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Chef’s Choice: Healthy Restaurant Dishes
Michelle Guerin

December 21, 2011

One of the hardest parts of sticking to that resolution and shedding the winter weight is eating out. When you shop at local farmer’s markets and craft homemade meals, you control where your food is coming from and can monitor proper nutritional intake. But let’s be honest, rarely is there enough time in the day to work, workout, run errands and prepare a thoughtful dinner. When your refrigerator is dangerously low and hunger strikes, stay strong and follow our guide to the right San Diego restaurants.

You can save time, revive your social life and eat out while slimming down, as long you order smart dishes off local menus that emphasize fresh, organic and nutritious ingredients. To help give you a head start in the New Year, I asked ten San Diego chefs for the Insider scoop on their healthiest menu items. Cut the bad calories and keep all the flavor with savory dishes from Alchemy, Sea Rocket Bistro, C Level, Tender Greens, Beaumont’s, Solace & The Moonlight Lounge, Crush Italian Cuisine, Prepkitchen, Terra and El Bizcocho.

The Restaurant: El Bizcocho at Rancho Bernardo Inn
The Dish: Local Beet and Strawberry Salad, Whipped Chevre, a colorful mix of baby red and gold beets, wild strawberries and whipped fresh goat cheese, garnished with baby arugula and fresh flowers.

Chef Nicolas Bour recommends his nutritious farm-fresh dish, and encourages you to stay healthy by making it at home in the New Year. Learn why and save the recipe below: “Our beets are hand-picked from our on-site garden, so the ingredients are as fresh as possible when the salad arrives at your plate, providing the highest level of nutrients but very low in calories, containing only a small amount of fat.”