South Beach Diet Phase 1 at Longhorn Steakhouse
Steakhouse menus can be a slippery slope when you're on Phase 1 of the South Beach Diet. That's because while the main focus of the menu is meat-driven, there are many items that are fatty cuts, fried, breaded and fried, drenched in fatty cheese sauces, or marinated in an alcohol base. And don't even get me started on the appetizers or desserts.
But if you're careful, you can find something just about anywhere, and Longhorn Steakhouse is no exception. Here is a sampling of acceptable Phase 1 options from a menu of theirs I found online:
You'll want to skip this part of the menu, and instead have the side salad or Caesar salad that comes with your meal. Best dressing options (and this goes for the main dish salads below as well) are Oil & Vinegar, Italian, Caesar, Bleu Cheese, Ranch, Balsamic Vinaigrette, or Chipotle Ranch.
Lafayette Chicken & Shrimp--Two grilled chicken breasts (okay, you don't have to EAT both of them at this sitting) are topped with sauteed shrimp, onions, mushrooms, red pepper strips and pepper jack cheese. It is topped with a Cajun cream sauce, which you should ask for on the side just so you don't use too much of it.
Sierra Chicken--Two grilled chicken breasts are topped with a tomato and basil salsa. It's served with rice and vegetables, but you can substitute something like fresh asparagus for the rice.
Flo's Filet--A 7oz. or 9 oz. beef filet, and since large servings of meat are not encouraged on this diet, you should go with the smaller one.
Flo's Filet & Grilled Shrimp--Self-explanatory, and it's served with Chipotle ranch sauce on the side which you should use sparingly. It's served with rice but you can substitute a vegetable.
Grilled Shrimp--A dozen grilled skewered shrimp that have been dusted with spices. It's served with rice and a vegetable, so your'e best bet is to instead have two vegetable sides. Also go easy on the chipotle ranch dipping sauce.
7-Pepper Sirloin Salad--Juicy steak is rubbed with spices and grilled, then sliced an served over mixed field greens with roma tomatoes and bleu cheese crumbles. See above for the best salad dressing choices.
Sonoma Chicken Salad--Crisp romaine lettuce is tossed in balsamic vinaigrette (ask for it on the side instead), and topped with grilled chicken breast, tomato-basil salsa, red onion, pepperoncini peppers, shredded provolone and feta cheese.
Cowboy Pork Chops--Two 8 oz. center-cut chops, grilled and seasoned. You should take one home so you don't overindulge, and you can substitute the fries with a vegetable.
The Renegade--For some reason, this sirloin steak (best cut of beef for SBD Phase 1) is only available for lunch, but I'm sure if you asked for it at dinner they would be happy to accommodate.
Sides--Acceptable Phase 1 sides are fresh seasonal vegetables (as long as it's not corn, carrots or beets), sauteed mushrooms, grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms & onions, and fresh asparagus.
If you've read my other hubs on this topic, you know what I'm going to say. Just have coffee or tea, then wait until you get home to have some ricotta creme or sugar free gelatin.