Your favorite healthy dish?
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.
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/
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)
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.
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.
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
Real Food Daily
514 Santa Monica Boulevard, Santa Monica, CA 90401
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.
Here's some threads to get you started:
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.