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HG's Mmmm-azing Moo Shu
HG's Mmmm-azing Moo Shu

It's Shu Time!
Slimmed-down moo shu?! Woohoo! This recipe makes a BIG batch of food, people. And while the suggested portion size is great for appetizers, you could eat more and have it as a meal. Time to moo shu and CHEW...

One 8-wrap package Mountain Bread Whole Wheat Light Wraps (or one of the alternatives below**)
One 12-oz. bag dry broccoli slaw mix
One 8-oz. can straw mushrooms, drained
6 oz. raw boneless skinless lean chicken breast, cut into thin strips
1/2 cup canned bamboo shoots, drained and cut into thin strips
1 cup bean sprouts
3 tbsp. light or low-sodium soy sauce
3 tbsp. seasoned rice vinegar
1 tsp. crushed garlic
1/2 tsp. cornstarch
dash white pepper (black is fine, if you don't have white)
2 tbsp. plus 2 tsp. hoisin sauce

In a small bowl, combine soy sauce, vinegar, garlic, cornstarch, and pepper -- mix well and set aside. This is your moo shu sauce.

Bring a wok or a very large pan sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add chicken to the pan and cook for about 2 minutes, until no longer pink.

Add broccoli slaw to the pan and, stirring occasionally, cook for 3 - 4 minutes, until veggies are soft.

Add mushrooms, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, and moo shu sauce to the pan, mix well, and cook for an additional 3 - 4 minutes, until entire dish is hot and chicken is cooked through. (Sauce will thicken as it sits.) Remove from heat and transfer moo shu mixture to a serving dish. Set aside.

Slice wraps in half, leaving you with 16 "crepes". Warm crepes slightly in the microwave. Serve crepes and hoisin sauce alongside moo shu mixture, and then assemble each crepe just before you eat it.

To assemble, spread 1/2 tsp. hoisin sauce across the center of a crepe. Spoon about 1/3 cup moo shu mixture across the center, wrap it up like a soft taco, and chew!


Serving Size: 2 filled crepes
Calories: 146
Fat: 1g
Sodium: 589mg
Carbs: 22.5g
Fiber: 4g
Sugars: 5g
Protein: 11g

PointsPlus® value 3*

**HG Alternatives! If you can't find Mountain Bread wraps (we scored ours at Whole Foods -- click here for distributors), just use any thin lavash bread or low-calorie tortillas (nutritionals may vary). Or skip the crepes altogether and enjoy the moo shu drizzled with hoisin sauce out of a bowl -- each serving (about 2/3 cup) contains 76 calories, 0.5g fat, 522mg sodium, 9.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 4g sugars, and 8g protein (PointsPlus® value 2*).

Moo Shu, Average
Moo Shu, Average

No Can Moo
We are all tempted by the Chinese takeout menus that sit in our kitchen junk drawers -- it's a fact of life. And some of the items on those menus are obviously not guilt-free -- like spare ribs, fried rice, and lo mein. But then there are others that are a bit deceiving -- like moo shu. It might appear to just be shredded veggies with a little chicken, pork or shrimp and a few thin pancakes. But it's all the unexpected oil in it that weighs this dish down... that and the out-of-control portions they give you. Two filled crepes have around 430 calories and 16g fat, but it's way too easy to eat more. If you're not careful, you could easily down two or three times that amount! So we've come up with an insanely delicious swap, inspired by a bag of broccoli slaw and some Mountain Bread we had at the HG HQ. Talk about right time, right place! Other than the way it tastes (awesome!), the best thing about this dish is how ridiculously easy it is to make. Most of the veggies are ready to go, so you're well on your way to a fantastic Asian appetizer or meal that only looks labor-intensive. And since the stats on our swap are so low, you can have seconds (and even thirds) without any guilt whatsoever. Happy chewing!

Serving Size: 2 filled crepes
Calories: 430
Fat: 16g
Sodium: 984mg
Carbs: 43g
Fiber: 2.5g
Sugars: 12g
Protein: 28g

PointsPlus® value 11*

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