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Carb Conscious or South Beach Diet Friendly Valentine’s Day Recipes and St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

These are recipes for what I’d like to cook for a romantic dinner on Valentine’s Day or to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  (If it’s cold where you are on Valentine’s Day, use a stovetop-grill pan for some of these recipes.)

(For anyone who’s following The South Beach diet, notations after each recipe listing indicate Kalyn’s opinion as to which phase of the diet each that recipe can be used for.)

Keep up with new holiday recipes by following my Pinterest board for Kalyn’s Kitchen Holiday Favorites.

Recipes for Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day or St. Patrick’s Day Round-Ups

Low-Sugar or Sugar-Free Chocolate Treats for Your Valentine (many are gluten-free; check individual recipes for phase)
Four South Beach Diet Friendly Chocolate Cookies to Help You Celebrate Valentine’s Day (see recipes for phase)

Favorite Recipes for St.  Patrick’s Day

Carb-Conscious Beef Dishes for Valentine’s Day
Stove-top Pot Roast with Mushrooms and Sage (phase 2 or 3, or phase 1 if gravy is not thickened)

Soy-Braised Pot Roast with Carrots (phase 2 or 3)

Hungarian Pot Roast with Sour Cream-Paprika Gravy (all phases)

Marinated Flank Steak (aka London Broil) (all phases)

Pan-Grilled Steak with Olive Sauce (all phases)

Grilled Tri-Tip Steak with Chimol Salsa (all phases)

Carol’s Completely Fabulous Steak Marinade and Grilled Tri-Tip Recipe (all phases)

Balsamic and Onion Pot Roast (Crockpot, all phases)

Crockpot Recipe for Southwestern Pot Roast (all phases)

Steak and Mushroom Kabobs (all phases)

Marinated Beef Kabobs  (all phases)

Grilled Flat Iron Steak with Chimichurri Sauce (all phases)

Hungarian Pot Roast with Sour Cream-Paprika Gravy (all phases)

Carb-Conscious Chicken Dishes for Valentine’s Day
Chicken and Asparagus with Three Cheeses (all phases, an occasional treat due to high fat content)

Baked Chicken Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, Basil, and Goat Cheese (phase 2 or 3)

Chicken and Quickly Roasted Asparagus served with Tahini Sauce (phase 2 or 3)

Chicken Cordon Bleu (all phases, a “once-in-a-while-treat” due to high fat content)

Grilled Garlic Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper and Garlic Aioli Sauce (all phases, but use portion control on the sauce if you use full-fat mayo)

Roasted Chicken with Kalyn’s Roast Chicken Seasoning Rub (all phases, but avoid the skin, and breast meat is best for South Beach dieters) 

Janet’s Mustard Chicken (all phases) 

Chicken Breasts with Cilantro and Red Thai Curry and Peanut Sauce (all phases) 

Chicken Stuffed with Green Chiles and Cheese (phase 2 or 3 or can be adapted to phase 1) 

Garlic, Lemon, and Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts (all phases) 

Pan-Grilled Chicken with Green Olive, Caper, and Lemon Relish (all phases) 

Mustard, Lemon, and Coriander Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Basil Vinaigrette (all phases) 

Very Greek Grilled Chicken (all phases) 

Grilled Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar (all phases) 

Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon-Mustard Pan Sauce (all phases) 

Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Olive and Caper Sauce (all phases) 

Carb-Conscious Fish Dishes for Valentine’s Day
Sumac-Rubbed Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil (all phases) 

Roasted Barramundi with Tomato and Olive Relish (all phases)

Baked White Fish with Onions, Peppers, Olives, and Feta (all phases)

Grilled Halibut with Cumin and Lime (all phases)

Pan-Seared and Roasted Mahi Mahi with Mediterranean Salsa (all phases) 

Grilled Mahi Mahi with Lemon and Capers (all phases)

Grilled Salmon with Maple-Sriracha-Lime Glaze (all phases with sugar-free maple syrup) 

Roasted Wild Salmon and Asparagus with Double-Lemon Oil (all phases) 

Grilled Salmon with Sun-Dried Tomato, Olive, and Caper Relish (all phases)

Spicy Roasted Shrimp with Garlic, Sumac, and Aleppo Pepper (all phases) 

Mediterranean Shrimp over Spinach (all phases)

Grilled Halibut with Garlic Cilantro Sauce (all phases)

Grilled Halibut with Southwestern Rub and Tomatillo Salsa (all phases)

Soy-Grilled Mahi Mahi with Korean Dipping Sauce (all phases with Splenda)

Grilled Salmon Packets with Tomatoes, Olives, Garlic, Thyme, and Saffron (all phases)

Greek Salmon Cooked in a Grill Pan (all phases)

Grilled Salmon with Asian Dipping Sauce (all phases with Splenda)

Spicy Roasted Green Beans (or Broccoli) and Shrimp (all phases)

World’s Easiest Roasted Tilapia (all phases)

Baked Halibut with Sour Cream, Parmesan, and Dill Topping (all phases)

Baked White Fish with Pine Nut, Parmesan, and Basil Pesto Crust (all phases)

Roasted Wild Salmon with Soy-Wasabi-Agave Glaze and Green Onions (All phases, even though there is a small amount of agave, you’re only eating a very minimal amount)

Shrimp with Mustard-Horseradish Sauce (all phases)

Quick and Easy Spicy Broiled Shrimp (all phases) 

Carb-Conscious Pork Dishes for Valentine’s Day
Pork Chops with Balsamic Glaze (all phases)

Greek-Seasoned Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon and Oregano (all phases)

Creole-Seasoned and Pan-Fried Pork Cutlets with Tomato and Red Bell Pepper Salsa (all phases)

Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms, and Sour Cream (all phases)

Pan-Fried and Roasted Pork Chops with Apricot-Dijon Glaze (phase 2 or 3)

“Breaded” Pork Chops with Mustard Cream Sauce (all phases)

Grilled Ginger Soy Pork Chops (all phases)

Grilled Pork Chops with Lemon, Garlic, and Sage (all phases)

Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Roast with Spicy Peanut Sauce (all phases)

Slow Cooker Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Balsamic Vinegar, Rosemary, and Red Onion (all phases)

Slow Cooker Bavarian Pork Sirloin Tip Roast with Sour Cream Gravy (all phases)

Carb-Conscious Lamb Dishes for Valentine’s Day
Grilled Lamb Chops with Garlic, Rosemary, and Thyme (all phases)

Lamb Souvlaki, Grilled Lamb Cubes Cooked Greek Style (all phases)

Carb-Conscious Vegetarian Dishes for Valentine’s Day   
Spicy Red Lentil and Chickpea Stew / Paula’s Moroccan Lentil Stew (phase one without rice, phase 2 or 3 over brown rice, could be vegan if vegetable stock is subbed)

Baked Falafel Patties with Yogurt-Tahini Sauce (phase 2 or 3, the Falafel are vegan but not the sauce)

(v)Whole Wheat Spaghetti with No-Cook Sauce of Tomatoes, Arugula, Olives, and Capers (phase 2 or 3)

Penne Pasta with Tomato, Herb, and Feta No-Cook Pasta Sauce (phase 2 or 3)

Vegetarian Lasagna with Quick Roasted Tomatoes (phase 2 or 3 with Dreamfields or whole wheat lasagna)

Sweet Potato Gratin with Goat Cheese, Parmesan, and Thyme (Phase 2 or 3)

Cheesy Vegetarian Brown Rice Casserole with Broccoli and Mushrooms (Phase 2 or 3)

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers with Brown Rice, Mushrooms, and Feta (Phase 2 or 3)

Vegetarian Curried Brown Rice and Broccoli Casserole with Creamy Curry Sauce (phase 2 or 3)

Spinach and Feta Casserole with Brown Rice and Parmesan (phase 2 or 3) 

Vegetarian Lasagna with Kale and Mushroom-Tomato Sauce (Phase 3 or a “once-in-a-while-treat” for phase 2) 

Greek Inspired Leftover Brown Rice Casserole with Red Pepper, Onions, and Feta (phase 2 or 3)

Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash with Pesto and Parmesan (all phases) 

Vegetarian Penne Pasta with Butternut Squash, Mushrooms, Scallions, and Goat Cheese (Phase 2 or 3; limit portion size for Phase 2)

Sriracha-Spiced Stir-Fried Tofu with Eggplant, Red Bell Pepper, and Thai Basil (all phases, but limited serving of tofu for phase one) 

Baked Sesame Tofu Sticks with Peanut Butter, Tahini, and Ginger Sauce (all phases, but best to use approved sweetener instead of agave for Phase One.)  

Spicy Vegan Peanut Butter Tofu with Sriracha (all phases, but limited serving of tofu for phase one)     

Carb-Conscious Salads Valentine’s Day
Arugula Salad with Marinated Artichokes and More (all phases)

Arugula and Gorgonzola Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette (all phases)

Warm or Cold Salad with Artichoke Hearts, Roasted Red Pepper, Capers, and Basil Vinaigrette (all phases)

Farro Salad with Asparagus, Red Bell Pepper, and Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette (phase 2 or 3)

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Almonds and Dill (phase 2 or 3)

Asian Spinach Salad with Chicken, Mushrooms, Pepper, and Almonds (all phases)

Balsamic Spinach Salad with Mushrooms, Onions, and Feta (all phases)

Asian Spinach Salad with Shrimp, Red Pepper, and Mushrooms (all phases)

Chickpea (Garbanzo Bean) Salad with Tomatoes, Olive, Basil, and Parsley (all phases)

How to Make Absolutely Perfect Restaurant Quality Salad at Home (all phases)
Spinach Salad with Bacon and Feta (all phases)

Carb-Conscious Side Dishes and Vegetables for Valentine’s Day
Georgette’s Really Lemony Greek Pilafi (phase 2 or 3)

Brown Rice with Cashews and Herbs (phase 2 or 3)

Brown and Wild Rice with Pine Nuts and Thyme (phase 2 or 3)

Barley “Risotto” with Mushrooms and Thyme (phase 2 or 3)

Pressure Cooker Mexican Beans with Avocado-Poblano Salsa (all phases; limit portion size for Phase One)

Fresh Artichokes with Mom’s Dipping Sauce (all phases)

Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon-Mustard Vinaigrette (all phases) 

Slow Roasted Asparagus (all phases)

Roasted Asparagus and Mushrooms with Spike Seasoning (all phases)

Pan-Fried Asparagus Tips with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest (all phases)

Roasted Broccoli with Lemon and Pecorino-Romano Cheese (all phases)

Broccoli Gratin with Swiss and Parmesan (all phases, but definitely a “once in a while treat” due to fat content) 

Lemony Green Beans – Green Beans with Lemon Juice and Lemon Zest (all phases)

Greek Style Roasted Mushrooms with Red Pepper, Oregano, Mint, and Feta (all phases)

Roasted Mushrooms with Garlic, Thyme, and Balsamic Vinegar (all phases)   

Carb-Conscious Desserts for Valentine’s Day
Low-Sugar and Flourless Chocolate coconut Drops with Almonds (phase 3 due to chocolate chips, or a once-in-a-while treat for phase 2)

Low-Sugar Coconut Almond Macaroon Cookies – Phase One and Gluten Free!  (all phases) 

Whole Grain Low-Sugar (or sugar-free) Chocolate Cookies with Pecans (phase 2 or 3)

Low-Sugar and Whole Wheat Brownies with Walnuts / Grandma Willey’s Brownies (phase 2 or 3)

Flourless and Low-Sugar (or sugar-free) Chocolate Shortbread Cookies – Also Gluten Free (Phase 2 or 3, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to high fat content and a small amount of brown sugar.)

Flourless and (almost) Sugar-Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate (phase 2 or 3, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to fat content and a small amount of brown sugar)

Low-Sugar Raspberry Cheesecake with Pecan Crust (phase 2 or 3)

Flourless and (almost) Sugar-Free Cookies with Peanut Butter and Chocolate (phase 2 or 3, but probably a “once in a while treat” due to fat content and a small amount of brown sugar)

Greek Yogurt Dessert with Hazelnut Agave and Shaved Dark Chocolate (phase 2 or 3)

Two Recipes for Sugar-Free and Flourless Chocolate and Oatmeal Cluster Cookies (both versions, phase 2 or 3)

Low Carb Cherry Cheesecake Two Ways (phase 2 or 3)

Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day
Healthier Irish-Inspired Favorites for St. Patrick’s Day

Kalyn’s Top Ten Low-Carb Recipes with Cabbage

Leftover Corned Beef Low-Carb Reuben Bake (all phases, but an occasional treat for South Beach Diet due to the amount of fat)

Pressure Cooker Corned Beef with Creamy Horseradish Sauce (all phases, but an occasional treat for the South Beach Diet due to the amount of fat)

Slow Cooker Corned Beef with Veggies and Horseradish (corned beef, all phases, an occasional treat, cabbage all phases, carrots phase 2 or 3)

Leftover Corned Beef Soup with Sauerkraut and Tomatoes (all phases, but corned beef should be an occasional treat due to high fat content)

Roasted Cabbage with Lemon (all phases)

Roasted Cabbage with Lime and Sriracha (all phases) 

100% Whole Wheat Brown Soda Bread (phase 2 or 3)

White Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Irish Soda Bread (phase 2 or 3)

Agave-Sweetened 100% Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread (phase 2 or 3)

Sauteed Kale with Garlic and Onion (Melting Tuscan Kale) (all phases)

Pureed Cauliflower and Cabbage with Green Onions and Parmesan (all phases)

Parsley Hummus with Whole Wheat Pita (phase 2 or 3, or phase one with celery or veggies) 

Creole-Spiced Rice and Kale (Phase 2 or 3)

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