By Alison Bailin Batz
Okay, okay, the holidays were fun. And chances are, you might have overindulged once or twice (or more). Even if that’s the case, it doesn’t mean you have to sit at home all month eating chicken and veggies. Instead, try any of these light, bright dishes that will fill you up without weighing you down for the rest of winter.
Red Quinoa with Cilantro Jalapeno Hummus
The restaurant’s award-winning cilantro jalapeno hummus is topped with red quinoa, baby kale, spinach, arugula, tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, garlic, feta, toasted pine nuts, olive oil, and a lemon-cumin vinaigrette. It’s all served with your choice of organic blue corn chips or pita. $8.79. Multiple locations; www.pitajungle.com.
Tuna Tartare & Guacamole
Don’t let the fact that this is a low-carb starter fool you: Get your fill with this sushi-grade tuna, made fresh to order with mouthwatering radishes and soy-lemon vinaigrette, topped off with tasty housemade (and low-carb) guacamole. $16. 5040 N. 40th St., Phoenix; 602.957.2555; www.chelseaskitchenaz.com.
Lentil Cauliflower Bowl
The Herb Box
This nutrient-dense dish features cauliflower, rainbow quinoa, black lentils, pickled red grapes, crispy Brussels sprouts, honey Dijon mustard, and a heavenly lemon aioli. There is also an option to add a protein of your choice. $13; $19 with protein. Two locations; www.theherbbox.com.
Shrimp Pesto Pasta
Kale & Clover
Zucchini noodles replace traditional pasta in this flavorful dish. It also features sauteed shrimp, cherry tomatoes, broccoli, pine nuts and basil pesto. $12. 20511 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.568.8707; www.kaleandclover.com.
Brimming with shrimp, scallops, edamame, olives and peanuts, these are not your standard lettuce cups. They’re topped with a flavor-forward sweet chili fish sauce (you’ll be requesting extra for dipping!). $10.50. 4236 N. Central Ave., Phoenix; 602.222.3474; www.thecleverkoi.com.
Inside Out Quinoa Burger
True Food Kitchen
Forget carb-loaded bread buns – this unique take on a “burger” uses quinoa patties as its buns and features hummus, tzatziki, tomato, cucumber, red onion, avocado, and feta within. $14. Two locations; www.truefoodkitchen.com.
Toro Latin Restaurant & Rum Bar
Similar to a ceviche, but originally from Peru, this tiradito uses a base of hamachi and combines it with smooth aguachile sauce, apples, onions, and a hint of Sriracha sauce. $16. At TPC Scottsdale, 17020 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale; 480.585.4848; www.scottsdaleprincess.com.
Mediterranean Protein Powerhouse
This three-egg omelet is loaded with tomatoes, sauteed onions, garlic, spinach and feta cheese topped with housemade cucumber dill sauce and served with grilled chicken breast. $14. 6501 E. Greenway Pkwy., Scottsdale; 480.998.6026; www.perkeatery.com.
Have your choice of oysters prepared one of two ways: with delectable hibiscus mignonette sauce or hearth-fired with smoked brisket, bloody mary aioli and fresh celery. $15. At The Phoencian, 6000 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.941.8200; www.thephoenician.com.
Even for those counting carbs, this dazzler of a dish is decadent, featuring sushi-grade toro topped with tamari soy, kizami (chopped) wasabi and oscietra caviar. $42. At W Scottsdale, 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale; 480.970.2121; www.innovativedining.com.
Weft & Warp Art Bar + Kitchen
Try this simple salad that packs a flavorful punch. Greens are topped with green goddess dressing, preserved lemon and pine nuts, with the option to add steak, chicken or shrimp. $12; $22 with protein. At Andaz Scottsdale, 6114 N. Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale; 480.214.4622; www.andazscottsdale.com.
Snack on this app, a hybrid of Brussels sprouts and kale that’s flash-fried then tossed with black pepper feta cheese, ham, preserved lemon, and fermented chiles. $10. At Desert Botanical Garden, 1201 N. Galvin Pkwy., Phoenix; 480.719.8600; www.gertrudesrestaurant.net.
Low Carb Breakfast
d’ Lite Healthy on the Go
Have your greens for breakfast! A carb-conscious staple, this dish has organic mixed greens, a hash potato patty, two eggs, pepper jack cheese, tomatoes and avocado drizzled with pesto and balsamic vinaigrette. $7.25. Multiple locations; www.dlitehealthyonthego.com.
Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails
Salmon is blackened on the grill and then paired with luscious cauliflower puree, colored cauliflower, sunchokes, grapefruit segments and pickled fresno peppers. $30. At Kimpton Hotel Palomar Phoenix, 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix; 602.258.0231; www.bluehoundkitchen.com.
Mother Earth Bowl
Good-for-you ingredients are the key here, with ancient grains, sweet potatoes, Portobello mushrooms, avocado, cucumbers, broccoli pesto, charred onions, leafy greens, and red pepper miso vinaigrette sprinkled with hemp seeds. $9. Multiple locations; www.iamaflowerchild.com.