Bertucci's Cod al Forno
Friday, March 15, 2013
We went to Bertucci's tonight for dinner, and I wanted to have a lighter dinner, so I ordered the Cod al Forno, which means Baked Cod (literally from the oven) in Italian. The menu said that it was sprinkled with bread crumbs, and served over marinated tomatoes with roasted potatoes. The picture showed large chunks of tomato surrounding the fish.
I asked the waiter if they could go light on the bread crumbs, which they did. It was served in the baking dish nestled into a large bowl, because the baking dish was hot from the oven. There were cut up red potatoes on top of the fish, but I didn't see any tomatoes.
The food was so hot that I started moving it to my bread plate to cool off, and discovered that the bottom of the baking dish was full of oil. So, after getting some of the food out, I tipped the dish so the oil would go to one side, so I could remove the rest of the meal with less of the oil. It turned out the the tomatoes were more like a salsa in the bottom of the dish - I should have known that marinated might mean oily! The tomatoes disappointed me, because I was really expecting nice roasted tomatoes with my meal.
The fish was cooked nicely, but wasn't very exciting. I did enjoy the potatoes, but they weren't what I think of as roasted - shriveled crusty yummy skins. These potatoes seemed just plain baked.
Then I got home, hoping that someone had already entered the dish into Sparky. It indeed had been shared by another member, and was listed as 920 calories! My dish was probably a little less, since I didn't eat all of the oil and it was made with fewer breadcrumbs, but it's still a lot on my current calorie budget of 1450 - 1500 calories a day.
This meal put me about 400 calories over today, but I'm not going to sweat it. Why?
a. I enjoyed a lovely dinner time with my husband
b. Because I was having potatoes, I didn't eat any bread, which is quite an accomplishment for me - Bertucci's rolls are yummy (and about 150 calories each)!
c. One poor choice does not need to derail my life. I'm a bit wiser now and know one more thing I won't be ordering in the future:).
This just goes to show that sometimes what looks like a healthy or light option on a menu may not be that at all!