Saturday, July 15, 2006

South Beach Recipes of the Week #3

Since I've been eating the lower glycemic way I've often had people say, "But what do you eat?" Because most people don't know much about the glycemic index, which is what the South Beach Diet is based on, I've decided once a week I'll spotlight South Beach friendly recipes I see on other food blogs. I know only some of my blog readers are South Beach fans, and rest assured, my goal is not to convert anyone to the South Beach diet. I'm pro-choice when it comes to eating! However, I'd be willing to bet plenty of non-South Beach eaters will think these recipes look good too.

Photo by Fiber of 28 Cooks

I think 28 Cooks is just a wonderful blog; in fact I'm always finding recipes here that I'd like to try. Recently when I saw this recipe for Smoky Mozarella Eggplant Rolls, I knew they were something that would be a real treat, and everything in them is South Beach Diet friendly too.

Photo by Alanna of A Veggie Venture

Good recipes travel around on the food blogs like wildfire sometimes, and this next recipe apparently started out on Matt Bites, but I first spotted it on the blog of my good friend Alanna from A Veggie Venture. Since jicama is so low on the glycemic index, Jicama Slaw is the perfect side dish for South Beach Dieters.

Photo by ChicaJo of 80 Breakfasts

The next recipe for Broccoli and Gorgonzola Penne from a great blog called 80 Breakfasts is something that could easily be made South Beach Diet approved with a few minor changes. First, I'd use lower carb Dreamfield's Penne for the pasta. Second, I would replace the cream with half and half to lower the saturated fat. Third, I might use a bit more broccoli in proportion to pasta to reduce the carbs even more. Even with all those changes, I still think this would be wonderful tasting.

Photo by Sarah of Cucina Bella

This recipe for Blue Tomato Salad with Basil Vinaigrette definitely looks like something I would make. Sarah of Cucina Bella makes her basil vinaigrette a little differently than I do, but I love the sound of her version as much as I do my own. If you're rigorously following the South Beach Diet they don't allow bacon, but I eat it once in a while, and this has only two pieces. I use the pre-cooked bacon from Costco, and then brown it even more to get out as much fat as I can.

Those are some of the best South Beach friendly recipes I spotted this week.
You can find an archives of all the South Beach Recipes of the Week in my recipe box.

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  1. This is such a great idea. I read 28 Cooks and saw the eggplant rolls, and 80 Breakfasts: wanted to try both those. Very happy to see the Jicama Slaw, really love jicama.

  2. Hi! Wow! I am so flattered and very pleasantly surprised that you picked my dish! :) Thank you! I am notorious in my family for my, um, unhealthy eating habits so this is really something for me...I have already emailed my mom!!! :)

  3. Thanks for the recipies! I think it is a great idea to post South Beach once a week. I like the Penn Pasta dish, I have found a very tasty low carb pasta that will work well here.

  4. Wow everything looks so delicious. and now I'll have to bookmark 28 cooks too.

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. If you can eat all this really tasty while being healthy food on the Southbeach diet ... maybe I should take a look at it!

  6. Wonderful recipes and great new blogs to bookmark. Thanks so much Kalyn. I really appreciate your doing these weekly posts - they're tremendously helpful to me as a low carb eater.

  7. Tanna, I agree Jicama is great, and it has a glycemic rating of "none" since it's so low on the GI, so I love that.

    Joey, I'm glad you were happy about it, loved the idea of the pasta dish.

    PBPoet, I am so glad people like the idea. It's fun looking for them.

    Ruth, 28 Cooks is a great blog!

    Diane, seriously I'm not trying to convert people to South Beach, but if you want to lose weight it's an easy way to do it.

    Christine, so glad you like the recipes.

  8. Thanks so much, Kalyn, for linking to my blog. I love the idea of posting the low-carb recipes and ideas!

  9. My husband and I are nearing the end of Phase I, and picked up a jicama out of sheer boredom, with no idea if we could even eat it yet! I KNEW you'd have some recipes :) It must be our new low sugar tastebuds, but sliced jicama tastes so much like an apple to me that I had to doublecheck that we were really allowed to eat it. Thanks for all of the great recipes - we are turning to you almost daily and are inspired by your success! :)


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