By eDiets’ Nutrition Services
Comprised of more than 750 “local” restaurants in North America, the inspiration behind Olive Garden is the warmth and hospitality of the Italian culture and people. Are you a lover of all things Italian, especially the food?
To tap into that Italian experience, Olive Garden development chefs regularly make trips to Italy to gain inspiration. Olive Garden also established a council of renowned chefs based in Italy who meet annually to collaborate with the Olive Garden chefs.
Additionally, Olive Garden established their Culinary Institute of Tuscany in the Tuscan village of Riserva di Fizzano. Each year, more than 100 managers spend a week in Tuscany getting immersed in Italian culture, which includes learning the time-honored traditions of Italian cooking and working side-by-side with Italian master chefs, as part of the restaurant’s dedication to Italy and commitment to rewarding and recognizing its team members.
Now let’s talk about the food! Most of us love to enjoy a little Italian cooking. And what better way to do so than by savoring a meal that not only is delicious but also friendly to our figures. We can all enjoy some Italian cuisine (even pasta) without the guilt!
Are you ready for some pasta and seafood? The Capellini Pomodoro (lunch portion) might be right up your alley. For around 480 calories, 11 grams of fat, and 17 grams protein, this dish is sure to please. The combination of shrimp, bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms served in a bold arrabbiata sauce over penne is perfect for that Italian meal craving.
The Venetian Apricot Chicken (dinner portion) is a delectable combination of sweet and savory. The grilled chicken breasts in a apricot citrus sauce served with broccoli, asparagus and diced tomatoes is a perfect way to watch your calories (only 400 for the meal) while enjoying your fresh vegetables daily (1.5 cups of vegetables total from the meal). If you are like me and like a little pasta too (come on, we are eating Italian, aren’t we?), order a small side dish without the sauce. It’s a great way to enjoy without the guilt.
Now if you want to splurge a little, the Capellini di Mare is the dish for you. A dinner meal with around 650 calories total (including a good balance of fat, protein, and carbohydrates), this meal with shrimp, clams and mussels sautéed in white wine, garlic and a zesty marinara sauce with fresh basil served over capellini will make for a great dinner out. Keep in mind that you can always request a bit less sauce (to lower the sodium) and even take half the dish home to lower the calories even a bit more. Then you get to enjoy it twice!
Enjoy your next meal at the Olive Garden in a healthier way. It is simply delicioso!
To see the full menu of Olive Garden’s Healthy Dining fare, visit Healthy Dining Finder and pick your own favorite. Enjoy!