green onions. I like the pop of color it gives and I love the taste of green onions.
Yield – 8 Servings (5 Freestyle points per serving)
- 1 3 oz. Ramen noodle pack, chicken flavor
- 12 oz. coleslaw mix
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup sugar substitute
- 1/4 cup sunflower seeds
Break up the ramen noodles and add them to a large mixing bowl.
Add the oil, water, apple cider vinegar, sugar substitute and chicken flavoring packet to a small bowl. Whisk together to combine well and poor over the noodles. Stir to combine the sauce and noodles.
Add 1/2 of the coleslaw to the mixing bowl and stir well.
Add the sunflower seeds and stir.
Add the remaining coleslaw and mix well.