Seeing all this food, and plugging it into the on-line points tracker and finding it to be 18 points, makes me think about an experience I had at a restaurant this weekend. We all decided to go to lunch after a rousing morning of Peewee soccer. We went to Applebee's. I was thrilled when everyone chose Applebee's because they have some menu selections with Weight Watcher points already figured for you. So I reviewed the menu selections and chose this...
Italian Chicken Portobello Sandwich
Grilled, marinated chicken breast topped with sliced portobello mushrooms, a slice of tomato and chunky marinara sauce. Served on a wheat bun along with fresh fruit.
It sounds pretty good, doesn't it? I said to the waiter, "I'll have the Italian Chicken Portobello Sandwich, please."
A few minutes later a waitress runs past the table and slows down enough to throw a dismal looking sandwich on the table while yelling at the top of her lungs, "Who's having the Weight Watchers sandwich?" Can I just stop right here and tell you how much I HATE that!? The sandwich has a name...it's on the menu. The proper way to deliver the meal is to say, "Who's having the Italian chicken Portobello Mushroom sandwich."...OK!!!??? that's the way it should be done. There is no good reason to announce, loudley and crudely, at the top of your lungs, to EVERYONE in the entire establishment..."I have the sandwich for the fat lady on a diet here!!!" Sheesh!!!
Anyway...I was so flustered and a bit miffed and embarrassed by the delivery...and so disappointed in the pitiful thing on the plate that I failed to take a photo of it....now I am sooo wishing that I had photographed it. It was the most pitiful, unappealing thing I have seen in a long while. Honestly, you would have to make a special effort to make a sandwich look so "blah" and unappetizing. It actually didn't taste bad....although it could have been a lot better. The "fresh fruit" offering consisted of a tiny ( I do mean TINY) wedge of sour, not quite ripe pineapple, a couple of tiny little chunks of green apple, and a nasty looking little strawberry. (which Autumn immediately asked for..and was given...LOL)
I told Vern on the way home, I am done ordering food from the "healthy options" on any of the menus at any of the restaurants we go to. For some reason the cook staff seems to equate ordering the "healthy' options...or fresh grill..or heart healthy...or Weight Watcher friendly...or whatever the term is at the particular establishment you're ordering at...with a need to be punished for even considering eating. I think they see that you've ordered from the "special selections" and decide that you need to be discouraged from ever eating again...LOL. So, I am done. From now on I am going to order whatever...and then just split portions or pick and choose what I'm going to eat from my selection...but no more trying to order from the "special" selections...Yuck!!!!
Ok...here's what I ate yesterday....
There was also a bowl of yogurt with fiber one and puffed millet in it as a late night snack, which I didn't photograph.
All of this lovely food came to 18 points for the day. I see no reason why a professional chef in a restaurant kitchen can't make a 7 point sandwich that's worth eating!