Olive Garden Substitutions
Olive Garden Substitutions , 01-10-2011 12:04 PM


Expert Low-Carber


I was at Olive Garden over the weekend and found that instead of the pasta you can substitute vegetables (brocolli or asparagus) at no charge!

I had the seafood alfredo over a brocolli/asparagus mix and it was great. I thought this was a pretty good choice (oh, and I stayed away from the breadsticks too!)

Thought I'd pass along the info!



RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 01-10-2011 12:27 PM


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Thanks for sharing, Healthy4me! You can also sub a bed of spinach under the entree at Zio's Italian Restaurant instead of the carby pasta. I did it ... and loved it.

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RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 01-10-2011 12:41 PM


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Yep, I've been eating that for years there. The salmon is amazing too. Just gotta resist those breadsticks.

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RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 01-11-2011 11:41 AM


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I'll have to try their salmon next time - it sounds good. Also, a spinich substitution is a great idea. I guess I need to learn to ask for what I need and explore the possibilities! Thanks!



RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 01-12-2011 01:50 PM


Expert Low-Carber



I'm always afraid the salmon will have some kind of sugar-glaze on it, that seems to be the way restaurants always make it. I don't like my meat (or fish) to taste sweet, so I'm always disappointed when it does. I just can't always tell from the menu. What do they put on the salmon at Olive Garden?
RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 01-12-2011 10:38 PM


Junior Low-Carber


I know folks often fear Italian food - probably because the very well-known Olive Garden has such a pasta-heavy reputation! That's great that you can get these things over veggies.

I've found, as a rule, that true Italian restaurants are some of the absolute best places to eat low-carb. They almost always have delectable steak and fish dishes with olive oil and the delicious flavors of caper, lemon and garlic. Pasta is by no means unavoidable when eating Italian!

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RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 01-14-2011 02:39 PM


Expert Low-Carber


My favorite local Italian restaurant (Sergio's in Sanford, Florida) is perfectly willing to serve anything I ask for over spinach instead of pasta, and I like that a lot. Their shrimp Alfredo over spinach, particularly, is just delicious.
RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 04-03-2011 10:06 PM


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I had the seafood alfredo over a brocolli/asparagus mix and it was great. I thought this was a pretty good choice (oh, and I stayed away from the breadsticks too!)

Thought I'd pass along the info!
I went to a birthday lunch last week at Betruccis. Proud to say I did not give in to the carbs. Had salad w/vinegrette, roasted vegetables, meatballs and steak. The waitress must have thought I was nuts. No bread? No pasta? No way!

Donna
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RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 04-03-2011 10:42 PM


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I had the seafood alfredo over a brocolli/asparagus mix and it was great. I thought this was a pretty good choice (oh, and I stayed away from the breadsticks too!)

Thought I'd pass along the info!
I went to a birthday lunch last week at Betruccis. Proud to say I did not give in to the carbs. Had salad w/vinegrette, roasted vegetables, meatballs and steak. The waitress must have thought I was nuts. No bread? No pasta? No way!
WTG with saying NO to the carbs!
Do you think the meatballs had breadcrumbs? If it did, I guess it was minimal. I love Italian food and eating out, but so often -- the hidden carbs get me everytime!

Kathy in Texas
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RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 04-03-2011 10:49 PM


Newbie Low-Carber


the tips helped me a lot. now i can do some substitutions. lol!
RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 04-06-2011 11:09 PM


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Most true Italian food is healthy, if you ease up on the pasta. Even real Italian pizza has very, very thin crust, not much bread at all.

I lost 5 lb last time I went to Italy, and I was only there 4 days. You can get grilled salmon and veggies at gas stops! Food in the restaurants is fresh, healthy, and comes with lots of grilled veggies.
RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 04-08-2011 03:39 PM


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I've discovered that a lot of restaurants post their menus and nutrition information online, and if you look for gluten-free options (whether you have problems with gluten or not), you can usually find the lowest-carb choices, and discover where carbs may be hiding.
RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 05-23-2011 03:32 PM


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What salad dressing is lc at olive garden? Just olive oil and vinegar?

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RE: Olive Garden Substitutions , 05-24-2011 03:09 AM


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Looks like their house dressing is about 5 carbs per serving which is more than I thought!
Click here and compare a plain salad VS a salad with dressing and subtract the difference:

http://www.olivegarden.com/menus/garden_...mation.asp

Kathy in Texas
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