Ideal Protein Diet - What are your plans for an IP Easter Dinner?




3sisters
04-17-2014, 07:54 AM
I will be hosting my son and family for Easter Dinner. Luckily, they eat Paleo, so it should not be too difficult for me to work my IP needs in. Though I am "restarting" on IP (the last time I was on for such a short time, had to quit for unforeseen circumstances, and didn't phase off) I truly feel like a "Newbie" and need to learn the ropes all over again.

I'd love to hear what you are planning for Easter Dinner that will be a little celebratory and out of the ordinary, yet is within IP guidelines. I've been 100% and plan on staying there!


Chrztina
04-17-2014, 09:26 AM
I'm keeping Easter dinner simple - Ham & roasted cauliflower in two colors - purple & orange. My kids & husband will also get rice with pigeon peas.

schenectady
04-17-2014, 09:33 AM
At my husband's request we are eating out with friends - both families are recent empty nesters and old traditions passed on are hard sometimes.

I requested that we definitely NOT go to an Easter buffet as I am well aware I cannot handle that freedom. So we are doing Black Angus (I know, not Easter-y) because I can get food that is IP prepared properly. Not much of it, but since the guys like it and I can get what I need, I say OK.

Sad not to be with the kids...one too busy (do not get me going on that), one at college, one in the military deployed. They received Easter baskets CARE packages from me, though, so they know they are loved and missed.


SylviesGirl
04-17-2014, 09:36 AM
While I would love ham, I can never find one that hasn't been injected with some sort of sugar solution or glazed or some kinda thing and then the fat aspect is another issue. I will be making ham for the non-IPers, but for myself I will make a turkey breast. Asparagus will be my side. Can't say it is especially "celebratory," but it is OP and will be satisfying to me.

As for the "candy" aspect, I will probably cut up a restricted bar into little pieces and put it in a pretty little candy dish . . . and that will be my stash for when everyone else is digging into their baskets.

I may pick up some LaCroix sparkling water (I like the coconut or the pomegranate) for a special "drink." It doesn't have that additive (starts with an "M" . . . I learned this from Lisa), so it isn't addictive. I break one of those out on special occasions and put it in a pretty glass to feel festive.

Hope this helps ~

:egg:

sunflwr816
04-17-2014, 09:55 AM
My Mom hosts Easter dinner every year, and being Italian, we always have pasta and meatballs. This year she's also doing a second course of a roast beef, roasted potatoes, vegetable and a big salad. I'll just have to keep myself busy during first course and have my 8oz beef, 2c veg and a salad for dinner :)

I am VERY lucky that family and friends are supportive and accommodating to my weight loss efforts. My Mom still spoils me at (almost) 28 years old :)

trinny
04-17-2014, 10:04 AM
Ham, asparagus, and salad for me!

The rest of the family will have the above, plus mashed potatoes, stuffed shells and my awesome veggie casserole (loaded with butter and sour cream plus a breaded topping).

We're hosting 40+ people this year. Fortunately after cooking all that food, I don't really feel like eating it.

The hard part is after guests go home - that's usually when I feel like picking at the desserts. Why is it that I can easily stay firm in my resolve at the actual event but then two days later, the dried out brownies, stale cookies, and shriveled coconut cream pies call my name like a siren's song?

Pukka8
04-17-2014, 10:07 AM
We are HOSTING 2 Easter dinners this weekend (I might be clinically insane...) - one with family and one with out of town guests. I love to cook and entertain so I am happy to have everyone - the biggest trick will be getting the things (mostly dessert) out of the house so they don't tempt me later.

Dinner #1 will be deviled eggs for an appetizer, a turkey with stuffing, potatoes, asparagus wrapped in bacon, brussel sprout salad and IP 'gravy' with cheesecake for dessert.

Dinner #2 will be feta stuffed peppers, dolmades and olives for appetizers, lemony grilled pork tenderloin, grilled lamp chops, tzaziki, greek salad, lemon roasted potatoes and carrot cake.

I will likely have Sparkling Ice in a pretty glass while they have EtOH and will select my menu items to be IP compliant.

For my kids, I bough much less in the way of Easter candy and made sure to buy things that I don't like that much (this hasn't stopped me in the past but should be less of a temptation this year!

Happy Easter! :bunny:

SophieLT
04-17-2014, 10:16 AM
I am bringing a salad for everyone to share. Lettuce, mushrooms, bell peppers, cut up turkey breast, onions and my own dressing. I know we are having ham so I may have a small piece.

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 10:51 AM
Some ham, maybe some deviled eggs I think I can use the WF mayo and come pretty close. Then some sort of veggie I suppose. Nothing special. My trick will be avoiding the glass of wine or two, I've managed so far but that one seems to get harder rather than easier. My brother and his wife are hosting dinner so I will bring my own foods so I know they are IP. I have dinner there every Sunday so they are used to it.

pishposhappelsauce
04-17-2014, 10:57 AM
I'm making IP friendly deviled eggs and cucumber salad, so I'll at least be able to eat those. My family gets a honeybaked ham and makes scalloped potatoes, honey carrots...everything delicious that I can't have. I might bring my own ham, and try to make a pasta salad loaded with veggies with the IP rotini.

I have a very large family though...29 of us will be at easter dinner and they can sometimes be nosy. Not sure if I want to be explaining why I'm eating differently to everyone, but maybe they'll be too distracted by their plates to notice.

SophieLT
04-17-2014, 11:03 AM
I'm making IP friendly deviled eggs and cucumber salad, so I'll at least be able to eat those. My family gets a honeybaked ham and makes scalloped potatoes, honey carrots...everything delicious that I can't have. I might bring my own ham, and try to make a pasta salad loaded with veggies with the IP rotini.

I have a very large family though...29 of us will be at easter dinner and they can sometimes be nosy. Not sure if I want to be explaining why I'm eating differently to everyone, but maybe they'll be too distracted by their plates to notice.

Do you think the honeybaked ham is too high in fat or carbs?

pishposhappelsauce
04-17-2014, 11:10 AM
Do you think the honeybaked ham is too high in fat or carbs?

I actually have no idea. I was assuming since my family gets the honey glazed it's probably not good to have, and I'd rather have control of what I'm eating.

Don't let me deter you if you look into it and find out its ok. :)

Chrztina
04-17-2014, 11:11 AM
Do you think the honeybaked ham is too high in fat or carbs?

It's too high in sugar. Even if you don't eat the glaze, many pre-cooked hams are injected with sugar.

murphypuppy
04-17-2014, 12:53 PM
I'm just going to have a salad and some IP friendly ham. This is my first holiday on the diet and it's a big one. My niece (who loves with us) is being baptized and we are having the whole family and a large group of friends over for a party. Ham, salads, tons of desserts and tasty appetizers, wine. All of which sound delicious but none so delicious that it's worth derailing all my hard work!!! Happy Easter everyone and wishing you all willpower and a wonderful weekend!

SylviesGirl
04-17-2014, 01:11 PM
I'm just going to have a salad and some IP friendly ham. This is my first holiday on the diet and it's a big one. My niece (who loves with us) is being baptized and we are having the whole family and a large group of friends over for a party. Ham, salads, tons of desserts and tasty appetizers, wine. All of which sound delicious but none so delicious that it's worth derailing all my hard work!!! Happy Easter everyone and wishing you all willpower and a wonderful weekend!

Amen, sistah! PERFECT attitude, good job!! :carrot:

SophieLT
04-17-2014, 01:12 PM
I'm just going to have a salad and some IP friendly ham. This is my first holiday on the diet and it's a big one. My niece (who loves with us) is being baptized and we are having the whole family and a large group of friends over for a party. Ham, salads, tons of desserts and tasty appetizers, wine. All of which sound delicious but none so delicious that it's worth derailing all my hard work!!! Happy Easter everyone and wishing you all willpower and a wonderful weekend!

I like the part about not so delicious that it's worth derailing all your hard work. That is such a good mentality to have!!

CarbLover443
04-17-2014, 01:43 PM
I'm making a ham with a dijon mustard, orange (zest only) and grated ginger glaze. Fingers crossed!

I'm also bringing a big Cobb salad to my parents so I'll have that as well.

canadjineh
04-17-2014, 02:09 PM
Suggestion: Pork loin roasted studded with cloves, glazed with WF jelly if you like that sort of thing, slow roasted veggies (not root, lol), IP rotini salad - there's a recipe online somewhere. Crudites for appies. Do an IP mock apple crisp using zucchini and Maple Oatmeal packet for dessert - Chef Daniel Verati does this one up. Check out his Facebook page - he posts IP recipes all the time. He had a great Thanksgiving/Christmas one at the end of last year.

Liana :carrot:

pishposhappelsauce
04-17-2014, 04:13 PM
Yes, I just found the rhubarb crisp recipe if anyone wants something sweet.

http://www.lamberjules.com/recipes/ideal-protein-recipes/ideal-protein-rhubarb-crisp-recipe/

cooluu
04-17-2014, 04:14 PM
I've been stressing about Easter dinner. Thanks for some great ideas that I will be using!

kontesanera
04-17-2014, 04:59 PM
When I started IP, in my head I was like "on Easter I will have whatever I want." However, I really do not want to blow it, and having two events the week after where I have to dress up (I am planning to wear a Juicy Couture Mini dress on Saturday to a concert!), there is no way I am blowing it. With my coach I came up with a bit of a game plan. I can have the protein and veggies until full, but lay off all the forbidden foods and drink. That is exactly what I am planning to do. We have ham and eggs for breakfast before we go to church (that is our Croatian tradition) and we will be having a late lunch of bbq. I am so having that steak! Our parents are little miffed that we are not making roasted lamb, as it is also a Croatian tradition for Easter, but since I cannot eat lamb, it is not happening.

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 06:22 PM
We're having carefully trimmed lamb chops, asparagus, salad.
My coach allowed it when I was going to her (on a rare occasion) so I'm going with it

65X65
04-17-2014, 07:57 PM
We're having carefully trimmed lamb chops, asparagus, salad.
My coach allowed it when I was going to her (on a rare occasion) so I'm going with it


We are having the same dinner as you...LOL...But last year it was a pork loin with asparagus and salad...I must be channeling your menus. (We rarely eat ham...the holidays tend to be pork loins instead and or turkey at our house...but the lamb has always been special at Easter. And the chops we got are small...) How are you cooking yours? We hope to grill...if the sun comes out around here. We have another freeze warning tonight. It was 28 degrees locally this morning. :snow4:

64peppergirl
04-17-2014, 08:27 PM
My husband is doing 14 pounds of beef brisket on our new smoker/grill for our Easter. I am also baking a ham as a back-up plan. (First time using the new smoker).
The rest of the dinner for me is grilled asparagus and salad. The other stuff doesn't bother me since I love what I am getting so much.
They can have the potato salad, baked beans, garlic bread, pies, etc. and I'll be fine.
Hope everyone has a wonderful Easter celebration with family and the weather behaves. I have 350 Easter eggs to hide for the teenage grandkids.

lisa32989
04-17-2014, 09:47 PM
We are having the same dinner as you...LOL...But last year it was a pork loin with asparagus and salad...I must be channeling your menus. (We rarely eat ham...the holidays tend to be pork loins instead and or turkey at our house...but the lamb has always been special at Easter. And the chops we got are small...) How are you cooking yours? We hope to grill...if the sun comes out around here. We have another freeze warning tonight. It was 28 degrees locally this morning. :snow4:
Grilling! It's a tad warmer than that in STL (40s this am)

AmberLS
04-17-2014, 09:57 PM
Talked to my coach today and he said that a few extra Easter eggs won't hurt me as long as I don't have wine or sweets that I can have a P2 day lol. I guess it's a little leeway

Ruth Ann
04-17-2014, 10:16 PM
Sounds like everyone has good plans! I'll be traveling to a funeral Easter evening so we're skipping Easter dinner this year although dh said he may have a ham sandwich!

Mulse
04-18-2014, 09:50 AM
We're having friends over. They know about my plan so we've decided on steaks, grilled veggies, and cucumber salad.

They may bring a pie for the people not on plan and I'll save my restricted for dessert.

ChipnDip
04-18-2014, 11:33 AM
Just found a recipe for maple Dijon glazed pork loin. I'm hoping it will work with WF syrup??? I'll make potatoes for everyone one else but will do caulimash for me and probably asparagus.

I'm surprised that I don't feel at all tempted by the Easter treats that the kids will have. They will be theirs and I have never been one to raid their stash, even at Halloween.

Just saw a neat dessert where you mix the mango drink with the raspberry gelatin for a layered dessert. Might try that.

dcs0826
04-18-2014, 11:34 AM
I'll be having ham (no glaze), green beans, and salad. Question about the ham- since it's already cooked, should I have 6 oz or 8?

Staceyhay
04-18-2014, 12:35 PM
We are having ham, roasted broccoli, salad, and for the kids augratin potatoes. Maybe some deviled eggs.

CarbLover443
04-18-2014, 12:45 PM
Sounds like everyone has good plans! I'll be traveling to a funeral Easter evening so we're skipping Easter dinner this year although dh said he may have a ham sandwich!

Sorry for your loss Ruth Ann. Safe travels!!