Eating Out Tips

This post is about eating out and choosing the restaurant ahead of time when you are trying to eat healthy.  If you are in the Phoenix, AZ area, this should be on your Try list.  We saw it featured on a past episode of Check Please.  My husband suggested we go on Saturday morning and after watching the tv show I was sold.

So our adventure to Tottie’s Asian Fusion restaurant located on Hayden and Thomas began.  Funny these moments can feel like many vacations.  Since my husband has a wheat sensitivity, we were very excited with the gluten free choices. 

First we had spring rolls wrapped in rice paper.  These are amazing and have fresh mint in the filling.  They were served with a peanut sauce that had a little kick in it.  Aren’t they pretty?


Then I ordered a Thai Chicken Stir Fry with mild sauce  I should have ordered it a bit spicier but I  improvised and used some of the yummy peanut sauce that came with the spring rolls.  The portions are very generous and I ate 1/3 of this.


Then we shared a little dessert because Tottie makes fresh dairy-free coconut milk ice cream in different flavors – we had the mango.  Yes – there was fresh mango pieces in it.  It was delicious and not too sweet.


So don’t be afraid to go out and eat – but do a little homework – study the menu and make some decisions before you are being seated and then do what we did – Enjoy!!!

Which one of the pictures looked the yummiest to you?


Asian Breakfast Bowl

This is a great change of pace for breakfast.  It has protein, healthy carbohydrate, vegetables and spices.   

Asian Breakfast Bowl - plated

It goes together very quickly with precooked rice.  I use the frozen boxed brown rice from Trader Joe’s.  Of course you can always cook a pot of regular brown rice.  

You can also use the rice as is or cook in a little coconut oil for a fried rice version.

Asian Breakfast Bowl
Serves 3
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  1. 1 cup bag of Trader Joe's Brown Rice or 3 cups of cooked brown rice.
  2. 1 tsp Ground Ginger
  3. 3-6 Cage Free Brown Egg, cooked
  4. 2 Tbsp tamari sauce (gluten-free)
  5. 1/4 cup of cilantro, chopped
  6. 1 carrot, cut in thin strips
  7. 1 stalk scallion(s), minced
  8. 1 1/2 cup Fresh Spinach, wilted
  9. 1-2 Cage Free Brown Egg, cooked
  10. Slices of lime
  1. Cook egg(s) in 1 tsp of coconut oil any way you enjoy them.
  2. Place spinach in a bowl of very warm water. Let sit for a few minutes until leaves start to soften. Drain water and set aside.
  3. Place brown rice, carrot, scallion, celery, ground ginger and tamari sauce together in a bowl. (Note - if you'd like a fried rice version. Stir fry rice in a tsp of coconut oil in a skillet or wok for several minutes until rice crisps up. Then add the vegetables (minus the spinach) and spices.)
  4. To plate - Place 1/3 of wilted spinach in bottom of the bowl. Then add 1/3 of rice/vegetable mixture. Top with egg(s).
  5. Squeeze with a wedge or two of lime, if desired
  6. Enjoy.
Adapted from Livestrong
Adapted from Livestrong
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Asian Breakfast Bowl - Trader Joe's Brown Rice
Cook your rice or use precooked

Asian Breakfast Bowl - veggies
Prepare the vegetables 

Asian Breakfast Bowl - eggs
Cook eggs, your style in a tsp of coconut oil

Asian Breakfast Bowl - Fried Version
Fried Rice Version

Asian Breakfast Bowl - RiceVeg Mixture
Combine Rice and Vegetables




Asian Chicken Salad

There are times in our life when eating something creates a marker in our memories.  I still remember the first time I had this salad.  I was a young mom, new to my neighborhood in Arizona and was invited to lunch by another young mom down the street.  That invite – this recipe – helped me ease into my new home.  Never underestimate the power of hospitality and a good dish.  Since that time I’ve made some changes to the recipe and it has become one of my adult daughter’s favorites.

Chinese Chicken Salad 3x5

Asian Chicken Salad
Serves 6
Crisp Salad, crunchy noodles and a yummy homemade asian salad.
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Salad Ingredients
  1. 1 can Crunchy Chow Mein Noodles
  2. 4 cups Romaine Lettuce, cut in thin strips
  3. 1 cup Purple Cabbage, chopped
  4. 2 cups Cooked Chicken, chopped
  5. 1 cup Carrot, shredded
  6. 2 Celery Stalks, sliced thinly
  7. Celery Stalks, sliced thinly
  8. ¼ cup Sliced Green Onions
  9. 1 Tbsp Sesame seed
Ginger Dressing Ingredients
  1. 1/3 cup Canola Oil
  2. ¼ cup White Wine Vinegar
  3. 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  4. 2 teaspoons Soy sauce or Tamari Sauce
  5. ½ teaspoon Salt
  6. ½ teaspoon Pepper
  7. ½ teaspoon Ginger, ground
  1. Place lettuce, chicken, cabbage, carrot, celery and onions in 4-quart bowl. Top with Noodles and Sesame Seeds and Dressing.
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