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Favorite South Beach Diet Recipe

After my pregnancy photo expose, Fiddledaddy asked me, “So, why didn’t you talk about what happened after the pregnancies?”

Mostly, because I continued merrily along in my life, pretending it never happened.

What struck me, and not in a good way, is how I could enter the hospital with anywhere from 40 to 50 pounds of pregnancy, leave with a 9 pound baby, and only lose 4 or 5 pounds. I’m no math genius, but that’s just wrong.

About a year after Cailey was born, I went to a garage sale down the street. The man who lived there started making small talk. “So. When are you due?”

His wife standing behind him glared a hole into the back of his head. This was not the first time I had been asked that question since giving birth. And frankly, I’d had enough. Usually, I would laugh my way out of the awkward moment. But not on this day. Forty two years of pent up anger unleashed itself on this hapless neighbor.

“I’m not pregnant. I’m just fat. And thank you for pointing that out to me.”

He was never heard from again.

Soon after, I went on the South Beach Diet. It is a wonderfully healthy way to eat. It took me a while, but I lost 30 pounds. I was smaller than I was on my wedding day. I threw away all my stretchypants. The sun was shining, and birds were singing.

Then I got pregnant again. At age 44. And gained 50 pounds.


For todays Saturday Stirrings, I wanted to post one my my favorite South Beach Diet recipes. And if you’ll direct your attention to my right left (edited thanks to an astute reader) sidebar, the nice people at South Beach are now an affiliate advertiser. Which makes me happy, because I think they have a really good product.

Chicken-Pistachio Salad

1/2 Cup shelled pistachio nuts, finely ground
1/2 + 1/4 t. salt
1/2 t. + 1 pinch freshly ground black pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
2 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 Cup diced sweet white onion
1 head romaine lettuce

1 t. grated sweet white onion
1 large ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
3 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice *
1 Tablespoon water

* the recipe originally called for 3 Tablespoons lime juice, but I think this tastes better. Call me rebel.

To make the salad: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Mix the nuts in a pie plate with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Press the chicken into the nuts. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a skillet and cook the coated breasts, 2 minutes per side. Place the breasts in a baking dish and bake for 15 minutes or until they reach 170 degrees with a kitchen thermometer.

Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in a nonstick skillet over high heat. Add the diced onion, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Cook until the onion is browned.

Line 4 serving plates with the lettuce. Slice the chicken breasts and arrange 1 breast on top of the lettuce on each plate. Serve with the dressing.

To make the dressing: Puree the onion, avocado, oil, lemon juice, and water in a blender.

If I’m not in the mood for a salad, I’ve also prepared the chicken breasts in this recipe as a main course.

Honestly, this is a favorite of all my chicken recipes. And this is a phase 1 meal. Even if you’re not on the South Beach eating plan, their recipes are excellent.

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Have a great weekend! I’ll be spending time hanging out with my scanner. You know what that means. I have no life. And more pictures next week.

Saturday Stirrings Participants

1. Karla (Roasted Cauliflower)
2. Farrah ~ Flan
3. TexasOkie~(Hot Beef Po\’ Boys)
4. Carol ~ Tuscan Bean Soup
5. The Apron Queen (Just Peachy Cobbler)
6. Judy – Banana Bars
7. Fresh Girl (Asparagus Salad)
8. An Uncluttered Life – Chicken Florentine Salad
9. Stretch Mark Mama (Spaghetti Squash with Tomatoes)
10. Scott@HoneyIFedTheKids (Stuffed French Toast)
11. Kitchen Scrapbook (35-minutes-in-the-kitchen Stromboli)
12. Jeni (Irish Chocolate Mint Dessert)
13. Tiffany @ Snapshots of Life (Ice Cream Cake)
14. Heather (egg & sausage muffuns)
15. Kim – Creamed Chicken Over Cornbread
16. Kitchen Scrapbook (35-minutes-in-the-kitchen Stromboli)
17. Cindy (REAL Stuffed French Toast)
18. Kristin (easy Yummy Dip)
19. Laura (easy homemade pizza)
20. Our Home Adventures (Saturday Brunch Ciabatta Sandwiches)
21. Jenny – Strawberry Angel Food Cake

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16 Responses to Favorite South Beach Diet Recipe

  • Meet a fellow rebel. I prefer lemon over lime juice, too…and I’ve done that substitution before. Hehe…

    I love avacado! Mmmmm!

  • Ummm, not to be terribly anal or anything, but the South Beach Diet is on the LEFT sidebar.

  • I like the South Beach Diet. I’m not too fond of salads all the time, but they are a nice change from say, real food.
    (I’m a pig, not a rabbit)

    I do like avacado in everything. Yummy!

  • That sounds really yummy! Thanks for sharing it!

  • I did great on South Beach too about 5 years ago – 14 pounds and big mama was looking fabo! Of course, I missed that 14 pounds so I packed it back on and gave it 6 more friends. They all get along famously in the muffin top, beside the valley that is my spine and comfortably (or not) squashed at the top of my thighs. They have worn out their welcome – I must make friends with SBD again.

  • I made some stuffed french toast this morning, and my wife said I should document it and join your Saturday Stirrings.
    I’m afraid it doesn’t complement the South Beach Diet (or healthy living in general). Is that a requirement for linking? If so, you can leave hateful comments on my blog.

  • I’ve tried diets (sigh!), but never did the South Beach one. That chicken DOES look good!

  • Scott,
    The only requirement for Saturday Stirrings is that your recipe isn’t gross. 🙂

  • Yay! Can’t wait to see more pictures.

    Happy Saturday!

  • Always on the lookout for new salad recipes. Thanks! Sounds very good.

  • Thanks for the recipe. After I finish running my marathon, I’m going to be more committed to sticking to a diet. Can’t diet when you run too much.

  • Thanks for this recipe, it sounds yummy!

  • I can tell right now that I will be coming back to this site a LOT! LOL You’re a hoot!

    Can’t wait to start trying some of the recipes.

    Do you have a logo or something that I can put on my blog? Sold! 🙂

  • Late making my rounds. Sounds delicious! Do stop by. I’ll save you a plate of my Just Peachy Cobbler. 😀

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  • Sounds good! And look how big Saturday Stirrings is getting!! Yay!

  • I can so realte to how you left I had my son at 40 I was at full term 185pounds and I am small person. I felt really fat I lost 17 pounds after that I got down to 136 and was proud of my hard work although I still wasn’t where I wanted to be,, then oen day I was standing in line and a yong girl was sitting down she said” hear take the set your Pregnant”, Oh I felt so hurt and bad I felt like crying all that dieting and I still look fat. I went home crying and ask my husband” I NEED A TUMMY TUCK LIPO AND HAVE MY BREAST PULL BACK UP NOW!! LOL!! well it never happen but I am still trying I know how hard it is to lose wieght at my age. If I only had to engery to work out everyday.
    ( I think If I could Dance with the star’s like Marie Osmond did I would lose it all}
    Thanks for sharing