La Gringa’s Weekly Menu, Mostly South Beach

I’m back in Baja and Sunday is our hunting and gathering day. The outdoor market is open and the vegetables were fresh. In the U.S. I create a weekly menu and then shop for the ingredients. In Mexico, I gather what I can find and then create a menu. Baja shopping tip: The winds have…

South Beach Diet Menu, Phase 2

Summer is winding down. I love the fall in No. Nevada. The evenings are cool but the daytime temperatures are in the 70-80’s. The weather is almost perfect. I’ve started packing for our trip south to Baja. It’s a little game I like to play, “How much stuff can I stuff in the SUV, that…

Taco Mini Quiches, Low Carb Brunch

Here’s a quick meal prep idea for your low carb diet. I make a batch of mini crustless quiches most weeks and eat them for brunch or lunch. You can add any vegetables, protein and or cheese to use what’s available and to tailor it to your personal taste. These have ground beef but you…

South Beach Phase 2 Menu, Dealing with Boredom

Diet Boredom? Are you really bored on a low carb diet or are you just waiting until you can go back to your routine of grab and go high carb choices? If you are constantly thinking you’re on a diet then you aren’t really changing how you eat as a lifestyle. Essentially you’re always looking…

South Beach Diet, The Lost and Found Phase and Restaurant Tips

The South Beach Diet, Lost and Found Phase is my way of saying, “Hey, you can wander off course but you can always adjust your sails and find a path back.” I wasn’t really lost but I did take a detour and now with some planning I’m back on track. There’s nothing like a lake house…

South Beach Diet, Weigh In and Personal Observations in Phase 1

Weigh in: -2.5 pounds, Happy Dance Very Personal Observations on South Beach Phase 1 Disclaimer: You have to make your own food choices and modifications. I’m not a South Beach purist but it’s working for me.  The South Beach diet is really not too far away from my usual eating with a few exceptions. Phase 1…

Spanakopita Mini Fritattas, South Beach Recipe

South Beach Phase 1: Breakfast or Snack Recipe South Beach, Phase 1 recipes include lots of eggs for breakfast. I don’t love eggs but I like quiche. Quiche is delicious because of its rich egg custard and flakey pastry crust. Wheat pie crust is definitely not on the Phase 1 list of approved foods, but…

South Beach Diet Menu, Phase 1

Following the South Beach Diet, Phase 1 I’ve said it many times, “Planning your meals is essential for healthy eating!” It is sooooo easy for me not to plan meals in the U.S. I can pop out to the market any and every day. There’s a zillion choices of prepared foods, snacks and desserts at…