Hooray, it's Sunday, and on Sundays I like to spotlight low glycemic index recipes I find on other food blogs. If you don't know what I mean by the glycemic index, it's what the South Beach Diet is based on. This week I'm going to share some great recipes for beef.
I don't actually eat a lot of beef, but when it's a fairly lean cut, beef is a great choice for the South Beach Diet. When I consulted my handy South Beach Diet Good Fats, Good Carbs Guide to be sure, I found that only the very fattiest cuts of beef are rated "avoid" and most beef is rated "good" or "limited." I recommend this little inexpensive book if you're doing South Beach and want a handy reference about what to eat.
I've had this recipe for Flank Steak with Vinaigrette Marinade saved for months before I tried it, and it's perfect for the South Beach Diet, not surprisingly, since Ruth of Once Upon a Feast is also a South Beacher. If you're doing phase one I might recommend replacing the honey with Splenda, but when you're using honey in a marinade like this, very little of the honey is actually eaten, so it's not crucial.
It's flank steak again for this recipe which Lis of La Mia Cucina calls Another Spin on Stuffed Flank Steak. Flank steak is stuffed with roasted red pepper, spinach and garlic, and then braised in tomato sauce, and everything here is completely South Beach Diet approved!
Another lean cut of meat is skirt steak (also called hanger steak) which Haalo from Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once uses in this Sichuan Pepper Steak that I thought looked fantastic. You could make this with a thin flank steak if you can't find the skirt or hanger steak.
This last beef recipe uses rib eye steak, which the South Beach Guide rates as "limited." There's also a bit of butter in the recipe for Steak with Smoked Paprika by Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife, but I'm guessing the smoked paprika tastes fantastic on the steak and I'd enjoy this for a special occasion or once-in-a-while treat.