2.28.2013

Dining Out Paleo: Thai Garden

Welcome to my Thursday series: Dining Out Paleo 
 
Every Thursday (or so) I post a recent dining out experience and how I chose the best possible options to stay true to my whole food/whole health lifestyle, opting for the freshest and most nutrient dense foods while avoiding grains, sugars, dairy, and soy to the best of my ability.  Unless informed otherwise, I always assume that the restaurant uses vegetable/canola oils for cooking.

Dining options in Rosamond, California are exactly what you'd expect in a town with 7 stop lights.  Diners, more diners, Taco Bell, McDonald's, and a few Mexican restaurants with tasty albeit nowhere close to healthy options.  On nights when I am feeling exceptionally unmotivated, it can be a bit of a challenge to dine-out/take-out without waking up bloated and stiff the next morning.  Thank Heaven for a tiny little gem in the sandy desert rough - Thai Garden.  Fresh ingredients, bold flavors, and plenty of options with vegetables make Thai Garden my go-to on ho-hum evenings when I want no part of my kitchen.
Thai food can be tricky as there are inevitably hidden sugars, soy, and unknown oils sneaking about in the various sauces.  With that being said, Thai food is always a special treat and healthier compared to the other dining-out options in my 'hood.
Hankering for something green, I stuck to the soups and salads on my recent take-out order.  With Matt away drilling for the week, I called in my order and then the pups and I curled up on the couch with The Lincoln Lawer and the following enjoyable eats...

Spicy Beef Salad:  An ample serving of lettuce, red onion, tomato, cucumber, and cilantro topped with grilled beef and spicy lime juice.  Small amounts of soy and sugar in the dressing?  More than likely.  To minimize intake even further, I could order the dressing on the side... but I don't.


The salad could easily be an entire dinner, but this time I opted to create a few meals out of the salad and the Vegetable Soup.  The miniature keg of veggie soup was brimming with a rich clear broth and stuffed full of large pieces of fresh cabbage, onions, broccoli, carrots, and mushrooms.  It was like a little farm grew in my dinner bowl!  Super duper tasty, super duper filling, and the best part is I have plenty for tomorrow's lunch.  


And that's how I had a mostly healthy, veggie laden Thai dinner.  Just me, Volt, Miss Ellie, and Matthew McConaughey. 





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