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The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook 200 Easy Solutions for Everyday Meals

Posted Jul 11 2010 7:43am

The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook 200 Easy Solutions for Everyday Meals

Book Description
Now fast food is superhealthy, thanks to hundreds of brand new quick-and-easy recipes from the test kitchens of the South Beach Diet.

From meal planning and shopping to prepping, cooking, and serving, you’ll save hours of time with this speedy cookbook that makes leading the South Beach Diet lifestyle easier and more convenient than ever.

With 200 family-pleasing recipes and 60 taste-tempting color photographs, you’ll be able to serve up a fast, delicious, diet-conscious meal every night of the week.

The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook includes• Grab-and-Go recipes for healthy eating on the go
• Cook Once, Eat Twice dishes that maximize your time in the kitchen
• Recipes for Two that minimize waste and leftovers
• Nearly instant recipes that are ready in 15 minutes or less
• Tips for Super-Quick, Budget-Conscious Shopping
• Ideas for getting the most out of your pantry and freezer

From The South Beach Diet Super Quick Cookbook: Inside-Out Cheeseburgers

These unique cheese-stuffed burgers feature flaxmeal, which is high in cholesterol lowering soluble fiber and heart-healthy alpha-linolenic acid (ALA). If you can only find whole flaxseed at the market, simply grind it into meal in a spice grinder or small coffee grinder. If you’re skipping the bun, just sprinkle a little balsamic on top of the tomato.

Hands-on time: 10 minutes, Total Time: 20 minutes

1 1/4 lbs lean ground turkey
1/2 cup flaxmeal (2 ounces)
1/2 small red bell pepper, finely diced
2 scallions, thinly sliced
6 tbsp reduced-fat soft goat cheese,
preferably one flavored with herbs or garlic
3/4 tsp salt
4 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
4 very thin whole-wheat sandwich rolls (1.5 ounces each) split
or 8 slices multigrain bread (optional)
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
4 thick slices tomato
Bibb lettuce (optional)

In a large bowl, combine the turkey, flaxmeal, bell pepper, scallions, 2 tablespoons of the goat cheese, and 1/2 teaspoon of the salt. Using your hands, blend well and form into 4 balls. Poke a hole into the center of each ball and stuff each with 1 tablespoon of the remaining goat cheese. Pinch the turkey mixture to seal in the cheese and gently form into 4 patties. Make them as flat as you can (to speed the cooking), taking care not to squeeze the cheese out.

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sprinkle the pan with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. Reduce the heat to medium, add the patties, and cook until browned on 1 side, about 3 minutes. Turn the patties over and cook for 2 minutes longer. Add 1/4 cup water to the pan, reduce the heat to a high simmer, and cover. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until the burgers are cooked all the way through.

Meanwhile, lightly toast the sandwich rolls, if using.

To serve, brush 1 side of each of 4 roll halves with the balsamic vinegar. Top with a burger, a tomato slice, lettuce (if using), and the other roll half.

(Makes 4 Servings)

5 Stars Worth its weight in Gold !
Ok, I admit it I am on a diet. And yes, it is even The South Beach Diet. I have lost 75 Lbs in the first year and I`ve been on it over 2 years! But even if I was not on South Beach I’d recommend this new cookbook because I am a busy gal. I always have been. Presently, I have 2 jobs working over 12 hrs a day. So, while I love to cook, I don’t want to spend the balance of my free time in the kitchen. Quick, Easy and Yummy have great appeal to me.

While I have over 300 cookbooks in my collection, the ones that help me maintain my health are the ones I now treasure. This new addition will rank with the best because it also respects the limited time I have to cook a healthy menu.

The new South Beach Super Quick Cookbook is a wealth of information and tips. There is Grab and Go, Budget Shopping Tips; Reworking of Old favorites and Cook Once, Eat Twice. Each topic enhances the concept of saving time. In addition, all the recipes can be made within 30 minutes.

When I saw the recipe for Black Bean Brownies (page 245) I reflected on how I had learned about this technique from another member years ago. I thought at the time: “How gross”. But later I learned that once you puree any bean, it is very similar to an egg flour mixture. In this cookbook I was also was thrilled to find an acceptable Hash Brown substitution with Jicama Hash Browns (page 223 ) I have used Jicama in salads but never thought of using it this way. Brilliant !

Dieting for me is not about “doing without”. It is about “doing with” flavors and healthful choices. A big bonus from this cookbook is the time it gives me to enjoy the benefits. The Super Quick Cookbook allows me to do it all!

Whether on a diet or not, those who care about eating healthier will enjoy this new addition to the South Beach Cookbook library. It is family friendly, single friendly and right on target for all of our busy schedules.

So, I don’t know what you are doing tonight, but I am making Black Bean Brownies and taking them to work. I can hardly wait to tell them they just ate beans, they’ll never believe it !

5 Stars Quick and creative dishes for the health-conscious
Perfect for dieters who have limited time in the kitchen, this cookbook will appeal to those who want healthy, yummy food — fast. Each of the 200 recipes can be prepared in 30 minutes or less. Each dish adheres to the South Beach Diet, which focuses on “nutrient-dense, fiber-rich vegetables, fruits and whole grains, good unsaturated and omega-3-rich fats, lean protein and low-fat dairy.”

Before the recipes begin, the opening chapter reviews what the South Beach Diet phases are, gives budget-conscious shopping tips, lists staples and equipment to have on hand and describes some grab-and-go dishes contained in the cookbook.

Each recipe includes: How many servings it makes, hands-on time and total time; nutrition information lists calories and amounts of fat, saturated fat, protein, carbohydrate, fiber and sodium in each serving. Many recipes have variations so cooks can change the ingredients to make the dish compatible with Phase 2 or 3 eating.

Easy-to-spot cooking tips are sprinkled throughout, as well as instructions on how to “Cook Once, Eat Twice” so cooks can take leftovers from a dish and transform it into another dish.

After recipe chapters come two full weeks worth of meal plans for South Beach dieters on both Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the diet. Included are instructions on how to eat to satisfy each phase.

I’ve only tried a few of the recipes, but they have been delicious: Strawberry Fool, which uses plain Greek yogurt; Lemon Quinoa Salad, with my favorite healthy grain; and Black Bean Brownies, which uses just what you think.

Unfortunately, only every third (or so) recipe has a photo. Cookbooks are so much more helpful with images of finished dishes. The photos that are included are in color and beautiful. For an extremely helpful cookbook with photos of each dish, see Cook This, Not That!: Kitchen Survival Guide.

All in all, this is a worthy addition to any cookbook collection.

Other good health-conscious cookbooks include
Deceptively Delicious: Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Foods,

Hungry Girl: Recipes and Survival Strategies for Guilt-Free Eating in the Real World,

The Food You Crave: Luscious Recipes for a Healthy Life and

The Most Decadent Diet Ever!: The cookbook that reveals the secrets to cooking your favorites in a healthier way.

Here’s the chapter list:

Introduction: Cook Quickly, Eat Slowly

1. Quick, Delicious and Nutritious Eating on the South Beach Diet

2. Breakfasts

3. Starters, Snacks and Drinks

4. Soups and Sandwiches

5. Main-Dish Salads

6. Fish and Shellfish

7. Poultry

8. Meats

9. Meatless Mains

10. Side Dishes, Side Salads and Sauces

11. Desserts

12. Make-Ahead Dishes

How to eat on Phase 1

Phase 1 meal plans

How to eat on Phase 2

Phase 2 meal plans

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