Thanksgiving on the South Beach Diet: More Veggie Options

For much of November I’ve been talking about Thanksgiving options that are a bit more South Beach Diet friendly than some of the traditional Thanksgiving dinner foods. To see the recipes I’ve already posted, plus links to great Thanksgiving recipes I’ve seen on other blogs, check out my master list of Thanksgiving Recipes. Also, if you’re a South Beach fan be sure you don’t miss out on a chance to win the new South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook.

Today I’m sharing five more good vegetable options, one of which is the dish my family always requests that I bring for Thanksgiving dinner. (Unfortunately it may be the least South Beach friendly dish of the bunch!) All of these are from the recipe archives, and they’re all delicious options for Thanksgiving veggies.

Twice-Baked Cauliflower is a dish that’s reminiscent of the twice-baked potatoes from the sixties, and the first time I made this I just couldn’t stop eating it. This is one of the things I’m making to take to Thanksgiving dinner this year.
Roasted Broccoli with Garlic ends up to be so much more than the recipe sounds like it will be. Roasting concentrates the flavor of the broccoli, and the garlic is slightly sweet and delicious. Also, if you’re looking for healthy, this recipe is about as South Beach friendly as they get.

When I posted this recipe for Sauteed Asparagus with Gorgonzola and Pine Nuts I said it was one of the best tasting things I’d ever eaten in my life, so I guarantee you that this will wow any Thanksgiving guests. It’s also a good top-of-the-stove option if your oven is going to be in use right up until dinner.

Roasted Carrots with Mushrooms and Thyme is another one of those sum-is-greater-than-the-parts kind of dishes. I loved this combination and if you have carrot lovers in the family, this is a dressed up carrot dish that they’ll love.
Finally, the vegetable dish my family has been requesting for years for Thanksgiving dinner, Thanksgiving Broccoli with Cheese Sauce. It’s definitely got too much saturated fat due to cheese to be anything but a once-in-a-while treat for South Beach Dieters, but don’t turn up your nose at the recipe which has Campbells Cheddar Cheese Soup in it. Trust me, this is knock-your-socks-off delicious. It’s also a real kid-pleaser if you’re trying to entice the kids to eat more veggies.

There you have some excellent vegetable options for Thanksgiving, whether or not you’re a South Beach dieter. Still to come on the South Beach Friendly Thanksgiving menu: pumpkin cheesecake, and possibly the pumpkin pie from the South Beach Diet Parties and Holidays Cookbook if I can find the whole wheat phyllo dough in Salt Lake.

(Looking for Weekend Herb Blogging? Here’s my post this week, which has links to the host and an announcement about a special event for Weekend Herb Blogging during the holidays.)

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8 comments on “Thanksgiving on the South Beach Diet: More Veggie Options”

  1. You constantly floor me!! I read the first two and I think: I’ll do those. But by the end I want to do all five. With a veggie boy at the table these are heaven sent.

  2. As a non-American I am interested to see what people are cooking for Thanksgiving, so I shall watch your blog and find out!

  3. I love all of them too! And being a big fan of broccoli with cheese, I would certainly enjoy your family’s favorite. I would rationalize it was OK because it was only once a year….. :):)

  4. Kalyn, wonderful collections of vegies recipes. I would love to try all of them since they are so healthy for us!

  5. We just started South Beach and it’s going well. But I have a question no one seems to know the answer to. Why aren’t you allowed to have any alcohol (even if it is vodka, rum, rye or like with no carbs, fat, sugars) until phase three? Are they afraid that you are going to get drunk and then binge and eat endless amounts of candy and french bread, or is there a real medical reason for abstaining?

  6. Great broccoli recipes, I am always looking for new ones and tend to get stuck in a rut.

  7. Tanna, thanks. Hope your veggie boy will like them.

    Dianne, I’m also very interested in seeing what others eat for holiday celebrations in other places.

    Sher, the broccoli with cheese is awesome, even if it does have canned soup. I agree, once a year, no biggie.

    White_poplar, hope you get to try at least some.

    Anonymous, I’m not seeing anywhere in the South Beach book where it says you can’t have any alcohol until phase three. In the book it lists “alcohol of any kind” as foods to avoid for phase one. For phase two under “foods you can reintroduce to your diet” it says “wine, red or white.” This is on page 198. In the little South Beach guide it says “very limited” for “liquors, gin, rum, vodka, whiskey” but that does not mean you can never have it. (The food ratings are good, limited, very limited or avoid.) I think you can have wine regularly and other alcohol sometimes on phase 2 and perhaps a little more often on phase 3. (Be careful about mixing with juice or something with a lot of natural sugar.)

    b. Thanks.

  8. OK I may just have to do the asparagus with pine nuts and Gorgonzola! Wow!

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