Friday Night Photos: Two Thumbs Up for New Red Iguana Location in Salt Lake City!
Even though you may be too polite to ask, I know some readers might be wondering, “What would a woman who’s pretty committed to the South Beach Diet eat at a place like the Red Iguana?” Truthfully, there probably isn’t anything on the menu that’s 100% South Beach Diet friendly, but if you use some restraint you can have a great Red Iguana meal without doing too much damage.
Start by skipping the chips and salsa, and ordering your dinner without rice. Feel free to enjoy the Red Iguana’s amazingly creamy refried beans, which don’t contain lard, and order one of the meals that’s mostly protein or vegetables. The two things I order most often here are the Chile Verde Plate (without rice) or the Carnitas (without the tortillas.) Red Iguana chile verde does contain a bit of flour to thicken the sauce, but the simmered spicy chunks of pork with refried beans is still a pretty low-glycemic meal. As for the Red Iguana carnitas, there’s no doubt that they’re a little high in fat for the South Beach Diet guidelines, but they come with refried beans, guacamole, and pico de gallo, all of which are good choices.
I also believe that the best diet is the one you can strictly follow most of the time, but ignore completely for a special occasion, like when family members are in town for Christmas. Of course, I didn’t eat all the food that’s pictured here, but no matter what I order when I visit the Red Iguana, I always enjoy the meal. I’m not 100% sure I remember what’s in each of these photos, taken over a series of visits, but I’m guessing that inquiring minds want to know so I’ll try to label them.
Red Iguana 2
866 West South Temple
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner.