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Low-carb delights where I least expected

April 19, 2015

I wouldn’t normally admit to this, but last week my husband and I ate out twice in the same place. What’s wrong with that, you might ask? We all do it at some point, I’m sure. Sounds worse when I say it was Friday night and then again on the Sunday morning. The part that really gets stuck in my throat when admitting it out loud though is that it was a Harvester. Yep, that’s right – Dawnie ‘Michelin-star loving, foodie-snob galore’ ate in a Harvester. Twice. In one weekend. I know my friend Alison B will be cackling with smug laughter at this point.

If you thinking it’s because we’ve fallen on hard times, you’re wrong. Well sort of. The truth of the matter is that we’ve been such piggies of late and so far off of our 60/40 low-carb rule (40% carbs or less generally helps us maintain our weight) that with less than three weeks after Easter until our beach holiday, we went into slight panic mode.

There was only one thing for it. Super low-carb approach; no starches, except for leafy greens, no sugar if it can be helped and the biggest punishment of them all, no wine. *sobs quietly into her glass of tasteless, grapeless water…*

Now, whilst I stick to the statement that you can dine out low-carb in almost any restaurant if you’re willing to ask them to substitute carbs for salad or veg and forgo a pud, sometimes it’s just easier to avoid the temptation. So on the Friday night we popped to Harvester for our dinner. Hubs opted for the mixed grill without chips and I had half a chicken, with some vegetables.

As most of you will know, with your Harvester mains you get to pilfer the salad cart as part of the deal. In days gone by, I was never really that impressed with it – limited choice and all a bit limp to impress me. But my goodness, they’ve given it a bit of a facelift of late! There was loads more to choose from and low-carb options at that. As well as all the usual suspects of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes and peppers, I was able to pop in some cornichons, olives, silverskin onions and pumpkin seeds. I even snuck in a couple of bits of pineapple – not low-carb I know but I won’t tell if you don’t. So that was a great start to the weekend – we were happily stuffed and saved from any starchy or sweet temptations.

The second visit came on Sunday morning. One of our lovely quiz team folk told us about the Harvester’s unlimited breakfast for less than a fiver. We had to go shopping up the Centre anyway so we thought we’d give it a go and just stick to the meat, eggs and mushrooms. Which is what we did. Between the two of us we devoured four sausages, five pieces of bacon, black pudding, mushrooms and four eggs. And if we had been eating carbs, we probably would have visited the Continental breakfast bar for some crumpets, toast and pancakes with maple syrup – all included in the hot breakfast price.

So, I’ll say this for the Harvester: it’s not the most attractive of places to eat and the food definitely lacks finesse and often the most basic of presentation, but if you want your money’s worth and you want to tailor the menu to your own personal eating preferences, it’s a pretty good offering.

Oh, and in case you’re wondering if any of this effort is having the desired effect; I’ve lost nearly half a stone in a week. And the profits at Milton Keynes’ Majestic have probably slumped some what.

Where is your place to eat out or food you eat that you don’t really like to admit to?

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