10 Healthy(ish) Dishes to Order Out

Eating healthy doesn't have to mean eating in. Try these not-so-guilty pleasures at area restaurants.

When it comes to what we eat, it’s all about balance, right? For a food columnist and restaurant critic, that can be tough—especially when assignments require slogging through 40 or 50 pizzas, or nailing down exactly which chili relleno is the gooiest in town. My solution? Whenever I can, I trade sauce for broth, choose superfoods over supersize and ditch the knish for fish. And by the way, eating healthy doesn’t have to mean eating in. Here are some not-so-guilty pleasures to try the next time you feel like going out.

Jerk Chicken Skewers

Amoo’s Restaurant  |  6271 Old Dominion Drive, McLean, amoosrestaurant.com

Photo by Jonathan Timmes.

No one could ever accuse Seb Oveysi, the chef and owner of Amoo’s Restaurant, of being a jerk. But he’s definitely on board with the jerk concept. During a 2016 trip to Jamaica, he asked a taxi driver to take him for some great local food, and they wound up at a roadside stand. “This is the best jerk chicken in Montego Bay,” the driver swore. One bite and Oveysi was convinced. He talked the cook into giving up the recipe for a cool $100.

For Amoo’s interpretation of the dish, Oveysi marinates thick chunks of chicken breast with pineapple, guava, Scotch bonnet and habañero peppers, smoked paprika, cumin, cloves, thyme, onion, soy sauce and a touch of brown sugar. He then grills the skewers to succulence, basting them with saffron butter, and serves them with grilled tomato.

If you’re feeling especially virtuous, you can forgo the side of saffron rice and double up on mixed greens with an herb dressing. For extra zest, dab the chicken in the restaurant’s signature chimichurri, made with jalapeño, cilantro, parsley and lime juice.


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