Easy Roast Beef Subs

No pictures, just the goods. We were too hungry and ate this up way too fast for me to snatch the camera. I managed to snatch a camera later when I made one up for my husband who was coming home after working 2nd shift.

In anticipation of me being home with the boys on a busy night, I picked up a package of sliced roast beef from Sam’s Club, a pack of their swiss cheese slices, and  a 6-pack of sub rolls from a different store. Today I went from work to home, to briefly checking emails, and getting the boys to their locations (football practice, hunter safety class and one who went with my mom) me off to take an exam, then me racing out to see the second half of a soccer game, to back home by 8:30 pm. Got all that?

Here’s what I did with the supplies I had previously gathered (It took me about 15 minutes):

1 cup water
2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Beef Base
1 package of sliced beef from Sam’s Club/Castle Foods 1# 6oz package (or sliced roast beef from your deli – about 1 1/4 pound)
1/2 small onion, sliced
1/2 bag of frozen, sliced peppers
1 package of 6 sub rolls
10 slices of swiss cheese
1T butter
1T olive oil
dash of salt and pepper

Saute vegetables on med-high heat. After they have released the water, add about 1T. olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper. Keep mixing so they don’t stick, turn on low when browned. Also, bring water to boil in stockpot or deep pan. Add bullion and butter. Add slices of beef, one by one. Stir gently to heat and saturate the beef. Turn on low.

Slice buns and top with cheese, veggies and meat, and a little of the broth if you like. Enjoy.

Super easy, nice and warm. Cheaper than take-out.


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Low Carb Pancake

Low Carb PancakeYum. A low carb pancake, right? Just try it. You’ll like it, I promise. At least if you’re on Phase I or Phase II of the South Beach Diet you will. It smells so good when you’re frying it up and does pretty darn well at kicking back those feelings of deprivation. I mix up a double batch of this and keep it handy for an easy breakfast.

3 egg whites
2 eggs
1/4 cup ricotta cheese
dash of cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla
sweetener (optional – Splenda or some DiVinci Syrup — not a lot, and omit the vanilla)

Blend eggs until frothy. Add ricotta, blend again. Add cinnamon and vanilla. Add sweetener, if desired. Use this batter just as you would pancake batter. It took me a few tries to get these where I wanted them. I made them crepe fashion, with a thin pour of batter and the circular motion of the pan. Top with a little SF syrup and some crushed walnuts. Very drool worthy.


Chocolate Crack Candy

This is a “gateway food” (named in reference to a gateway drug). All items are permissible on Phase II of the South Beach Diet. In moderation, of coarse. Which is the hard part. So don’t make it if you can’t control yourself.


Endangered Species Chocolate (or any high cocoa content bar). I used about 1/3 bar mixed with a small handful of Ghirardelli high cocoa content baking chips

  • 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 cup (or a little more) coarsely crushed almonds

Heat chocolate over double boiler until melted. Once melted, add nuts and coconut. Stir. Smooth out onto parchment paper and let cool. If you’re desperate, you can put it in the freezer for a quick chill. I sliced mine into squares when it was partially cool. And I ate way more than I should have.