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A Well Balanced Dinner

April 12, 2011
Well balanced diet

So my boyfriend and I are working on getting buff before the summer comes this year. Now when I say buff, I mean get in shape, lose a few pounds and tone up a bit. We actually made this goal at the beginning of the year, and I admit I have fallen in and out of my scheduled “plan” a few times, but I always come back around. One thing I have generally stuck to is cutting back on the carbs, at least for dinner.

The way I look at it, carbs provide you with energy, and you need them to efficiently function during the day and to have enough energy for a good workout. When you eat carbs at night, they kinda just sit there in your belly and don’t get used up- which is no good when you want to drop a few pounds. So I eat my breads, rice, and pasta for breakfast and lunch, and just stick to protein and two veggies for dinner!

The other night for our low-carb dinner, I made roasted onions, sautéed garlic green beans, and a ground turkey patty topped with blue cheese. Below are recipes for both veggies! They are all really easy to make too.

Sautéed Garlic Green Beans


  • Green Beans
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings such as: Italian seasoning, ground pepper, garlic salt, basil

To Do:

  • Cut the ends of the green beans off, toss them in a steamer basket and steam for about 6 or 7 minutes.
  • While they are steaming, mince up about 3-4 cloves of fresh garlic.
  • Put about  tablespoon of olive oil in a frying pan, and when you beans are nice and steamed, throw them in the pan.
  • Add the garlic and all of your seasoning and saute on a med-high heat until they become  nice and crispy.

Roasted Onions (probably the easiest of all)


  • Yellow onion(s)
  • Olive Oil
  • Seasonings like: pepper, Italian Seasoning, paprika, or even curry powder, get creative!

To Do:

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  • Slice your onions in rings, but leave the layers together, like pictured.
  • Lightly spray a baking pan with non-stick cooking spay
  • Place the onions on the pan and drizzle the tops with olive oil and seasonings
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until browned, turning them over once halfway through.
  • Enjoy plain or use these to top your burger. (Mmm I love roasted onions)

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  • Reply veggiegrettie April 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

    I love making green beans and onions this way…yum!

  • Reply Laughin' In The Rain April 12, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    I hear ya on wanting to get in shape for summer! I like your thinking with cutting back carbs at dinner.. makes perfect sense! Whenever I try to cut carbs completely I end up getting crazing cravings and find myself secretly eating donuts in the car. Yikes. I think I’ll try your way!

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