Healthy Eating Out – Seasons 52

It’s rare that my husband and I REALLY love the same restaurant.  He loves seafood, steak & potatoes.  And, I’m a vegetarian who doesn’t like mushrooms.  (Seriously, have you ever driven within 5 miles of a mushroom farm?  The smell…ugh)

We both love Seasons 52.  It just came to Kansas City a couple of months ago.  It’s a restaurant where they promise that each dish is under 475 calories!  They use fresh, seasonal ingredients with healthy cooking methods to keep calories down.  Not only do they focus on healthy, fresh food but they have a separate vegetarian & vegan menu!!!

The vegan menu is on the opposite page that is not shown.  I’ve tried about 5 different dishes and my favorite is the Housemade Sonoma Goat Cheese Ravioli.  It’s really a perfect dish.  The pasta is delicate, the goat cheese creamy & the grilled bread has a wonderful charred taste to it & I use it to sop up the organic tomato broth.

It really is such a treat as a vegetarian to have so many choices.  I’m always so disappointed when there is no vegetarian dish on the menu at restaurants.  Then, when the chef says he’ll make something for you it comes out with pasta, a ton of garlic & rubbery vegetables with no flavor.  Seasons 52 did such a great job for both a vegetarian & a seafood lover.  My husband loves their Ahi Tuna & Scallops.  In fact, the 4 times we have been he has gotten those 2 dishes every time.

Check out their website here.  It may even inspire you to try and cook their dishes at home.

Weekly Weigh In

Weight Loss (Gain) Results-

Laura + 2 lbs (Goal -2 lbs/week)

Well, I got the number correct but it went in the wrong direction.  I’m not surprised.  I celebrated turning 35 (also seeing my husband for an entire weekend) from Wed-Sun.  We ate out and had dessert every night!

So, I’ll take my 2 lb weight gain.  I am now planning out my healthy menu for the week and headed to Whole Foods today on this beautiful 60 degree Labor Day in Kansas City.

If you ever make it to Kansas City or Pittsburgh or New York.  I’d check out Lidia’s.  This is where we went for my birthday dinner.  Check out the website here.  Click on the restaurants tab to see the different locations.  In Kansas City, Lidia’s is located near Union Station in a former railroad house.  Here’s the view from our corner table:

They bring you out these delicious cheese sticks & rustic bread with 2 dipping sauces.  They have a great wine list with a lot of Chianti options.  Everyday they have 3 fresh, homemade pastas that they bring out to the tables and it’s called Pasta Tasting.  The assistant waiters walk around with sauce pans and tongs freely doling out pasta!  Since, I’m a vegetarian they made all 3 vegetarian for me.  We had goat cheese raviolis, creamy rigatoni & a pasta with tomato sauce.  My husband had shrimp and a sweet Italian sausage in his.  A small touch that I appreciate is the quality of the cheese that is sitting on your table to add to your pasta.  And of course, they had delicious homemade desserts.

Here we are before our 2 bottles of Chianti:

On Friday night we headed to Cheesecake Factory to use a gift card I received.  I had their new Veggie Burger which was very good.  I really enjoyed it.  It is on their Skinnylicious Menu and it is served with a small salad but being my birthday weekend I requested fries instead.  Also, we got desserts to go.  I always get a cheesecake from Cheesecake Factory, Duh!  But for some reason the tiramisu was calling me.  This was the BEST tiramisu I’ve ever had.  I can’t wait to get it again.  If you want to splurge you have to give it a try.

So, I am back to Cinch and I’m excited to rid my body of all the salt & sugar and get back to my “new” normal.  I may do a 2 day fast forward some time this month but I’m not feeling like it today.  Also, my other sister really wanted to read Cinch.  It’s only $14.99 on Amazon right now.  I’m going to order her one this week.  If you don’t have a copy yet what are you waiting for?  Check it out here.  Conquer Cravings, Drop Pounds & Lose Inches. Let’s Go People!

A new lunch spot at Noodles & Co

I had a wonderful, filling lunch today at only 510 calories.

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It’s The Veggie Med sandwich with a cup of their Tomato Bisque from Noodles & Co. It’s not perfectly Cinch but its close. The soup is good. It’s not my favorite tomato soup but the sandwich is so yummy. It comes on a warm flatbread with mushrooms, spinach, red pepper, cucumber, red onion, cilantro, feta & this Delish med dressing. I don’t like mushrooms so I left those out. Everything is customizable and they sauté it to order. You have to try it. They also have a really good passion fruit unsweetened ice tea. It’s counter service and they bring it out to you when it is ready. The manager brought out mine and was so nice, introduced himself and spoke to me a little while. There’s no tipping and you don’t have to clean up after yourselves.

Another fantastic thing I love about this restaurant is they have 15 vegetarian dishes. I’m lucky to have one entree available at a restaurant when I eat out (especially in Kansas City).

You would think I owned the place by how much I love it. I just feel it serves a need for a healthy place to get a quick lunch. I can’t go to Panera every day. Has anyone eaten here before?