When dining with a group of friends or family, you don’t always get to choose the restaurant, so creative menu selection is key.

Being mostly vegan, I prefer to eat plant-based meals when going out, and in the beginning, it wasn't easy.

With experience, I learned how to order a healthy meal even at a steakhouse and in today’s blog, I’ll share my top “green goddess-approved” meals that you can find around Boca.

Use these guidelines to create your own healthy meal at any other steakhouse around the country. You’ll be surprised how easy it can be to eat at the meat-eaters paradise!

NEW YORK PRIME and MORTON’S

When eating here, I would begin with either the New York Prime's Chopped Italian Salad without anchovies and blue cheese or Morton’s chopped salad without the cheese or bacon.

For the entrée, you can create your own main course of steamed garlic spinach, asparagus (sans the hollandaise) and a plain baked potato, drizzled with olive oil and a little bit of salt.

The salad will provide you with a plethora of vitamins and enzymes to boost your energy and immune system. Spinach will love your body with a good doze of iron and protein, and asparagus will help detoxify your system. The baked potato will keep you full because it’s high in starch and fiber.

New York Prime: 2350 NW Executive Center Dr, Boca Raton, ‎561/998-3881

Morton’s: 5050 Town Center Circle, Boca Raton, 561/392-7724

ABE AND LOUIE’S

Here I would recommend the Abe & Louie’s Salad, which features bibb lettuce, apples and pistachio nuts. Ditch the cheese and get the dressing on the side.

This is one of the most interesting salads I have seen at steakhouse and it’s pretty nutritious considering lettuce is high in blood-purifying chlorophyll, apples are rich in fat-reducing pectin and pistachios are known to be the highest-protein and lowest-calorie nut.

For the entrée, I would go with a cauliflower steak, jumbo baked sweet potato (without the brown sugar) and Brussels sprouts. Cauliflower is a great low-calorie vegetable that is high in fiber and low in starch. Sweet potatoes are rich in bloat-reducing potassium and Brussels sprouts are a part of the cruciferous family of vegetables that help detoxify your liver.

2200 W Glades Road, Boca Raton, 561/447-0024

PRIME in DELRAY

Prime happens to have one of my favorite vegetarian menus. Here I like to begin with the roasted beets salad (without the feta) that comes with golden frisse lettuce, micro-basil and toasted walnuts for extra omega three and protein.

For my main course I would recommend a plate of wild steak house mushrooms, baby broccoli rabe and an order of roasted sage fingerlings.

While mushrooms are full of protein and low in calories, they have a great meaty texture. Baby broccoli rabe is rich in blood-purifying chlorophyll and fingerlings are rich in fiber, especially when eaten with the skin. The fingerlings also balance off the meal since they’re the only high-calorie part of the dinner.

Another alternative here is a vegetarian sushi roll – a great entree for those who are in the mood for a lighter fare.

110 E Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach, 561/865-5845

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About Alina Z.

Alina Z., aka “The Green Goddess,” is a certified holistic health coach, detox specialist and raw-food chef (she conducts occasional classes at Whole Foods in Boca). Prior to moving to Florida,  Alina hosted her own TV show in Maryland—“Entertaining A to Z”—for people who didn’t have time to cook but wanted to eat healthy. Catch one of her web episodes at eHow.com, visit Alina’s website at alinazhealthcoach.com, or follow her on Facebook (facebook.com/CoutureFood) or Twitter (@CoutureFood). The Green Goddess blog runs every other Wednesday at bocamag.com.