The truth is, there is no Applebee’s secret menu. Applebee’s is a chain of neighborhood grill and bar restaurants with over 2,000 locations across the United States, Puerto Rico, and in 15 countries abroad while its corporate headquarters are in Glendale, California.
From the on-menu dishes, desserts and drinks, you can create your own Applebee’s secret menu mainly by customizing the ingredients. You can ask for extra toppings, less salt, or soup on the side, among others.
Here are a few suggestions to help you customize your orders. These suggestions are on the healthy side with less calories, fats, sugar, and salt but with high levels of fiber, proteins, and vitamins.
Pepper-Crusted Sirloin and Whole Grains
You will not go wrong with a pepper-crusted sirloin especially as Applebee’s ensures that its sirloin has low fat and high iron content. The pepper-crusted sirloin rests on a bed of whole grains with roasted portobellos, sautéed spinach, and grape tomatoes on the side, which is then drizzled with a light broth.
With just 540 calories yet with 6 grams of fiber and 42 grams of protein, the savory cedar salmon dish is a nutritious meal that also more than satisfies the palate and fills the stomach. Keep in mind, too, that salmon is rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids and is a healthy protein source. You will also love that it comes with vegetables, such as steamed potatoes and vegetables.
Again, your main health issue here is the high salt content. Ask the server to either serve the sauce on the side or to go light on it with the trick being to reduce your salt intake for the meal.
Half-Size Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad and Baked Potato
If you want a more filling meal, you can order the half-size grilled chicken Caesar salad and baked potato; it has 740 calories, 53 grams of carbohydrates, 6 grams of fiber, and 31 grams of protein. You should be full for the next few hours until your hunger pangs kick in anew. Add the baked potato for a healthy dose of Vitamin C and potassium, which you will appreciate for its stress-fighting and weight loss benefits.
Napa Chicken and Portobellos
Here’s a treat that you will want almost every time you come to Applebee’s – the low-calorie Napa chicken and portobellos dish. You will get a dish of chicken breasts, portobello mushrooms, and onions covered with red wine sauce and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Come to Applebee’s and discover that its menu items are among the best in the casual dining industry. Your job is to make your own variations by requesting the chef to make minor tweaks on your dishes.