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I've got to go to got to get away. Sorry, couldn't help to quote a little Hendrix here.

Here's the deal, my girlfriend is doing the south beach diet and I'm making dinner. I have some proteins (chicken breasts, ground beef, shrimp), different beans, and some veggies, but I'm blanking. Any suggestions for a meal no carbs?

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  1. No such thing as "no carbs"... unless you just eat the meat.

    But low carb is easy. And South Beach isn't the lowest carb diet out there. You need to know what phase she's eating in.

    Here's a ton of South Beach recipes: http://www.southbeach-diet-plan.com/r...

    1. Think whole grains, as little sugar as possible. Try a nice brown rice pilaf made with fat-free broth. (You pretty much do brown rice pilaf the same as a regular pilaf, except that it takes an hour to cook instead of 20 minutes.)

      1. Roast some vegetables in olive oil and maybe a little garlic and/or a nice spice like cumin or herbs de provence, maybe some lemon juice. Parsnips, sweet potatoes, carrots all come out well this way, and *feel* fairly carby (probably because, for vegetables, they are). I also like zucchini and onion slices together done this way. Asparagus spears are great too, as are (believe it or not) brussels sprouts.

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        1. re: LulusMom

          Actually, depending on what phase she's in, carrots and sweet potatoes may not be "allowed". Green vegetables are pretty safe (broccoli, asparagus, brussel sprouts, squash, spinach, chard, etc). Brown rice may not be allowed in her "phase", either.

          I'm assuming you can ask her what foods she can or can't have at the moment.

          Steam some veggies and toss with some lemon juice and a sprinkling of salt. A white bean mash might be nice as a carb-replacement (and you can make bean cakes later). For chicken, I'd pound breasts down flat and sear in a non-stick pan. Do a sauce with either chicken broth or fat-free half & half (it makes pretty decent sauces, believe it or not) and some dijon mustard. Maybe a squeeze of lemon juice. S&P to taste and reduce until slightly thickened. Not the most decadent of meals, but I'd enjoy it.

          1. re: leanneabe

            Thanks everyone. I ended up making kind of a chicken stir fry. I grilled some red peppers and asparagus. Then I sauteed the chicken in some olive oil, deglazed with white wine and added some nice grain mustard and garlic. Then I added the peppers and asparagus in with the chicken and finished it in the oven. It was pretty tasty. Thanks for the input...this south beach thing is tricky. I'm definitely going to try some white bean mash at some point and the other recipes named. Thanks again. The chowhound posse is amazing.

            1. re: chucktowneater

              Sounds like you did a good job.

              If you like beans, one of my favorite things to have hanging out in the fridge is a white bean salad. I just rinse and drain a can of white beans, mince a shallot and then add a bit of olive oil, lemon juice, S&P. It's supposed to be for my toddler (she loves it), but I end up sneaking some for lunch quite often.

        2. You can sub cauliflower for a lot of potato dishes. I made potato salad this week with cauliflower instead of the potatoes. They make a decent substitute for mashed potatoes, scalloped potatoes, etc. You just have to add something to make them thicker, generally cream cheese.