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.
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.
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.
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.
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.