by Mandy Holmes
Whether it takes the form of the keto or paleo diet, eliminating carbohydrates has become an increasingly popular way to stay healthy. Valley restaurants are taking notice, serving up dishes that are low in carbs without sacrificing flavor so those with strict eating habits can still dine out. Here are some offerings from local eateries.
Zucchini noodles are not only a great way to utilize the overwhelming supply of summer squash, but they’re also a delicious alternative to traditional pasta. The Zucchini Pasta ($16) at EVO in Old Town Scottsdale is a veggie-packed dish with a spicy kick featuring spiraled zucchini noodles, tomato butter, mushrooms, and purple cauliflower. www.evoscottsdale.com.
From the Garden
Rise and shine with the Egg White Garden Omelet ($14) at Terras at Civana Resort in Carefree. Gluten-free and low-carb diners can enjoy the mix of cage-free egg whites, shiitake mushrooms, spinach, asparagus, peppers, sliced avocado and fresh herbs served alongside a simple salad. www.civanacarefree.com.
The Chilled Melon and Tomato Gazpacho ($12) from J&G Steakhouse delivers a fresh taste of summer, combining in-season produce like melon, tomato, and jumbo lump crab for a refreshing low-carb soup. www.jgsteakhousescottsdale.com.
Spice Things Up
The Spa Café at The Boulders Resort and Spa offers simple healthy food that takes advantage of the ripe produce found in the resort’s own certified 5,600-square-foot organic garden. A favorite amongst guests is the Sriracha Chicken Summer Rolls ($16), full of crisp vegetables, Napa cabbage, fresh cilantro, avocado, and soy ponzu dipping sauce that can be enjoyed poolside or outdoor amongst the desert boulders. www.theboulders.com.
Eat the Whole Pizza
With only 19 grams of carbs in the entire crust, the cauliflower crust pizza at My Pie Pizza can be customized with your choice of toppings. Or order the Mr. White pizza ($8) where all of the toppings are zero carbs, making the entire pizza just 19 grams of carbs. Mr. White is topped with garlic, olive oil, parmesan, ricotta and mozzarella. www.pizzayourway.com.
The healthy So Fresh and So Green Salad ($14) at The Vig is the perfect side or entree that won’t leave you weighed down. The mix of all things green including sprouts, kiwi, peas, avocado, onions, cucumber, broccoli, pistachios, spinach, and kale is topped with a kiwi-lime vinaigrette. www.thevig.us.
Healthy Mexican Food
Agave del Scottsdale offers a variety of unique Mexican carpaccio to choose from. Veggie lovers will appreciate the Carpaccio de Calabaz ($13) with shaved fresh calabacin squash topped with beet microgreens, bell peppers, almonds, crumbled goat cheese drizzled with a tangy house vinaigrette. www.agavedescottsdale.com.
True Food Kitchen’s Cauliflower Polenta ($12) is a healthier option to traditional polenta and is both vegan and gluten-free. Made with grilled broccoli, snow peas, edamame, snap peas, zucchini, watermelon radish, and topped with chili threads, the dish has the familiar feel of a comfort food, with less carbs (and guilt!) www.truefoodkitchen.com.