South Beach Recipes of the Week #15: Beef

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.

Photo by Ruth of Once Upon a Feast

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.

Photo by Lis of La Mia Cucina

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!

Photo by Haalo of Cook (almost) Anything At Least Once

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.
Photo by Gabriella from My Life as a Reluctant Housewife


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.

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11 comments on “South Beach Recipes of the Week #15: Beef”

  1. Kalyn, thanks for including my flank steak. And being a meat eater – thanks for giving me so many other options.

  2. Beautiful looking Steak!!YUMMY!!

  3. Yummy looking recipes Kalyn. Thanks for sharing. I just happen to have a flank steak in my freezer…

  4. Looks so good. I love beef, my fav is rib eye.

    South Beach must allow a lot of good stuff.

  5. Lovely round up! I’m quite fond of my meats, so it’s good to know that there are some quite healthy recipes out there that can be enjoyed!

  6. Ruth, thanks for the great recipe.

    Foodie’s hope, I know a lot of people are with you on that.

    Christine, you’re welcome. Hope you like it.

    Coffeepot, South Beach is really flexible. It’s the only diet I could ever stick with.

    Ellie, plenty of healthy meat recipes here.

  7. That flank steak looks pretty damn good!

  8. Kalyn, you are really inspiring me to eat fewer carbs. It’s just so hard to give up that French bread.

    Anyway, good stuff here!

  9. Kalyn, am a frequent visitor to your blog. Will link to yours if that’s okay!

  10. Wow, these are some fantastic looking lean beef dishes.. I had no idea flank and skirt steak was used so often, as it’s fairly new to me. Now I’ve got new recipes to try – I look forward! Thanks for featuring mine – and all the other delicious recipes 😀

  11. Bill, they do look great don’t they?

    Mimi, I only know that when you don’t eat white flour and sugar you stop craving it. (But I am NOT claiming that I never eat them, I’m just saying I know that when I don’t eat them I stop wanting them. the South Beach Diet book gives a good explanation of the chemistry behind it.)

    SRA, welcome and happy to have you link here.

    Lis, your recipe looks just awesome, thanks to you!

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