South Beach…

It’s too damned cold! Wish we were in someplace warm. Like Hawaii. Or even Florida. So I started the South Beach Diet on Sunday. (Okay, that was a stretch.)

Why oh why am I doing a diet? Because I got totally strung out on Hershey’s miniatures and kisses during the holidays, and I need to detox — Cold Turkey! (Isn’t that an alcoholic beverage? Oops. Can’t have those on the South Beach diet. Oh, it’s Wild Turkey? Never mind.)

There are 3 phases. The 1st phase lasts 2 weeks, during which you can’t have any starchy foods. Which really means no grains (bread, pasta, rice, etc.) or root vegetables (potatoes, carrots, pumpkin, turnips, etc.) You can have meat and dairy, but only lean and reduced fat versions. That makes finding recipes difficult, since most are either low carb or low fat but not both. Fortunately, the South Beach web site has all kinds of recipes, some of which are pretty good.

All week I’ve had mini spinach quiche cups for breakfast and no-pasta lasagne for lunch. The lasagne uses strips of eggplant instead of pasta and is quite tasty! So tasty, in fact, that I have added it to the Dining Room, which hasn’t had an update in months.