Great Low Carb Italian Restaurant Dinner Options

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If your friends want to go out for Italian food, there is no reason you should skip out just because you are on a low carbohydrate diet. Italians love keeping it basic with lots of vegetables and fresh meats. Here are a few items you could order the next time that you are out with your friends that are not only tasty, but will allow you to stick to your low carbohydrates as well. Salads Italian Tossed Salad: This salad is generally made with iceberg lettuce, arugula, red onions, pepperoncini, kalamata olives, and croutons. It is topped with an Italian vinaigrette dressing. See if they can hold the croutons for a truly low-carb salad. Spinach Salad: Most Italian spinach salads also include red onions, blue cheese, pine nuts and fruit. It is topped with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Grilled Salmon Salad: This salad combines fresh vegetables such as grape tomatoes, green beans and red onions with some grilled salmon. Grilled meats are the perfect way to stick to your low carbohydrate diet. Chicken Dishes Grilled Chicken Caprese Salad: This salad is really fresh and tasty. It contains always contains fresh mozzarella and tomatoes. It may even contain cucumbers, red onions and kalamata olives. It is generally topped with a white balsamic vinaigrette. Chicken Caprese: Very similar to the grilled chicken caprese salad, the chicken is cooked and then topped with tomatoes, mozzarella and asparagus with a balsamic glaze. Chicken Marsala: The chicken is sautéed in a marsala sauce and topped with some mushrooms. It may be served on a very small bed of pasta. Chicken Saltimbocca: The chicken is baked and seasoned with sage, and topped with some prosciutto and provolone. Seafood Dishes Shrimp Fra Diavolo: The shrimp is seared in the pan, and then it is topped with garlic, tomatoes and a diavolo sauce. It is generally served on top of some fresh fettuccine noodles. Grilled Salmon: You can almost always find a grilled salmon dish on an Italian menu. The salmon is generally grilled and topped with some fresh herbs or possibly a white wine butter sauce. You can also expect a side of fresh vegetables with it as well. Salmon Oscar: This is a sautéed crab dish that comes with sautéed vegetables as well, such as asparagus, spinach and tomatoes.  It can be really easy to stick to your low carbohydrate diet when you go out for Italian food. Order a salad with some grilled chicken or salmon, and ask them to hold the croutons. Or order a grilled or baked chicken or seafood dish with some fresh veggies on the side. (For more information, contact Gabriel’s Restaurant Bar &...

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Forget The Rice And Choose The Noodles!

Posted by on Feb 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When people generally think about Chinese food they conjure up images of sweet and sour chicken served over rice or broccoli and beef served over rice. Give up the rice the next time you go to a Chinese restaurant and try one of the delicious authentic noodle dishes. Wuhan Noodles Wuhan, or hot-dry noodles, can be eaten for any meal of the day. They are traditionally served as a breakfast food in China. These noodles are served hot (hence their name), but they are generally not spicy. Each noodle strand is thick and muscular. It is slightly clingy, but not sticky at all. They are most commonly served with sesame oil, sesame paste, salted chilies and scallions. Liangpi Noodles Liangpi noodles are also known as cold-skin noodles. Don’t let the name fool you; there are no animal products in this meal. This dish is known for its rainbow of flavors. A single dish could be described as tangy, spicy, nutty, herbal, sweet, savory, moist and chewy. There are different varieties of Liangpi, but all of them are cooked in a hot chili oil. Other ingredients that may be used in the preparation include: black sesame paste, garlic, vinegar, bean sprouts and julienned cucumber slices. Qishan Shaozi Noodle Soup This soup is a delicacy in the Guanzhong region of China and is served at special occasions such as weddings and birthdays. You may also see this on the restaurant menu as Saozi noodles or Saozi Mian noodles. The soup is made with pork, tofu and a variety of vegetables, which could include potatoes, carrots, eggplant, and bean curd. This soup is going to have a slightly sour taste to it, and it will be slightly spicy as well. The noodles should be very thin and easy to slurp. Shanxi Noodles Shanxi noodles are known for being knife-cut. That means that the chef has a ball of dough in the kitchen and will cut your noodles for you right before they are cooked for your meal. There is no specific uniformity in the noodles. As they are boiled or fried they become like ribbons that are frilly and frayed. Westerners often associate Chinese food with rice dishes, but Chinese people actually eat a lot more noodles. Try the noodle dishes the next time you go to a Chinese restaurant, like Rose Bowl Restaurant, and you will find yourself transported to a whole new world of taste and...

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Catering: How To Cut Down On Costs

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Catering an event is a great way to get delicious meals and snacks without having to prepare them yourself. The caterer is responsible for preparing enough food for your invited guests, providing a variety of foods for guests to choose from, and even offering waiting services. If you are planning an event but are worried about the cost, these tips will help you reduce the price of your catering. Know What You’re Paying For When you are first deciding on the catering company to handle your event, one of the most important things to know is what exactly you’re paying for. Some caterers price an event based on the food and drink that will be served, while others also include their waitstaff, service, and rentals within the price. If you find a caterer that offers the same price for everything as another that offers that price for the food and drink alone, then you know which one is going to be the better deal. Consider Asking a Friend Chef If you have a friend that is either a professional chef or enjoys cooking in their spare time, ask if they would be willing to do some basic catering for you. While this is not ideal for a large and prestigious event, it is definitely a good option for a small holiday party or home function. With these types of events, you don’t have the time to cook all the food yourself since you’re hosting, but you also don’t have the budget for professional caterers. A friend or relative is a great alternative. Be Honest About Your Budget Good catering companies understand that everyone has a different budget, and they want to work with you. When you first contact a caterer, be upfront about what your budget is, what you want to serve, and how many people there will be. They will try to work with you so they can provide their services within your budget. They may ask that you take over the serving portion of catering on your own or change the menu slightly so that you can get delicious food that isn’t too expensive. Choose a Seasonal Menu When it comes to the menu, there are many different options available, and those options will vary how much you are paying. If you live somewhere that has inexpensive seasonal vegetables or fruit, that is a great place to start. By choosing produce that is currently in season where you live, you can save a good deal of money on the final catering bill. When considering catering from a company like Soups Sandwiches & More, remember these tips so you can help the service help...

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Thai Food: How To Tell The Three Types Of Curry Apart

Posted by on Jan 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Curry is a signature dish in Thai food. Its perfect blend of spicy-hot and creamy sweet give it a flavor like nothing else anywhere in the world. If you want to give curry a try, but you are not sure how to tell the three types of curry apart, here is a little helper chart. Yellow Curry This is the mildest of all the curry dishes. If you are a little wary of spicy dishes and you just want to see how spicy a Thai dish can get, try yellow curry first. There is more coconut milk and sweetness mixed in with the rice and your choice of meat in this version than there is in the other two types of curry. Green Curry Green curry has a little more heat, but you will not really notice it until the slow burn starts to kick in. As the flavors heat up in your mouth, it will probably motivate your sinuses to run, which is followed by the burning and numbing sensation of the spices in the dish. The slow burn in green curry quickly dissipates, so you will feel it when it hits, but then it goes as quickly as it came. Red Curry Really, you should think of curry as a traffic light. Yellow is caution, green is go, and red is danger if you do not stop. Of course, red curry is the best if you want a truly kick-butt taste sensation in your mouth. Like yellow and green, the burn is slow, but because there is more of the peppers and spices in red curry, it will hit you like a fireball. Your nose will run, you will tear up, and you will breathe better than you ever have in your whole life as the capsaicin effect begins to dilate your blood vessels. Even if you do not usually enjoy or partake of spicy-hot dishes, you may want some red curry when you have a head cold because it will clear you right up! For Those That Really Enjoy a Spicy Kick in the Pants As with any Asian or Indian dish, you can always ask for “more heat”. Some Thai restaurants place chili pepper symbols and charts on their menus so you can request a higher level of “hot” in your dish. This allows you to experiment with the three types of curry and several levels of heat for each, but if you are not accustomed to Indian spices and chilis, do not start with the hottest of the hot in red curry. It may be more than you can...

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Pizza! Pizza!: Healthy Toppings You Haven’t Tried Yet, But Should

Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to pizza, you’ve likely got your favorite toppings already picked out. Whether you are a cheese lover or desire your dish smothered in greasy, delicious meats, pizza can be made in so many decadent ways that even the most picky taste buds can find pleasure in this classic meal. If you are up for trying something new, check out these super healthy pizza toppings you haven’t tried yet, but will absolutely fall in love with once you do. You won’t even have to feel bad for eating more than one piece. Arugula If you like your pizza more on the veggie side, then this topping is right up your alley. Arugula isn’t just for salads, it goes great on your pizza as well, and adds a spicy, fresh bean flavor to your favorite cheesy dish. Sprinkle on a bit of fresh Parmesan and cracked black pepper (or a dash of vinaigrette), and you can take your veggie pizza to a whole new level of delicious. Pine nuts You can bring any pesto-based pizza to life by adding the crunchiness of pine nuts as a topping. Sprinkle on a light layer of ricotta and goat cheeses, and add raw pine nuts to your tasty dish. If your meal lacks flavor, toss in some roasted garlic or artichoke hearts for a bit of pizza pizzazz. You’ll love the flavor so much you’ll forget that your meal is mainly healthy. Mesquite chicken Pizza doesn’t have to be all vegetarian in order to be healthy. Mesquite chicken is full of savory flavor that goes great with any pizza, be it layered with tons of cheese or topped with lots of your favorite veggie toppings. Forgo the sausage and pepperoni and go for the chicken to give your pizza a totally new taste. Throw in some spinach leaves and fresh Asiago cheese for a rich flavor that you can’t beat with any meat-infused pizza. Don’t forget the sauce! Your pizza sauce can be changed up as well to give you a whole new blast of flavor. Consider these delicious saucy alternatives: garlic and butter olive oil and Italian herbs barbecue sauce creamy light ranch You can stick to your favorite cheese and toppings and give your pizza a new taste simply by trying a new and wonderful sauce. You’d be surprised how amazing your favorite pizza can taste just by trying something new. Pizza can be made into a whole new dining experience simply by adding some new toppings, or even by trying a new and delightful sauce. Consider any of these sauces or toppings to give your pizza a new decadent flavor next time you visit a pizzeria like Cosmos Pizza...

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