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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!
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  • SHARON10002
    I'm with Celia on this one . . . usually I hedge on the lower side throughout the day so I can enjoy my meal. Used to go to Bertucci's but haven't been in quite a while.
    I do a cod piccatta that I really like, and it's super simple and delish. Lightly dredge cod in Wondra flour, salt and papper. P;ace 2 tablespoons of EVOO in a skillet, and heat until rippling over med-high heat. Place fish in skin side down in pan.. Cook over medium high heat for about 3-4 minutes until golden brown. Turn fish over, and cook another 2-3 minutes or until fish flakes easily and is opaque. Remove fish to platter to keep warm. Add 2 T butter and finely minced shallots to a small saucepan, 2 T lemon juice, 1/4 cup white wine, and 2 T capers. Pour over fish and serve.
    2194 days ago
    Sounds like you had a nice dinner. Glad you enjoyed
    2198 days ago
    Well, the dish sure sounded good when you first talked about it. One off choice certainly won't derail you. Keep up the good work!
    2198 days ago
    It is so nice when we learn that just because we ate over calorie one day that it is ok. We just get back on the plan the next day. It isn't the end of the world.
    2199 days ago
    Good on ya for checking the nutritional info. Too often I just don't want to know, so I stop tracking for the day and go back to it the next day.
    2199 days ago
  • -THINQ-
    Good for you, not letting it derail your enjoyment of the experience with your hubby!

    i Do! wish that dishes pictured on menus would actually look the same when they arrive; i think that the pic you describe seemed like a much healthier version! Glad you enjoyed it some tho, and Very! proud of you for taking a healthier view of just one meal, one time! emoticon
    2199 days ago
  • EWL978
    That's when I kick myself for not asking more questions...not that the answer would have been enough for me to understand how it was prepared.

    Sorry it didn't work out as you like, but it was a nice night out and, as you said, you won't be ordering that again, so at least you weren't left feeling badly that you didn't order it tonight!!

    I would have loved to have a bowl of whipped cream instead of getting all those extra calories in something that didn't catch my fancy...what do you think??
    2199 days ago
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