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Clare K Jul 25, 2006 02:13 AM

What is your favorite (specific) healthy dish? By "healthy" I don't mean just fresh, I mean naturally low-fat or low-carb AND low-fat (I don't want any Atkins' style cuisine).

I need to keep a list so that I can try and eat healthy even when I go out. The east side (Silverlake/Los Feliz/Highland Park/Eagle Rock/Pas/Glendale) is preferred, but I'll take any and all recommendations.

Thanks!
Clare

  1. Chowpatty Jul 25, 2006 04:10 AM

    Here's some threads to get you started:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/74156?user_name=&query=healthy+dish
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/63068?user_name=&query=healthy+dish
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

    My picks are papaya chicken salad at Gingergrass;
    tofu larb at Mae Ploy;
    steak salad at Rambutan;
    sushi and sashimi at Saito;
    and roast chicken and tabbouleh at Zankou Chicken.
    People seem to like Comfort Cafe for healthy fare.

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      gretcheng Jul 25, 2006 04:43 AM

      I've always enjoyed A Votre and Real Food Daily in the Brentwood/Santa Monica area. Both are gourmet vegetarian. The food is healthy and very tasty. I love the cornbread at Real Food Daily.

      A Votre Sante
      13016 San Vicente Boulevard, Brentwood, CA 90049
      Phone: 310-451-1813

      Real Food Daily
      514 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
      Phone: 310-451-7544

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        ceegee Jul 25, 2006 07:20 AM

        I eat at RFD at least once a week (there's also one on La Cienega in WeHo), but just because it's vegan and organic doesn't mean it's lo-cal...I also don't consider it to be gourmet. While everything would be cholesterol free, it would not necessarily be low-fat.

        The real food meal is probably your best bet...greens, mixed veggies, brown rice, sea veg, beans, and pressed salad (for which I sub a regular green salad).

        However, if you're looking for healthy dishes at otherwise non-healthy places, the vegetarian fajitas at Mexico City on Hillhurst are pretty good!

        AND my boyfriend really likes the salmon salad at Mustard Seed also on Hillhurst.

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        eartha Jul 25, 2006 04:54 AM

        In Eagle Rock, have you tried Classic Thai on Colorado Blvd? Try their squid salad or their beef salad. Both are high in vegetables and fresh taste, low in fat.

        1. ipsedixit Jul 25, 2006 09:27 PM

          This is easy, esp. on a day like this.

          Taiwanese ice slush with lychees, red beans, grass-jelly, and a dusting of sugar. (Various locations but current favorite is at 108 Ice Cream & Cafe in SGV)

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            AquaW Jul 28, 2006 11:11 PM

            hahaha... whenever I get those, I MUST have the sweetened condensed milk topping (which, umm... yea, blows the "healthy" part out the window.)

          2. hrhboo Jul 25, 2006 09:36 PM

            I follow the South Beach Diet, which is low carb and low fat. Favorite standbys are always sashimi salads (I particularly like the ones at Hama Sushi and Tsuji No Hana), steamed clams and a big salad (The Galley does a solid traditional version), and grilled seafood. Most of your favorite restaurants will have a grilled fish or chicken entree and will likely be willing to sub a salad or some veggies for the starch.

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              Will Owen Jul 25, 2006 09:48 PM

              One of the best meals we ever had at Cafe Bizou in Pasadena was when we'd just begun doing the South Beach thing, and we asked for no rice with our sand dabs. What we got instead was an exquisite array of perfectly steamed vegetables: tiny green beans, snow peas, asparagus and baby zucchini. Left feeling both virtuous and very well fed.

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              greengelato Jul 25, 2006 09:48 PM

              i did south beach for a week and i couldn't stand to eat another salad or piece of fish/meat. ugh. brings back bad memories. here are some of my favorite healthy eats:

              1) gazpacho soup. a lot of cafes have them now as their soup of the day. alcove cafe has a great crab gazpacho.

              2) ceviche at any mexican restaurant. el 7 mares is good.

              3) cold korean noodles such as neng-myun and dongchimi

              4) tofu dishes such as agedashi tofu and soontubu (korean)

              5) vietnamese spring rolls.

              6) vietnamese vermicelli salad with shrimp

              7) fresh veggies (cucumbers, lettuce) with indonesian sambal

              8) hwe-dop bap- korean sushi rice (i don't eat the rice). yum!

              9) asian soups such as miso soup, miyuk (korean seaweed)

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              1. re: greengelato
                hrhboo Jul 25, 2006 10:04 PM

                Wow, those are some great recs. I forgot all about ceviche, but will now be having some for dinner. Kudos!

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                smogqueen Jul 29, 2006 02:31 AM

                I'm a big, big fan of the brown rice at Ammo with tofu. Not only is it delicious, but the meal makes you feel entirely righteous afterwards. The dish has this tangy/nutty/roasty flavor that I have unsuccessfully tried to duplicate and failed.

                The description does not do it justice:

                Alexander’s Favorite Brown Rice
                with broccoli, asparagus, jalapenos, pico de gallo and organic chicken or organic tofu.

                Ammo website: http://www.ammocafe.com/

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