I won’t beat a dead horse, you all know we’re doing the South Beach Diet these days. Yes, I have the book, with lots of recipes in it, but let me just say that after working my full-time job, and then coming home to work on my photography business and work on the blog, the last thing I’ve felt like doing is cooking three meals.
Yep, I’d come home and cook dinner; then go ahead and cook the next day’s breakfast and lunch.
I think why it seemed SO overwhelming to me was that it literally added 1 to 2 hours to my home-life routine…and when you’re already only getting about 6 hours of sleep (hey, I’m not complaining, I do pretty good on 6 hours, I’m just sayin’, you don’t have a lot left to pull from!) it kinds throws you for a loop. Or it did me, we’ll put it that way!
So, allow me to share with you a typical day in our home on Phase One of South Beach, developed by me! Simple, nourishing, and not-too-long-to-prepare meals.
This is simply scrambled eggs (with salt and pepper) and turkey bacon (which is surprisingly tasty!) I can even do this several days in advance, because both me and my husband take our breakfast to work and warm it up and eat it there. So I put it right into the Tupperware containers. I’ve found if I fry the bacon first, and then add the eggs in to the bacon grease, it give the eggs even more flavor!
I call these Lettuce Wraps. Romaine lettuce, a tiny squirt of sugar-free mayonnaise, and low fat ham and turkey slices. These turned into my hubby’s favorite. Easy and VERY tasty!
While we eat various types of meat, chicken is always a favorite at our house. All I did with this chicken breast was spray some olive oil in a frying pan, followed by a sprinkling of Italian Seasoning, then I added the chicken and cooked it through. The green beans are from the frozen food section (have you seen all the “steamer” veggies in the freezer section? Lifesavers!) and have a couple squirts of “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter” and a sprinkle of garlic salt. YUMMY.
Over the first two weeks I did a LOT of cooking, but these three things items are quick and easy, and definitely won’t overwhelm you if you’re trying to balance life and still have time to cook healthy! Give them a try!
Oh, and if South Beach stuff isn’t what you’re after, check out Menu Plan Monday over at I’m an Organizing Junkie! You’ll find tons of great recipes from lots of link-ups! Enjoy, and add your own, too!