This is another post dedicated to my mom. As I mentioned before, she has recently joined me on my Paleo journey...Jen's Mom's Gone Paleo! I know, you're probably wondering..."What took her so long!?"...me too. But, on a positive note, she's done it and I'm excited! So, back to the issue at hand. While she and Mark usually eat at home, they like to go out on the weekends...their food of choice...Mexican or Thai. Perfect! But, the Thai restaurant was closed, so they ate Mexican and both visits, they ordered salad...sad.
There are so many options for the Paleo-eater, options that I'd like to share with you. Scott and I eat out semi-regularly and we have a few places that we really enjoy and we rarely, if ever, order salad. Not that there's anything wrong with salad, there are just so many more exciting options out there. So, here we go:
Burger Joints or Places That Serve Burgers
Burger Patty (I'm finding a lot more places are serving buffalo or other "exotic" meats, so get "wild" with your burger!)
Onion (I don't care for raw onion, but order it if you like)
Add Egg...if they've got it!
Extra Lettuce Leaves (order romaine or iceberg if you want to wrap your burger)
-No Ketchup (or Catsup)
Sashimi (raw fish)
We order a roll that consists of the following:
-Seaweed Wrapper (Nori)*
-Spicy Tuna (inside)
-Spicy Salmon (on top)
-Avocado (on top)
-Sambal (on top)
-Tobiko (on top)
Some sushi restaurants also offer grilled fish and/or a tasty raw beef dish that you cook on a rock.
Appetizer: Tuna tartare with thinly sliced cucumbers, instead of fried wontons.
Sauce: Since soy sauce is off limits, create a mixture of sesame oil, wasabi or sriracha, and fresh lemon or lime.
*Rolls can be made without rice or soy paper...you just have to ask. You can also request that your sushi be rolled in cucumber or daikon (see below: not my favorite, but some people like it), just expect to pay a little more.
Mexican (or Tex-Mex, as we have down here in Texas)
Fajitas (the meat is the most flavorful part of any taco or burrito...you really won't miss the wrapper)
Extra Side of Shredded Lettuce (to make your own little salad of sorts)
Lettuce Leaves (to use in place of the tortillas)
Order a side of Sliced Cucumbers (like we did with the tuna tartare...see above) for dipping in your guacamole and salsa.
You pretty much can't go wrong with Thai Curry (a mixture of curry paste, coconut milk, and sometimes fish sauce), but know that Panang has peanuts. Here's what I order:
Red/Green/Yellow Curry w/Chicken
No Potatoes (usually in the Yellow)
Extra Vegetables or Side of Steamed Veggies
We went to Cowboy Chicken the other day and ordered Chicken (just remove the skin) and two Sides; we ordered:
-Yam (it's half of a baked yam...that's it)
-Butternut Squash (steamed and pureed)
-Tomato, Cucumber, and Onion Salad w/Oil and Vinegar
*Always ask about sauces (the major place that you'll find hidden sugars and additives) and never be afraid to ask if you can order something without it (the "Sauteed Veggies" are doused in a soy dressing...the menu doesn't mention that).
Meat (grilled or seared, without sauce) and Veggies (ask for them steamed or grilled sans sauce)
Egg Scrambles, Omelets, or Frittatas (some places add pancake batter to their omelets...I know...it's true)
And, yes...Salads. Add some Grilled Meat, omit the cheese and croutons, and order Olive Oil and Vinegar or Lemon on the side.
We've also had good luck at Mongolian Stir-Fry places, like Ghengis Grill; just be sure to leave off the sauces (or use a mix of lime, sesame oil, hot sauce, and seasoning) and ask for an extra bowl for shredded cabbage...I give this to the stir fry guy and have him add it to my mix (or, you can leave it raw for a little extra crunch).
I'll leave you with this post from MDA (just remember to eliminate the dairy).
Never be afraid to ask, "What's in ___?". And, remember...
Meat+Veggies-Sauce = Good Eats
Meat+Veggies-Sauce = Good Eats