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Have a happy, healthy holiday

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November 5, 2017

Story By: Stephanie Kim | Photos by: STEPHANIE KIM

Pumpkin and Sage Stuffed Chicken (fall special)

At GRYLT, healthy, simple and flavorful eating is a top priority. And with the holiday season rolling in, the eatery is offering some healthier options for you to indulge in.

Corporate chef Jose Arias shares that GRYLT is embracing autumn by showcasing different fall flavors in specialty items.

“(There will be) a lot of soups, root veggie soups — beets, squash, pumpkins — all different kinds,” he says.

Some of GRYLT Kahala’s fall specials

There’s Butternut Squash Soup, which is seasoned with fried sage, honey, salt and pepper, and a bit of thyme.

“We make all our soups from scratch,” Arias says. Everything is pureed in-house and in small batches, so “as soon as it’s out, it’s gone,” he explains.

What’s more, something you may find at the Kahala location will differ from the other two locations on the island, according to the chef. Arias shares that managers are encouraged to be creative and make something that their clientele will enjoy.

“Specials change depending on what’s available, what we’re inspired by that week or day, (and) every store will be a little bit different,” Arias says.

At the Kahala store, one may find Pumpkin and Sage Stuffed Chicken, which features pan-roasted chicken finished in the oven — a healthy, stuffed selection that requires no added oils. The dish also highlights a great way to incorporate vegetables into a protein, Arias explains.

There’s also Roasted Beet Quinoa with caramelized onions, basil and a red wine-beet vinaigrette. This starch option also is vegetarianand vegan-friendly.

To top it all off, enjoy a healthier dessert option of sweet potatoes topped with toasted marshmallows and walnuts, which receives an extra bit of sweetness from honey. “It’s indulging responsibly,” Arias chuckles, in reference to the dessert.

Holiday specials will be available during November and December at all GRYLT locations.

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