restaurants with good dishes for dieters
(previous post got axed by chowhound mods for being too broad by including recipes)
so i'm dieting (in addition to changing eating habits and exercising, but want that initial large weight drop) and want to know if you have favorite restaurants that have healthier, less caloric, food. cheaper is a plus. carbs are ok for me, sugar's not.
many places have decent salads (get the dressing on the side and use SPARINGLY), a lot have fish preparations that are low calorie (minimal sauces and butter). Avoid the bread and butter and croutons. What kind of price range?
for fast food/drive thru I like jack in the box salads best, then mc'ds. Tell them you want the low cal dressing. taco bell, burger king, and wendy's not so much - for me at least.
the counter and teddy's do good salads as well. one step up from fast foods. That salad place at Kahala mall is good too.
you can do well at kakaako kitchen, big city diner, and even the chains if you order carefully. just say good bye to rice.
I've been craving kim chi and rice. usually I don't eat much rice.
as for salads, I either eat it at home (I bought a huge variety of dressings that i try to use in moderation) or I have the side salad at mc'd with no croutons. I could do small salad at other fast food places.
i'm more curious about dishes other than plain salad. eating fish is an option, good suggestion, and I have been leaning in that direction lately, but also have been disappointed by dry fish, even at good restaurants.
price range: cheap up to $10.
having watched several friends, start thinking of salad and vegetables not as a side dish, but as what you eat most of the time. chicken, LEAN beef, and fish are nice additions to the salad, not the main event. bulk carbs (rice, potatoes, pasta, bread) make occasional cameo appearances. As honu2 says below, its more a matter of focusing on dishes than choosing a particular restaurant.
and i guess i should add that you are going to find it is much easier to eat fattening food cheap than healthy low fat foods.
I think it's more a matter of focusing on dishes rather than choosing restaurants. For example, you could order green papaya salad and spring rolls at any Vietnamese or Thai restaurant. Or choi sum or ong choi with or without chicken at a Cantonese restaurant.
Given your current cravings, have you thought about trying the prepared foods bar at the new Palama supermarket in Kalihi? They have quite an array of ban chan that you can buy by weight, so that a meal consisting of single servings of watercress, pickled radish or bean sprouts (also different types of kim chee) would be quite reasonable. Palama also serves plate lunches - you order in the back of the store.
dropped 5lbs so far. i'm changing eating habits in general, so i'm getting used to, and liking, veggies/fruit again.