Posted on | August 25, 2009 | 51 Comments |
It’s been almost 5 months since I got off South Beach Diet. It was early March. I had reached my target weight; I was happy with the way I looked and the way my clothes fitted; I had learned all the basics of a good healthy diet which was sustainable; my body was well-conditioned to not crave for bad carbs; my metabolism was at its best. Then came summer, it got really warm around here and my one and only true weakness started popping up everywhere – BEER! There was no escape – barbecue parties, office picnics, happy hour – no matter where I went there was someone enjoying a cold one! I thought to myself – I’ve been so good for so many months, one beer isn’t going to cause any harm! I had forgotten how good a cold beer tastes! Nope, I couldn’t stop at one, or two or three or four. Before I knew it beer had become a way of life again! Since I was being bad anyway, why not enjoy some fries and some occasional white rice and my favorite pumpkin bread and lemon loaf from Starbucks with the afternoon coffee?
It was inevitable, I can feel them coming – the lbs and the inches! I have only put on 4.5 lbs from the weight I was at the end of SBD and I haven’t really gone up a dress size yet, but I can feel the jeans tightening up and the curves getting a little curvier and worse of all I am seeing a few extra curves which shouldn’t be there. I have to recondition my body again, get these cravings out of my system. At least I know a tried-and-tested method to get back to where I was! Yep, I am back on SBD phase 1 again, in fact today was my first day on phase 1!
Since I have done it once before, I know the most important factor for phase 1 success is planning ahead. To me, breakfast is the most challenging meal of the day, SBD or not. I am not a morning person and cooking breakfast daily is not an option for me. You can have whole-grain cereals and oatmeal in phase 2, but for phase 1 there really aren’t any instant breakfasts. But luckily I had figured this all out the first time around, and Kalyn’s big collection of SBD friendly breakfast recipes is my one stop resource for breakfast ideas. The best part about Kalyn’s breakfast casseroles is that they refrigerate very well. So before I started phase 1, my first task was to make a breakfast casserole to last us till the weekend.
Breakfast Casserole with Eggs, Ham, Onions, Peppers and Watercress
For 8 servings
- 12 large eggs
- 1/4 cup fat free milk
- 1 cup low fat cottage cheese
- 1.5 cups grated low fat Mexican four cheese blend
- 1 bunch watercress, washed, drained and stems removed ~ 3 cups
- 1 large green bell pepper, diced
- 1 cup red onions, diced
- 1 cup ham, diced
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- 1 tsp red chili powder + 1/4 tsp garam masala
- Or store bought curry powder
- Or any spicy seasoning of your choice
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1-2 tbsp oil
- 2 tbsp fennel greens (optional)
Preheat the oven to 375F.
Place the cottage cheese in a strainer and pour cold water to wash away everything but the whole curds. Drain well to get all the liquid away.
In a large pan, heat the oil and fry the ham slices till a little crispy, remove and keep aside. Add a bit more oil if needed and saute the onions till soft. Add the seasoning and stir fry till the raw smell disappears. Add the bell peppers and saute for two minutes. Finally add the watercress and saute till wilted.
Beat the eggs along with the milk till frothy. Add the cottage cheese.
Spray a casserole dish with oil. In the bottom of the casserole dish layer sauteed veggies, ham, green onions and cheese. Pour the egg and cottage cheese mixture over and stir gently with a fork to make sure the liquid is evenly distributed over the other ingredients.
Bake for 45 minutes in the pre-heated oven till the eggs are set. Once cool, cover with a tight fitting lid and refrigerate.
I normally cut out a piece in the morning and heat in the microwave for about 60-90 seconds. The heating time may vary depending on the microwave, do not overheat.
SBD Phase 1, Day 1 Menu
- Breakfast – 1 slice of the breakfast casserole, 1 cup black coffee
- Mid-morning snack – 15 almonds
- Lunch – Salad + grilled chicken breast from the office cafeteria
- Mid-evening snack – fat free plain yogurt
- Late-evening snack – 1/2 cup edamame with salt
- Dinner – “Cauli-rice” (recipe coming up) + 1/2 a broiled mackerel
If you are thinking of taking up the diet, remember – the first couple of days are going to be tough, you are going to be cranky and tired and you won’t even feel like cooking. So make sure you at least do some prep work before day 1. If you can actually go a step further and prepare the meals for the first two days in advance, you won’t fail at all!
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