4 Best Local Spots for Healthy Food

30 Sep

Eating healthy is tough, and it’s especially challenging when all you want to do is eat unhealthy. Knowing that I have to fit into a maid of honor dress in just around three months is motivation enough to cut back on some of the foods I don’t need, and more of the foods I do.

That’s what I’m hear to talk about today. Those places you can grab a quick and healthy lunch in Saratoga without having the temptation of saying yes or no to the side of fries, which I usually without fail say yes to.

Kicking it off, I’ll start this list with an easy one:

Four Seasons

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Four Seasons is always the easy answer to “where can I get a healthy lunch?” Four Seasons is a health food store and eatery that specializes in vegan and vegetarian options, but also has great food for the meat eaters as well.

The thing I love about Four Seasons is that you can always count on them to have something that’ll pique your interest in their hot and cold food stations. They post their daily specials right on their Facebook page, and don’t worry, it’s not all tofu and brown rice. They have some killer panini’s, soups and salads that will fulfill your appetite and needs!

Putnam Market

Putnam Market

It’s not all about sandwiches, ladies and gentlemen. Sure, Putnam Market makes a mean sandwich, especially the High Rock (just saying). But when you’re looking for something perhaps a bit lighter than a sandwich, this can still be a destination for you.

Have you ever seen the hot bar they have at Putnam Market? It’s like a healthy food lovers paradise. They always have a great variety in there, anything from vegan options like chickpea curry and coconut lime rice to meat options like lemon rosemary chicken with roasted potatoes. The specials change daily, so check out their Facebook page for updates if you’re feeling like checking them out today.

Greenhouse Salads

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Ahhh the Greenhouse Salad Company, one of my favorite places to indulge in a salad. Why is that? Well for starters, their salads are enormous. I have a theory that if you eat the salad there, they’re even bigger than the to-go portion, which is still huge on its own.

Okay so maybe it’s not a theory. Maybe it’s fact.

Regardless, they have every salad combination you could really think of, and as long as you avoid the heavy, cream based dressings, almost all of the add-ons they have available are good for you.

Personally, I love the Greek Chopped Salad with the Mediterranean dressing, light on the feta. But a girls gotta get her feta fix, ya know?

Comfort Kitchen

Comfort Kitchen Market Salad

Comfort Kitchen is one of those hidden gems in Saratoga that more people need to be aware of. Don’t let the name fool you, this eatery isn’t just about those heavy comfort foods like mac and cheese and cheeseburgers (but if you’re in the mood for them, this is the place to get them.)

Comfort Kitchen prides themselves on sourcing all of their products from local farmers, and you can often see Chef/Owner Rory Moran at the Saratoga Farmer’s Market hauling big cartons of produce back to his restaurant.

Some of the healthier menu items at Comfort Kitchen include the veggie burger (best in the area IMO), veggie tacos and some banging salads. Go there.

It’s easy to find a salad anywhere, but a hearty salad that’s going to make you say “I’m full” afterwards is definitely hard to come by. Also if you’re not a rabbit and don’t enjoy eating lettuce on the regular, I hope that this list helped create some diversity for you and your lunch time woes.

Do you have a go-to spot when you’re looking for a healthy lunch? Comment below!

Saratoga International Flavorfeast October 11, 2014

27 Sep

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We’re just two weeks away from the Saratoga International Flavorfeast and we could not be more excited for the participants involved in this first annual event! In case you missed it on the main Event Page, here’s another list of participating restaurants, alongside what Nation they’ll be representing and the food they’ll be serving.

For those who don’t know, the Saratoga International Flavorfeast will be taking place in downtown Saratoga Springs on October 11, 2014 from 11am-4pm, where participating restaurants will be offering $1 samples of ethnic dishes they chose to represent.

Participating restaurants include:

*List is being updated as we approach October 11th!

Along with these participating restaurants, we’ll also be giving away reusable 14 oz. Peroni Cups and wrist bands for $5, which will grant you 5 Peroni beer samples at various participating bars. You will receive 1 sample per bar. To sign up for that, Register Here!

We hope to see you all there!

Recipe: Fresh Basil and Tomato Pasta

22 Sep

I like to consider myself relatively talented in the kitchen, and when I need to save money by not going out to eat, I try my best to put my talents to use.

First things first – ingredients are certainly what can make or break whatever you’re making. If you use the finest, it will in turn taste better. Regardless of how you prepare something. If you use poor quality ingredients, it just won’t taste the same. It could still taste good… but it won’t taste AS good.

With that said, I was given the opportunity to cook with some really phenomenal ingredients from Saratoga Olive Oil Company recently, including their Peruvian Organic Picual Olive Oil as well as the new line of pastas they’re selling in store, produced right at Sfoglini Pasta Shop in Brooklyn, NY.

Basil Pasta

Basil Pasta Brooklyn

Because this pasta is prepared with the simplest of ingredients, it’s only good for one year, and it takes much less time to cook in boiling water.

As I was boiling the pasta, I was also roasting tomatoes in the oven with fresh basil, garlic, and the Saratoga Olive Oil Co. Olive Oil.

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Meh, not the best picture… but you see all those juices the tomatoes released? Oh yeah baby… it was awesome.

Once the pasta was ready to go, it was time to toss it all together!

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Isn’t that pasta just the coolest texture?

Pasta with roasted tomatoes and EVOO

Fresh pasta with roasted tomatoes and EVOO

I cooked up some chicken as well, to add a little protein to the dish. Sprinkled some kosher salt on top as well as another drizzle of the EVOO and this dish was perfect.

Interested in the recipe? Check it out below! Bon Appetite!

Ingredients:

  • 1 12 oz. package of fresh pasta (preferably Sfoglini)
  • 1/4 cup of high quality extra virgin olive oil (preferably from Saratoga Olive Oil Co.)
  • 4-5 fresh beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1-2 chicken breasts
  • 6 leaves fresh basil
  • 1 bulb of garlic
  • 4 tsp kosher salt
  • Cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Chop tomatoes into chunks, and mix together with garlic gloves, 1 tsp kosher salt, 3 basil leaves (torn or cut into ribbons), and drizzle 1/8 cup of olive oil. Toss together and put in oven for 25-30 minutes or until tomatoes have cooked down significantly
  • Season chicken breasts with 1 tsp kosher salt and cracked pepper
  • Add to heated pan at medium temperature with a drizzle of olive oil
  • Cook until done
  • Fill up a large pot with water and bring to a boil
  • Add the pasta and stir occasionally, until pasta is al dente (5-8 minutes)
  • Once pasta is done, strain water and place in large pasta bowl
  • Pour tomato mixture over pasta, and drizzle with remaining olive
  • Sprinkle with 2 tsp kosher salt and basil leaves. Serve immediately!

Showcase of Homes Chefs Event 2014

16 Sep

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You know what I’m looking forward to this weekend? Eating a ton of food. How might you ask? At the Saratoga Showcase of Homes Chefs Event!

The Saratoga Showcase of Homes begins Friday, September 19th, and continues every weekend until October 5th.

Kicking off the whole showcase with the Chefs Event is awesome because of course, we get to see some of the incredible homes and beautiful kitchens while eating some great food from local chefs!

Below I’ve listed out all of the chefs participating in the event, as well as which homes they’ll be at on Friday.

My best tip? Begin as early as you can. If you get out of work at 5, try to start visiting the homes at 5:30. The more homes you can hit before the sun goes down, the better, because once you don’t have the sun to guide you and you’re old school like me and don’t have a GPS, you can get a little lost at some of these out of the area homes.

I will say this – when you’re standing in these amazingly built homes, it’ll make you want to start saving for a gourmet kitchen. Always does it to me!

Saratoga Showcase of Homes Chefs Event takes place on Friday, September 19th from 5pm-10pm. Purchase your tickets here.

Classic Homes

Ridgeview Estates
6 Ridgeview Road
Gansevoort, NY 12831

Wishing Well

Wishing Well – Chef Patrick Longton
www.wishingwellrestaurant.com

Food Being Served:
Chicken Pot Pie

Bella Home Builders

Rolling Greens
7 Rolling Green Dr
Wilton, NY 12831

Lakeridge

Lake Ridge – Chef Scott Ringwood
www.lake-ridge.com

Food Being Served:
Pulled Pork Tacos with Chili Slaw

Belmonte Builders

The Mill at Smith Bridge
5 Saw Mill Court
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Zest Cooks – Chef Carla Kuchar
www.zestcooks.com

Food Being Served:
Crab Macaroni & Cheese, Tomato Basil Bisque

BCI Construction

The Elms at Saratoga
28 Joseph Street
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Jack Dillions

Jack Dillon’s – Chef Tom Dillon
www.jackdillons.com

Food Being Served:
NE Style Cod Cakes on Molasses Bread w/ Tarter Sauce

Polito Homes

Park Grove
21 Joshua Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

15 Church

15 Church – Chef Brady Duhame
www.15churchrestaurant.com

Food Being Served:
Jalapeno Duck w/Ginger Aromatic Emulsion. Dessert – Salted Butter Caramel Crunch

Witt Construction

106 Southard Road
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Pasta Pane

Pasta Pana – Chef James Frese
www.dzrestaurants.com

Food Being Served:
Braised Short Ribs with Seasonal Vegetables over Creamy Polenta

Malta Development

Lakeview Landing
27 Yachtsmans Way
Malta, NY 12020

Maestros

Maestro’s at the Van Dam – Chef John LaPosta
www.maestrosatthevandam.com

Food Being Served:
Homemade Ricotta Gnocchi Baked w/house made Ricotta; Eggplant Roulades w/Arugula

Traditional Builders

Stonebridge Estates
6 Stonebridge Dr.
Ballston Lake, NY 12019

Villago Pizzeria and Restaurant

Villago Pizzeria & Ristorante – Chef Sandra Foster
www.villagopizzeria.com

Food Being Served:
Wood-Fired Pizza and Appetizers from Wood-Fired Oven

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