So last night when we descended with extended out-of-town family at the local OG, I decided to go off menu. They had a collection of fresh vegetables as sides on some of their meaty GF options, so I asked our server to ask the kitchen to just come up with a pleasing combination of steamed veggies. That, coupled with a salad (no croutons, dressing on the side) and I figured I'd be fine.
I was right! Even though they didn't give me broccoli, I still enjoyed my summer squash and red pepper medley. Our server brought me extra tomatoes for the salad at my request, just to liven things up a bit. It still wasn't a thrilling dinner, but I probably ate only 150 calories of boring rather than 700. And I got to polish my healthy diet halo to boot. And my family was happy.
I'd call that a big homerun.