WOMP! There it is… It’s time for another edition of What’s On My Plate.
When you go on vacation, you are likely eating out for most meals. That is probably one of my favorite parts of vacation! Because this Trim Healthy Mama gets tired of cooking sometimes. Am I right? AnnMarie and I took a trip to New Orleans and I forgot to take pictures of any meal except breakfast. Ooops! Maybe it’s because one of my favorite meals is breakfast? Or maybe it’s because of the proseco? So let’s talk about breakfast on vacation.
As AnnMarie has mentioned, when you eat out it is generally best to stick with S meals. This type of meal has minimal carbs because very few restaurants offer the types of healthy carbs that are part of the Trim Healthy Mama way of eating.
Friday: Two Chicks Cafe
Our first morning in New Orleans we walked to a nearby restaurant, Two Chicks Cafe. The menu was full of tempting options! I like trying items that are unique to that restaurant when available. So I ordered their Kickin’ Chicken Omelet.
The omelet was filled with chicken breast, grilled red onion, mushrooms, salsa, and goat cheese topped with homemade salsa. I had them hold the grits, potatoes, fruit, and toast and substituted a side of bacon.
I loved the novelty of adding chicken breast to the omelet! Of course we all had to crack a few jokes about what came first: the chicken or the egg… (see what I did there?). At any rate, I was inspired and will be trying this combination at home when I have leftover chicken! You should give it a try too.
Saturday: Court of Two Sisters
So many people recommended the jazz brunch at the Court of Two Sisters. We had spent some time on Bourbon Street the night before and were a little skeptical that the restaurant would be
clean as nice as they said.
When we arrived we walked through a small vestibule and were so surprised as it opened into a large, beautiful space tucked behind the craziness of the bars! The courtyard was filled with greenery and large fans, but we opted to eat inside because it was already getting hot.
The brunch was a buffet, and there were a ton of options that I chose to skip. I feel better when I avoid off-plan foods. And I knew I was going to indulge in some beignets at Cafe du Monde!
I opted for an omelet from the omelet station and filled it with cheese, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers and spinach. And then I had them put some hollandaise sauce over top, because vacation. I added some of their extra crispy bacon on the side along with some andouille sausage. They had veggies on the lunch side of the buffet so I included a healthy dose of steamed broccoli.
Not pictured: I tried their turtle soup with a splash of sherry. I’ve never tasted turtle before, and figured I ought to be adventurous. The flavor was amazing! But I couldn’t make myself eat more than one bite. #notasadventurousasIthinkIam I also got some strawberries at the end of my meal.
Sunday: The Silver Whistle Cafe
We had brunch in the Garden District on Sunday. I found a great little spot called The Silver Whistle Cafe that was part of The Pontchartrain Hotel. The decor was classic French country with some quirky artwork that we all thought would be fun in our homes! The service was wonderful and the coffee was perfect.
We had been eating rather heavy meals so I decided to go for a lighter brunch option. After all breakfast on vacation doesn’t always have to be an indulgence. I chose the egg white frittata and added a side of ham. The frittata came out topped with arugula which is surprisingly good together!
Monday: FullBlast Brunch
We may have saved the best for our last morning in New Orleans! Kevin found a restaurant that had just opened 12 weeks earlier called FullBlast Brunch. The food was so incredibly fresh. And the service was fast and friendly. Those are the Fs you’re looking for when you eat out. 😉 If you’re in NOLA, make sure you give it a try!
I chose the crabcake benedict, and I had them put it on grilled tomato slices instead of bread. Now, I am a Maryland girl which means I am a crabcake snob. I am also an eternal optimist and will still try crabcakes in other states. That means I’m often disappointed. But FullBlast’s chef knocked it out of the park! It was so good: lumps of crab meat and no bready fillers.
I also ordered avocado, but they weren’t ripe enough to be served. See? I told you their food was super fresh. I opted to get their grilled veggies instead and they were the perfect accompaniment to my entree.
If you aren’t one to usually eat veggies with breakfast, I really recommend giving them a try when you eat out. I think you’ll end up loving them as much as I do!
And that’s a wrap. Next year I’ll make sure to take pictures of our dinners to share with you. What’s your favorite breakfast to order when you’re on vacation?
For more meal inspiration check out these links:
Eating Out As A Trim Healthy Mama
What’s On My Plate | THM-E Day
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