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September 4, 2012

Hoboken Girl’s Guide to Vegetarian Menu Options in Hoboken (Part II)

Previously I had posted about my quasi-veggie eating experiences. I’ve had a lot of fun in Hoboken staking out (no pun intended) great vegetarian dishes, especially in places that it might be kind of tricky to find something healthy, protein-filled, and animal-free. Note: I’m not vegan, so eggs and cheese are allowed!

So here are a few more of my vegetarian finds throughout the Mile Square:

1. Precious Chinese Cuisine

This is my favorite place for Chinese take out, vegetarian or not. I usually make a tough choice: steamed veggies and tofu, or chicken and broccoli (which can easily be substituted with tofu). Like I said, some days I feel like eating meat…so I do. But other days I’m perfectly satisfied with the steamed vegetable dish. It looks like this:

 This dish comes with an awesome garlic brown sauce. Super healthy and really yummy.

2. Grimaldi’s Pizza

Grimaldi’s is such a delicious restaurant, no matter what you order. I try to go easy on lots of simple carbohydrates when I’m eating vegetarian (too much simple sugar isn’t good!), but I once in a while splurge on this fantastic vegetarian pizza: Eggplant & Ricotta. Note: It’s not on the menu; I made it up! But I will say that during my trip to Grimaldi’s recently, the waiter was pretty jealous of our order of this. Add some Parmesan cheese and garlic, and you’re in business.

3. Karma Kafe Indian Cuisine

This is another place for great take out food. If I’m eating meat, I’ll order the Chicken Tikka Masala (it’s a safe choice for anyone new to eating Indian, FYI!) or something similar. However, when going veggie, my favorite dish at Karma Kafe is the Vegetable Jafrezi. It is a mix of Indian spices, peas, potatoes, carrots, and other delicious vegetables…all mixed together in an almost creamy sauce. It is so so good! Most dishes come with Dahl, a wonderful blend of lentils that form a protein-filled soup. It’s a perfect addition to the Jalfrezi dish!

4. The Turtle Club

I had dinner and drinks at the Turtle Club, and was very impressed with this Vegetable Panini. This bad boy had roasted eggplant, zucchini, peppers, and mozzarella on it. My favorite part was that it had a side of pesto for dipping the sandwich into! The bread was crispy and perfectly toasted, and needless to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the meal!

5. Re-Juice A Nation

What about dessert, you might ask?

If you’re going vegetarian, you might as well head to Re-Juice A Nation and pick up one of their smoothies. They have lots of great boosts to add to their drinks (protein, energy, greens, etc) that will add some extra benefits to the healthy and sweet treat!

 Are YOU a Hoboken Vegetarian?

Tweet The Hoboken Girl your favorite spots/dishes for meat-free dining.

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February 27, 2012

Hoboken Girl’s Guide to Healthy Hoboken Eating

With spring fast approaching, it’s time to come out of Hoboken hibernation and get fit and ready for the warmer weather. There are a large variety of eateries and bars, and it can sometimes be tough to stay healthy while galivanting in Hoboken. So in an effort to help you stay healthy and prep for bathing suit season, I’ve compiled an abbreviated list of places and food menu options for when you’re out and about but still trying to go light…

1. Trinity Bar and Grill:

Portabello Mushroom Wrap – I recently ordered this, it was delicious! The chickpeas (versus a side of fries) are a healthy and lean boost of protein as well.

Blackened Salmon and Avocado Wrap – a yummy and healthy option for a wrap.

*FYI: Avocado contains great nutrients such as vitamin K, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, and is a wonderful source of antioxidants, lending itself well to the promotion of a healthier cardiovascular system and a skinny waistline. When in doubt- go with avocado! Not to mention it’s delicious.

2. Wicked Wolf:

Grilled Veggie Wrap on Whole Wheat – similar to the popular turkey wrap, but the veggie option. I just can’t get enough sauteed veggies! Yum.

Harvest Pear Salad: Mixed greens topped with grilled chicken breast, blue cheese, dried cranberries and pecans served with balsamic vinaigrette - take my word for it, it’s delicious.

    • FYI: Wicked Wolf’s salads are available with grilled chicken breast, grilled thick sliced steak, grilled shrimp or sauteed shrimp for an additional charge…I’d recommend grilled shrimp or chicken if you’re trying to stay lean.

3. Clinton Social:

Vegetarian Stuffed Pepper: This bad boy contains some delicious flavors (plaintains, red peppers, red pepper coulis, basmati rice), and after taking your first bite, you won’t be able to put it down.

Yellowfin Tuna: Pepper-dusted, wasabi-whipped potatoes, julienned vegetables with a soy-ginger glaze.

*FYI: Tuna is a truly a nutrient-dense food. It’s an excellent source of protein, and it’s rich in minerals like selenium, magnesium, and potassium; vitamin B, and omega-3.

4. Mikie Squared:

Cindy is ALWAYS on a Diet SaladThis delicious salad is a little embarrassing to ask for by name, but it’s worth it. Grilled chicken with grilled vegetables & avocado with a side of honey balsamic vinaigrette…low carb and delicious. It really doesn’t get better. The sauteed veggies are delicious and go perfectly with the honey basalmic.

Grilled Salmon – Says the menu, “Drizzled in a delectable dill creme sauce with rice & grilled vegetables.” Can’t go wrong with fish and veggies (and a glass of pinot).

5. Marty O’Brien’s Social Club had three options you might want to try:

Grilled Eggplant with fresh mozzarella, grilled roasted red peppers, tomato, balsamic glaze.

Seared Tuna Salad – Mixed greens with mandarian oranges, red peppers, snow peas, goat cheese, balsamic dressing. Did I mention I love basalmic dressing?

Vegetable Stir Fry- Fresh seasonal vegetables, teriyaki sauce, and rice – add chicken or shrimp for some extra protein (but hold the steak if you want to keep it light)!
Regardless of where you choose to wine and dine in Hoboken, make your options healthy when possible. A few simple rules to follow to stay lean: order your food grilled not fried, hold the cheese when you can, and fill up on veggies before diving into the salty appetizers and other indulgences.
Happy (almost) spring!
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