Saturday, July 22, 2006

South Beach Recipes of the Week #4 (and Six Days to Blogher Conference!)

Since I've been eating the lower glycemic way I've often had people say, "But what do you eat?" It seems a lot of people don't know much about the glycemic index, which is what the South Beach Diet is based on, so 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 Aria of Passionate Nonchalance

Recently I discovered a new-to-me food blog called Passionate Nonchalance, which is posting some pretty delicious looking food. Aria calls this recipe for Halibut and Zucchini Skewers, "lazy cooking at it's finest." I call it a pretty delicious meal for anyone, whether you're on the South Beach Diet or not.

Photo by Meena of Hooked on Heat

This recipe for spicy fried eggplant or Baingan Fry comes from Meena of Hooked on Heat. Eggplant is a great South Beach Diet friendly food, and this way of preparing it sounds delicious to me. If you're going to eat your eggplant with rice, as Meena suggests, Uncle Ben's Converted Rice is the lowest glycemic index white rice, but even traditional Indian Basmatic rice is actually rated medium on the glycemic index.

Photo by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast

It's not surprising that I'd find a good recipe at Once Upon a Feast, since Ruth is also a committed South Beach Dieter. What made me choose this recipe to share was Ruth's comment about her new experience of trying multi-grain spagetti, with 9 grams of fiber per serving. Ruth called this recipe Finally Pasta with Tomatoes and Olives because since they've been on the South Beach Diet she can finally get her husband to eat tomatoes.

Photo by Elise of Simply Recipes

Eggs are a South Beach Diet staple, and on one of my very favorite cooking blogs, Simply Recipes, Elise's dad was whipping up an Asparagus Frittata that sounded wonderful. Sauteeing the onions in olive oil made this recipe even more South Beach friendly, and I loved the use of Gruyere in this, a cheese that tastes wonderful melted.

Those are just some of the yummy but 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.

It's not too late to participate in Weekend Herb Blogging for this week. Last week we established some new Rules for Weekend Herb Blogging, and people have been very supportive of the rules. This weekend, WHB will be hosted by the fabulous Paz from The Cooking Adventures of Chef Paz. Send her your entry by mid-afternoon on Sunday (New York Time) to pazcooks AT yahoo DOT com. Then check back on Monday to see what kind of delightful things bloggers around the world have been cooking using herbs, plants, veggies and flowers.

Counting down, now it's only six more days until more than 400 women bloggers will be attending the Blogher conference in San Jose, California. Don't know what Blogher is? Well it's a conference, didn't I just say that? But it's also a website where Alanna of A Veggie Venture, Sam of Becks and Posh, Elise of Simply Recipes, and myself write short pieces in the Food and Drink section to guide you to the great things we're seeing on food blogs. What? You haven't been reading our pieces on Blogher? You're just finding out about it now? Well, not to worry. Starting tomorrow, and going until the Blogher conference begins on July 28, every post on this blog is going to end with links to some of the great food and drink posts on Blogher over the last seven months. And if you're wondering why there's a Blogher and not a Bloghim, and whether men can participate in Blogher, let me steer you to a comment left on Food Blog S'Cool by one of the Blogher founders, Lisa Stone, in a response to a male food blogger who asked that very question. Lisa's answer is in the comments, so read down a ways, and I think you'll find it interesting.
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  1. Hi Kalyn, great post (and blog)! and i'm glad you liked the skewers :) lots of great stuff thats ok for the sb diet, me and my hubby did it a couple yrs ago and didnt hate it at all. oooh, have fun at blogher!!

  2. Hi Kalyn, thanks for including my recipes. It is amazing how, when we entertain, no one knows they're participating in our diet. Hooray for South Beach.

    Have fun at blogher, I look forward to reading all about it here.

    As always, thanks for sharing so much good stuff.

  3. Kalyn, i forgot to mention, don't forget to take photos! Please? :) I would really like to see you, Sam, Pim and other foodbloggers unite in one photograph. That would be so cool!

    But of course, i'm sure it can get so hectic in that conference that an opportunity may not arise.

  4. Aria, Ruth, and Mae, I will do my best to take photos and give a full report on Blogher. I haven't decided whether to take my big camera, but even if I take the small one, I can get plenty of pictures. I don't know how many food bloggers are going, so far I only know of me, Elise, Pim, Nic of Bakingsheet, and Strata of My Bay Area Kitchen. I'm sure there are more, but I haven't seen the list.


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