Iâ€™m sure that it hasnâ€™t escaped your notice (Iâ€™ve tried but Iâ€™ve noticed!) that many of your favorite restaurants now have the calorie counts next to your favorite dishes (who knew that a Big Mac had 576 calories-yikes!). Itâ€™s enough to make you lose your appetite-almost.
To help you get over your calorie sticker-shock Stonefire Grill has come up with some tasty alternatives to those calorie-laden dishes and theyâ€™re good too! Itâ€™s not often you can say that something low cal is good.
Take for instance the cheeseless grilled veggie pizza. Cheeseless? Are you serious? I mean half of the reason I eat pizza is for the gooey melting cheese-am I right? But this cheeseless pizza was actually good. It had a thick spicy sauce and the
veggies were grilled until caramelized which lent a bit of sweetness to the pizza. I am happy to say that I did not really miss the cheese (well maybe a little).
Two of Stonefireâ€™s salads are also on the healthy alternatives list: the Italian chopped chicken salad and the spinach salad. Again the trick here is what most of us already know and thatâ€™s you must order the dressing on the side. And with the spinach salad a request for half the cheese is needed to bring these tasty salads in at around 500 calories for the whole petite salad. Portion size is also important. Donâ€™t expect to order the BIG salad and stay within a petite 500 calories.
For meat and fish Stonefire offers a choice of their mesquite BBQed tri tip, mesquite boneless, skinless chicken breast or sesame glazed salmon. Serving size here is 4 ounces. All of their offerings were well-prepared and had that smoky mesquite taste that goes so well with grilled meats.
The winner on the healthy alternatives menu as far as I was concerned was the grilled vegetables topped with feta cheese. A healthy portion of these delicately grilled veggies was only 110 calories and that was with the cheese. The assortment of vegetables change seasonally, I had zucchini, tomatoes and red bell pepper and they didnâ€™t skimp on the feta cheese. This was a delicious addition to the chicken breast.
Another side dish was the single-serving size of the cowboy beans which youâ€™ve just got to have if youâ€™re ordering the tri-tip. Topped with fresh cilantro, these beans were slightly sweet, tart and just a bit smoky.
Because I ate all my vegetables and was so virtuous I felt perfectly entitled to the fabulous piece of carrot cake I was offered (NO carrot cake is not on the healthy alternatives menu). Yum-yum good.
The Stonefire Grill has many locations but the restaurant in Pasadena is located at, 473 N. Rosemead Boulevard. They offer take-out and catering and can be reached at (626) 921-1255 or on the web at www.stonefiregrill.com.