South Beach Diet - What's For Dinner 6/30 - 7/6

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06-30-2008, 10:42 AM
Time to start the weekly dinner thread.
Tonight I'm having the eggplant casserole w/ a big green salad. I've been wanting to try it for a while, but I knew dh wouldn't go for it. But since he's out of town ON!!!!! :D

06-30-2008, 12:59 PM
Red beans and rice (brown basmati) and a big old salad..

06-30-2008, 01:08 PM
Whole-wheat cheese tortellini with spinach-basil pesto, handful of grape tomatoes on top. Green salad of some sort. Glass of syrah.

I haven't had pasta at all since changing the way I eat, so I'm kind of overly excited about this meal. (I really hope the pesto turns out tasty enough to please my husband.)

06-30-2008, 01:18 PM
A large green salad from my garden plus a lean pork chop done on the BBQ with a skewer of veggies. I adore veggies done on the Barbie!

06-30-2008, 01:20 PM
Chicken coconut curry with lots of peppers, onions, carrots, peapods, cauliflower and cilantro. I have some brown basmati cooking as we speak for a side. I can't wait!

I also need to steam some broccoli as we have a whole bunch in the crisper that is about to go bad.

06-30-2008, 01:22 PM
Hope I can get some ideas here for tonight, no plan, eek. It's just me and DH and DD2 though. I picked up some really nice lump crabmeat at the beach and could do some crabcakes, but we ate lots of crabs over the weekend, and DD isn't a big fan.
I've got eggs, zukes, and cheese, so maybe an omelet and salad.

WarMaiden, I used to cook tons of pasta, and now I just make it occasionally. It's funny how my family gets so excited when they see spaghetti and meatballs now, they don't care a bit that it's whole wheat.

06-30-2008, 01:58 PM
pork tenderloin, rice, broccoli and salad

06-30-2008, 02:00 PM
Probably Almond Crusted Chicken Parmesan with Spaghetti Squash Marinara. If hubs isn't in the mood for Italian, then we'll probably have meatloaf with broccoli and green beans. (We're still on Phase 1).

As a side note, when people ask what you're having, do you ever feel like those Lean Cuisine (?) commercials where the lady describes this delicious gourmet meal and people are shocked to find out she can eat that and lose weight? lol

06-30-2008, 02:37 PM
I'm trying the calabacitas recipe from Kalyn's Kitchen with a mix of green & yellow squash. Maybe some refried beans, taco mix & salsa on the side.

06-30-2008, 03:16 PM
meatloaf, yellow squash, mashed taters for the hubbie and either salad or cooked turnip greens.

06-30-2008, 07:51 PM
Supper tonight is artichoke (I've never had it before so we will see how this turns out) a salad and grilled elk chops. It's so hot out you almost don't need to turn on the grill, just throw the chops on and let the AZ heat do the rest.

I tried a recipe over the weekend out of a SB Cookbook I took out at the library. Cucumber's/radishes/red onion/feta cheese with a little olive oil/red wine vinegar S&P. It was not bad, good for a break from a standard salad.

06-30-2008, 08:06 PM
Veggie burger on a bed of sauteed spinach.

06-30-2008, 08:09 PM
Meatball casserole, brown rice, fresh green beans and spinach salad.

SF vanilla pudding for dessert :)

07-01-2008, 10:36 AM
Tonight we're having Grilled Salmon Steaks with Tangy Cucumber Sauce, Steamed Broccoli, & Green Salad.

Dessert will be what I had last night, but it was REALLY GOOD: Peaches & Blueberries w/ vanilla yogurt & a cookie (SBD friendly) crumbled on top. YUMMY!!!

07-01-2008, 10:58 AM
I won't be getting home until late, so Jake is fending for himself and I'll make myself a big salad with goat cheese, pistachios, apricots and sf dried cranberries when I get home.

07-01-2008, 11:14 AM
Gee, EVERYTHING sounds sooooo good! :)

I'm having a big chopped salad with peppers, tomatoes, turkey breast, arugala, red onion, cukes and some nice olive oil/balsamic/cumin spiced dressing.

07-01-2008, 12:33 PM
Today will be chopped up turkey cutlets in marinara sauce and pasta and a big old salad with tomatoes and squash from the may be tomato overkill, but we gotta eat em today!

07-01-2008, 01:28 PM
Tonight Iím preparing a salad with jicama, tomatoes and black beans (another new recipe so wish me luck).

Cottage Ė where do you find SF dried cranberries? Iíve looked at typical grocery stores in my area in the past with no success.


07-01-2008, 03:01 PM
Cottage – where do you find SF dried cranberries? I’ve looked at typical grocery stores in my area in the past with no success.


"Eden" brand carries a line of dried fruits sweetened with apple juice. I've found them in most grocery stores in my area, in the natural foods section. I have the managers of two Trader Joe's in my area scouring around to find a sugar free brand to start carrying, too.
I hope your salad recipe turns out as good as it sounds!

07-01-2008, 03:18 PM
Thx Cottage, I did a search on their website and it gave me a good list of stores in Tucson that carry their products.

07-01-2008, 04:37 PM
Last night we ended up having crabmeat omelets and sauteed zucchini with salad. It was sooo good.
I have no idea for tonight because I haven't been to the store since we got back. DH had to go out to pick up his meds and I told him since it was his last home-cooked meal for a few months to pick up whatever he wanted - he'll probably get steaks.

07-01-2008, 05:18 PM
Tonight will be chicken-coconut curry with carrots-broccoli-cauliflower, and cilantro on top. Green salad. 4 oz red wine.

It's very interesting to me that I generally don't eat grains at dinner anymore, even though I could. I guess South Beach has kind of changed my mind about grains being a must item.

07-01-2008, 07:20 PM
steamed komatsuna greens w/tahini lemon sauce & Lightlife Smart Stuffers

07-01-2008, 07:23 PM
sweet potato/black bean burritos on ww tortillas with a little cheddar, red onion, and cilantro.

They are my favorite lately. A recipe makes enough for two meals for all three of us. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. mmmmmm.

DH said he wanted a salad on the side, so I sent him to the store to get salad ingredients. He's pretty good at it, so I'm sure he'll get peppers, avocado, onions, tomatos, cukes and some sort of lettuce.

07-01-2008, 07:35 PM
Tonight's dinner is Fiesta chicken with blackeye peas and sauteed spinach. Dessert will probably be a fudgesicle.

07-01-2008, 07:40 PM
War Maiden - I agree completely in regards to grains for dinner. I'll usually have rice or pasta once a week for dinner to make dh happy, but I rarely "need" them anymore. Feels really good!

07-01-2008, 09:52 PM
After a bit of a struggle from lack of going to the store, I finally went to the store tonight. I had a whole wheat bagel with LF chive n onion cream cheese and a bowl of "taco" vegetable soup (minus meat.) I'd planned on having a salad as well but I'm quite satisfied now so I think I'll save that for tomorrow.

Boy oh boy do some of your dinners sound good. Wish I'd gotten grape tomatoes at the store!

07-01-2008, 09:55 PM
Chicken Burgers with Broccoli Rabe and MOzz broken up with some garlic peas onions garlic and zuch and WW Pasta

07-02-2008, 11:58 AM
Tonights dinner is meatball casserole, sauteed spinach w/ garlic & Paremesan cheese, green salad, & WW buns for DH.

07-02-2008, 12:04 PM
No clue. Probably pork loin roast and broccoli. I'm getting tired of salads and we need to get groceries lol

07-02-2008, 12:05 PM
Just me and DD2 tonight so... leftovers! Steak,sliced tomatoes, salad.

07-02-2008, 12:25 PM
Leftover steak, salad and probably strawberries with yogurt.

07-02-2008, 06:20 PM
Tonight I'm making Rachael Ray's "Black Bean Stoup." Here's the recipe:

Black Bean "Stoup"

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, 2 turns of the pan
1 sprig fresh bay leaves or 1 large dried bay leaf
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
3 ribs celery with greens, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
3 (15-ounce) cans black beans
2 tablespoons ground cumin
1 1/2 teaspoons coriander
Salt and pepper
2 to 3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons hot sauce, divided
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, diced tomatoes with peppers and onions or, stewed tomatoes

Heat a medium soup pot over medium-high heat. Add EVOO to hot pot then bay leaves, jalapeno, garlic, celery and onions. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, then add red peppers and continue to cook. Drain 2 cans of beans and add them. With remaining can, pour the juice and half the beans into the pot. Use a fork to mash up the beans remaining in the can. Stir the mashed beans into the pot and season with cumin, coriander, salt and pepper and 2 to 3 tablespoons hot sauce. Add stock and tomatoes to the stoup and bring to a bubble. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes over low heat.

07-02-2008, 06:36 PM
spaghetti with homemade marinara and lots of fresh summer squash.

I made some ww garlic gruyere bread this afternoon that is on its last rise right now, I'll pop that in the oven to bake while the sauce is simmering.

I think I might also try an asparagus and arugula salad with a shallot vin. from this month's Bon Appetit.

DS and I made homemade marshmallows this morning, so we might have one or two before we head out to nephew's little league game @ 7.

07-02-2008, 06:39 PM
Pea Soup for me tonight. I'm not sure which I like better, the soup or the fact that I don't have to cook when I get home. Yippee.

07-02-2008, 06:47 PM
I tried a new recipe tonight and wanted to post was sooooo good and so flavourful....if anyone likes thai curry's this is a must.....

Curry Meatballs

1 lb extra lean ground beef
2 tsp olive oil
salt and pepper

2 tsp olive oil
2-4 garlic cloves minced
1-2 tble red curry paste (not powder)
1 can lite coconut milk
2 tble natural peanut butter
2 tsp fish sauce

-make meatballs by adding the salt and pepper and shaping into balls
-sear meat in 2 tsp of oil and then transfer to oven to finish cooking

-for the sauce add 2 tsp oil and garlic for 1- 2 min (don't let it burn)
-add curry paste and stir around pan for a minute to release flavors
-add milk, peanut butter and fish sauce
-cook a minute till hot and thickened
-when meat is done add to sauce and serve
-leftovers can be frozen

07-02-2008, 06:51 PM
baked salmon & brussle sprouts!

07-02-2008, 06:58 PM
Mexican chicken salad - Basically a big green salad with some grilled chicken, cheese, and homemade yogurt/mayonnaise/salsa/tabasco dressing on it. Mine will have some avocado, too. Glass of red wine. Half a grapefruit.

07-02-2008, 06:59 PM
greeneyes - that sounds fantastic (is it like Thai Panang)? I think it might be going on next week's menu.

07-02-2008, 08:33 PM
I made the chicken w/ avocado and Swiss cheese melt. It was pretty good, although I will spice it up the next time and add some sliced tomatoes, too. I had it with roasted green beans.

07-02-2008, 08:53 PM
Since Julie is out for the evening I made mahi mahi on the grill (she eats no meat at all, I eat seafood) with lots of baby zucchini & yellow squash.

07-02-2008, 10:47 PM
For the first time in 2 months, I had pizza!!!

But I was goood....

got the Boboli whole wheat crust, and while the rest of the family had (turkey) pepperoni, mine had: spinach, garlic, basil, fresh tomatoes, grilled chicken, mushrooms, and onions (and of course, cheese!). Was going to put on red peppers too, but ate those separate :). Honestly, I piled it up too high! We cooked them on the grill to keep it cool inside, and my crust got a little crispy...but that's okay!

07-03-2008, 10:32 AM
hmcneil6, I don't know what Thai Panang is....but if it is as good as the curry meatballs then I will have to try it :)....

07-03-2008, 10:41 AM
Greeneyes - Beef Panang is a traditional Thai dish. Essentially it's beef w/ a coconut curry sauce. It's one of my standby's when I eat Thai. I'll let you know how your meatballs compare.

Tonight's dinner is Schezwan Pork w/ Soba Noodles. Something good and spicy.

07-03-2008, 10:57 AM
I had planned blue cheese burgers, but we have a ton of leftover spaghetti....but I have to use the ground beef today. I think I'll just make the burgers and then keep the spaghetti for lunches.

On the side, I'm going to use up some mashed sweet potatoes that we had leftover from earlier this week. Also, DH requested that I make my baked beans so I threw those in the crock pot this morning - I've never made them to just feed a couple people so at least they freeze easily. :)

07-03-2008, 04:11 PM
Mom scored me six lbs of good crabmeat on sale so definitely some crabcakes tonight. I am low on veggies so have to dig through the freezer and cans to find something to eat with.

07-03-2008, 04:42 PM
Schmoodle - 6 lbs means enough to share, right?!

The grilled baby squash was so fabulous last night I'm making it again tonight with Smart Sausages on the grill.

07-03-2008, 06:45 PM
DH has been slaving all day over a pot of his famous chili, so we're going to have chili cheese turkey dogs and salad.

07-03-2008, 07:25 PM
It's a Veggie Bean soup for me tonight. I'm trying another recipe from the SB Diet book I took out from the library. I assembled this morning (so I wouldn't whine and cry I was to tired when I got home tonight, I’m really bad about not feeling like cooking) and left a note for DH to put it in the crockpot when he got home and started getting it warmed through.

07-03-2008, 10:38 PM
A salad made of lettuce, spaghetti squash, and sauce (jar of spaghetti sauce, an onion, a jar of mushrooms, garlic scapes, a jar of white beans, garlic and parmigiana cheese). Turned it in a salad rather than just eating the squash and sauce as I have 7 heads of lettuce and needed a new salad. Very good and very, very filling.

07-04-2008, 06:21 AM
Last night we didn't have time to grill so tonight I'll fire it up - marinated zucchini & yellow squash and turnips (first time on the grill) with veggie burgers on the side

07-05-2008, 11:46 PM
Tonight we're having Taco Salad with all the legal goodies, black beans and almond ricotta creme for dessert. :hun:

07-06-2008, 07:12 AM
Yesterday we went to Trader Joe's so last night was pizza on whole wheat dough. Mine included lf mozzarella, ff tomato basil feta, roasted red peppers, & zucchini. We also had beet greens and the coconut milk ice cream for dessert.

Tonight I'm making a vegetarian version of Cat's red beans & rice. I will pick up greens of some kind to have with it.

07-06-2008, 08:15 AM
Mmmm - I'd forgotten about pizza. I may make one later this week if I can find ww pita.

Tonight's supper will be BBQ pork chop and grilled veggies. I have no zucchini this year (didn't plant my seeds!) and it just killed me to pay $1.09 for one Friday! I'll grill it with peppers, onions and mushrooms when I do the chop.

07-06-2008, 11:27 AM
Cyndi, I would be happy to share! I actually already had 3 lbs. in the freezer so I've got plenty to make crabcakes for all the chicks.

Yesterday at the farmer's market I found the cutest little eight-ball zucchinnis, so I made a taco bake last night and made extra filling to stuff the zukes (ground turkey, Rotels, brown rice, beans, cheese). I've got plenty of dinners for me for the week now, although I may be overdosing on Mexican food by Friday.

07-06-2008, 01:30 PM
I'm having lean pork chops marinated in wine and Italian dressing, then grilled with grilled zucchini & peppers.

07-06-2008, 05:31 PM
I am going to try the taco bake tonight!

07-06-2008, 11:01 PM
Tonight we're having:

~Oven Baked Barbecue Chicken
~Broccoli with Cheese
~Tossed Salad

For dessert we're having leftover Almond Ricotta Creme.

07-07-2008, 10:32 AM
Taco Bake! Burrito style for DH and DS. Even though I can have ww tortillas...I prefer it plain.

As for sides, we're having leftover roasted peppers from last night and green beans with shallots and garlic.

Dessert will be "margarita" popsicles.

Belle Mer
07-07-2008, 05:06 PM
Turkey burger with a teaspoon of light Alouette cheese and dijon mustard.

Steamed Artichoke with lemon and splash of olive oil

Tossed Salad.

07-07-2008, 11:18 PM
I read this receipe in a book a I received as a gift. It sounded pretty good..but tossed it to the side for the time being. Let me know how it comes out!