The 7-Item Pub Menu at Applebee’s
While the brains behind the menu of Applebee’s have stayed true to the company’s slogan – “Eatin’ good in the neighborhood” – you will soon find that they significantly overlooked the “eating healthy” part of the equation. You, as well as the millions of diners worldwide who patronize this casual dining chain, love the delicious flavors of its appetizers, entrées, sides and salads, and desserts but wish that its would offer healthier options.
For example, the salads come in large servings of vegetables, grilled chicken, and hardboiled eggs, to name a few ingredients, covered in high-calorie toppings. The fried appetizers are usually cheesy and creamy, which means even the attractively-named Veggie Patch Pizza contains 900 calories. The desserts are so decadent that you may want to skip the rest of the meal just to indulge in the Triple Chocolate Meltdown, Butter Pecan Blondie, and Blue Ribbon Brownie.
Fortunately, the people behind the Applebee’s menu have realized the error of their ways, so to speak – and thus the Pub Diet Menu was born. The seven food items included in it are pub-style dishes with less than 650 calories while also providing fiber and protein. These dishes are touted as “grill and bar” favorites that have been made a little better – read: healthier – for diners.
Do the dishes live up to the hype? You have to decide but here are a few bits of information you can use for this purpose.
Shrimp Wonton Stir-Fry
This dish includes a perfectly balanced medley of shrimp, stir-fry vegetables, wonton strips, and dumpling sauce all poured onto deliciously fluffy and fragrant white rice. You have a complete meal in each spoonful of savory stir-fry goodness – and all with 610 calories, 14 grams of fat, 5 grams of dietary fiber, 97 grams of carbohydrates, and 25 grams of protein. But there is the reality of high sodium levels at 2,270 mg, so you may want to share it.
Hot Shot Whiskey Chicken
This is a chicken-based dish made of the sweet and spicy combo of grilled chicken fillet with a topping of whiskey onion and mushroom, rosemary pan gravy, and peppercorn as well as a side of mashed potatoes with cheddar jalapeno topping. Your mouth will water at the description while the actual flavors will live up to your expectations. With this meal you get 640 calories, 28 grams fat, 44 grams carbohydrates, 6 grams dietary fiber, and 55 grams protein, and 2,090 grams sodium.
Grilled Onion Sirloin with Stout Gravy
This is a popular meal at Applebee’s because of its combination of a 7-oz sirloin steak – the star of the dish – combined with the smoky flavors of grilled onions and roasted tomato as well as the crispiness of red potatoes. You can skip the stout gravy to reduce the calorie content; otherwise, you get a total of 600 calories, 30 grams fat, 1,390 mg sodium, 43 grams carbohydrates, 5 grams dietary fiber, and 39 grams protein.
Pepper-Crusted Sirloin and Whole Grains
This is a dish that balances the crunch of the whole grains with the smooth textures of the fire-roasted grape tomatoes and sautéed spinach while the pepper-crusted sirloins explodes with juicy, savory and meaty flavors. Add portobellos and a light broth and you may just have fast-food fare that you may want to take home to mother. Plus, you will love that it only contains 350 calories, 9 grams fat, and 1,520 mg sodium with a healthy helping of 30 grams protein.
Cedar Grilled Lemon Chicken
This is a chicken dish that will probably encourage you to try out other competitors’ grilled lemon chicken dishes, if only everything is as good as Applebee’s. You will love the combo of juicy cedar-grilled chicken with smooth lemon oil vinaigrette, tart Granny Smith apple relish, and crunchy quinoa, cranberry, and rice blend. You may want to share it, however, as its 2,430 mg sodium outweighs the goodness of its 560 calories, 25 grams fat, 45 grams carbohydrates, and 41 grams protein.
Shrimp & Broccoli Cavatappi
This is a vegetarian’s delight, thanks to its generous helpings of pepper-grilled shrimp, broccoli, and fresh lemon with cavatappi pasta, parmesan blend, and light cream sauce. As many guests say, your palate will love the perfect mix of vegetables, pasta, and shrimp, which may seem unconventional at first but you will quickly grow to love it.
Savory Cedar Salmon
This dish will make you want a second serving, thanks to the grilled cedar-seasoned salmon on a bed of steamed potatoes, fresh vegetables, and artichoke spread. Your palate will immediately pick up on the smoky flavors, too, while your body will love its low calorie content (520 calories). It contains 26 grams carbohydrates, 45 grams protein, and 1,560 mg sodium.
Order a cold beer or a cocktail drink and your meal is complete!