We decided to go to Panera Bread in attempts to 'eat lite'. I did pretty well. I think the fact that my stomach was in jitter mode because of the open house going on at home helped me control my appetite. Unfortunately, this was only a temporary appetite suppressant, considering we won't be doing that much in the near future. More on that later.
I enjoyed a cup of the Black Bean soup and a half Orchard Harvest salad. Mmmmmm
First of all, their black bean soup is fabulous. The red pepper and onion give it a great flavor without being overwhelming. The black beans are mild and have a great texture. If it were me, I would add jalapeno. Here's a link if you're interested in making a version of it at home.
Best of all, there's about 319 calories in a serving (in this version), only 14 of those from fat. (Panera claims that there is only 250 calories in there version.)
I also had the Orchard Harvest half salad. 210 calories of deliciousness. Romaine lettuce, dried cherries, pears, pecans and Gorgonzola with a cherry balsamic vinaigrette. OK, I'm a little hungry now thinking about it. If you have a Panera near you, you really should try it.
Good Job Panera... you saved me from a dreaded day of 'eating right'.