Your question was: Thai food ideas safe for Nutrisystem plan?.
I would recommend staying away from Thai restaurants. I was amazed when I checked out calories and fat amounts. I love pad Thai, but a plate of it is about 1,200 calories because they use so much oil There is really no way of knowing how they are preparing the food - innocent looking vegetables can contain a lot of different oils. I know it is hard to resist a favorite, but I no longer go to Thai or Chinese restaurants. We can have 6 pieces of sushi for lunch or 8 pieces for dinner (instead of the entree) so I have switched to Japanese cuisine...
Next time, perhaps invite them over for dinner. Here is a recipe from a Weight Watcher magazine. Not exactly on plan, but healthier than going out. It is quite delicious, and really very simple to make. I'm sorry, I did not copy down the stats when I copied it from my sister's magazine...but I know they were pretty good.
You can substitute shrimp for the chicken. It makes a ton of food!.
Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Lo Mein Noodles.
8 ounces wide lo mein noodles (could substitute Fiber Gourmet pasta, or whole wheat pasta).
14 ounces lo sodium chicken broth.
1/8 cup reduced fat peanut butter.
2 T. rice vinegar.
2 T sweet chili sauce (such as Maggi).
2 T low-sodium soy sauce.
2 t. dark sesame oil, divided.
1 pound chicken.
2 t. minced garlic.
1 t. fresh ginger.
18-ounce package stir fry veggie medley (about 6 cups) or mix of fresh.
3 T chopped fresh basil.
2 T chopped unsalted, dry-roasted peanuts.
1) Cook lo mein noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat; drain.
2) Combine chicken broth and next 4 ingredients in a small bowl; stir well with a whisk. Set aside..
3) While lo mein noodles cook, beat 1 t. oil in a large, deep nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium heat. Add chicken to pan; saut 6 minutes or until done. Remove from pan, and set aside..
4) Add remaining 1t. oil to pan. Add garlic and ginger to pan. Saut 30 seconds. Add vegetables to pan, saut 4 minutes or just until tender crisp. Stir in peanut butter mixture.
Cook 5 minutes or until thick. Return chicken to pan. Cook 2 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly heated. Add noodles, toss well. Top each serving with chopped basil and peanuts...
I can go and do OK with Lad Nar (sp?). It is a salad dish with protein. I ask them to use the salad dressing VERY sparingly...
I would order the salad rolls with shrimp. I doubt they fit into the Nutrisystem plan exactly but they are low in calories, low in sodium compared to the rest of the menu and you can control how much dipping sauce you use and the Thai place we go uses lots of fresh veggies in their salad rolls!!.
I dont believe you need to stay away from Thai places- you can also order some of the soups- it's high in sodium but otherwise it's not too bad!!..
I spent 6 months in thailand. there are some lo cal/lo fat dishes. order from the salad/appetizer menu.. larb with chicken served over lettuce or cabbage is yummy, green papaya salad (som tum) is super yummy and lowfat and low cal...... pad ka prow (basil chicken) is good if you eat over brown rice, over lettuce, or ask for a half cabbage to eat it over.... there are many options, just ask.
The curries all have coconut milk and are fattier but are sooo tasty.... yum. don't do any noodles, they are starchy. the garlic chicken and bean chicken are also good options...