Eating healthy at the Grill

GGfoodThe life of a vegetarian is still being lived.  I still feel great except a common cold.  My head has been exploding for the past week and I have had a good bit of congestion.  It’s nothing I haven’t had to deal with for the majority of my life.

As you can gather from the picture, I am sitting in a restaurant.  That restaurant would be Genghis Grill in Buford, GA.  Can I say….FABULOUS!  I know…fab?  It fits the occasion.  This place is truly remarkable.  The locations are pretty scattered around. There are more in the South than I had previously thought.  There are four locations in Georgia, one in Alabama, and 3 in Florida with others being in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Arizona.

The great thing about this chain is that you create your own dish.  I didn’t say plate, as you would at a buffet.  I said dish as in the picture above.  You are give a menu when you are seated (by one awesomely cute waiter here at the one in Buford) and given a somewhat small…depending on your size preference…bowl.  The menu lists different, pre-created dishes you can choose from and drinks you can order from the bar.  When you approach the dish making area, you can choose from one of the recipe cards that coordinate with the menu choices or you can go out on a limb and create your own mixture.

The mixing station is pretty simple.  You have your meats and seafood first.  Next to those, there is a “spice rack” where you can add many different tastes.  Next you have your fresh vegetables and tofu if you chose to go the vegetarian route and still have your protein.  You then come to a wide range of mixing sauces.  The tags above the containers tell you what sauces are good with combinations based on meats, seafood, or tofu and most actually go with everything.  Lastly, you reach the drop-off location where you set your tray down and the grill chefs ask you which starch you would like, picking from steamed rice, fried rice, brown rice, udon noodles, spiral pasta, or tortillas. You are give a number to take to your table. The cooks place your mixture on a large Mongolian grill.  If you’ve never seen one, it is a large, round, flat grill where food is stirred and separated by wooden sticks that are about 2-3 feet each.  Think of it as kind of a hibachi without the audience.  When the food is fully cooked, the mixture is placed into a larger red bowl (top) and brought to your table.  It’s as easy as that!

The prices aren’t bad at all to me, $10.99.  You can get vegetarian and it is a little less.  You can also pay $2.00 more and get another bowl if the first didn’t fill you up.

I like my mixture to include tofu, cayenne, black pepper, salt, garlic, bean sprouts, baby corn, broccoli, onions, carrots, pineapple, celery, potatoes, and green beans.  It makes for a very fulfilling meal.  I’ve been here a few times and should be getting close to a free bowl with my Khan’s Klub card.  Check it out when you get a free moment and you have time to eat!

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