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hCG Phase 2 3 4 Cumin-roasted cauliflower with prawns

Now, this is one versatile and amazing recipe.  It is bursting with flavour, and best of all you can substitute the prawns with chicken or beef 🙂

I love it, and think you will too.

INGREDIENTS

  • 11/2 large heads cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp coriander seeds
  • 1/2 tsp dried chilli flakes
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil, melted
  •  himalayan salt and black pepper
    FOR THE PRAWNS:
  • 2 Tbs coconut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 red or green chilli, finely chopped
  • 400g whole prawns, heads removed
    FOR THE DRESSING:
  • 1/2 cup hCG homemade mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup fat free yoghurt
  •  juice of 1 lime
  • 2 tsp stevia
  • 5g fresh coriander, chopped
  • baby radishes, to garnish

Method

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Preheat the oven to 200ÂşC. Place the florets on a roasting tray, sprinkle with spices, drizzle with coconut oil and season to taste. Roast until crispy and golden brown, about 30 minutes, then remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly.

For the prawns: heat the coconut oil, garlic and chilli in a pan, toss in the prawns and sautĂ© until pink and cooked through – season well.

For the dressing: Whisk together all the ingredients, then season.

To serve: Place the roasted cauliflower on a platter, top with the prawn mixture and serve warm, drizzled with dressing, and serve with baby radishes on the side.

 

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hCG phase 2 3 4 Beef Scallions and Red Bell Pepper Sauté

I’m a lover of stir fried veg and meat, and this is one I constantly use and refer back to  – I often use other herbs or spices to come up with a different flavour.
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Style: American
Cook Time: 10 Minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 250 gms fillet Steak or Ostrich Fillet or any cut of beef or ostrich you like
  • 1/4 cup chopped Scallions or Spring Onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped Sweet Red Peppers
  • 1/4 cup shredded Mozzarella Cheese

DIRECTIONS

  1. Sauté beef that has been cut into strips in oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat for 1- 2 minutes.
  2. Add scallions and red bell pepper. SautĂ© until beef is browned and peppers are soft. Add salt and pepper to taste. Drain any excess fat.
  3. Place meat mixture on a plate. Immediately sprinkle with cheese and allow to melt.

hCG Phase 2 3 4 Curried Cauliflower

I’m always looking for different ways to prepare my veg, and this is one dish I came accross, tried out, and thoroughly love.

Hope you like it too.

Ingredients

1 large head cauliflower, broken into small florets

1 can weighless cream of chicken soup

3/4 cup homemade hCG mayonnaise

1/4 cup skimmed milk

2 teaspoons curry powder

10 melba toast

1/4 cup melted coconut oil

Directions

Preheat oven to 175 degrees C.

Place cauliflower in a steamer over 1 inch of boiling water, and cover. Cook until tender but still firm. Drain, and place in a greased casserole dish.

In a large bowl, mix together soup, mayonnaise, milk, and curry powder. Pour over cauliflower. Crush the melba, and mix with coconut oil. Sprinkle over cauliflower.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes.

If single, portion it out and freeze the rest.

hCG Phase 3 and 4 Vietnamese prawn & papaya salad

INGREDIENTS

1 cup bean sprouts

1 cup green papaya (peeled and flesh julienned)

1 small cucumber, sliced thinly

2-3 hot small chillies small, finely diced

1 teaspoon grated ginger

2 cloves of garlic finely minced

2 tablespoon low sodium fish sauce

4 tablespoons lime juice

2 tablespoons stevia liquid

ÂĽ cup unsalted roasted macadamia nuts, chopped

1 long red chilli, deseeded and julienned into long thin strips

½ cup coriander leaves

3 Thai shallots or small red onion, peeled and finely sliced

½ cup mint leaves

½ cup basil leaves

½ cup mint leaves

15 large cooked king prawns, peeled and deveined

METHOD

Place the garlic, chilli, ginger and sugar in a mortar and pestle of food processor, then add in the lime juice and fish sauce.

In a large bowl, add in the bean sprouts, long red chilli julienne, green papaya, cucumber, coriander leaves, Thai shallots, both mint leaves, Thai basil and the dressing to taste.

Serve on a platter with prawns and finish with toasted peanuts and fried shallots.

Note

Now you can also always adapt this recipe for phase 2 by leaving out things that are not allowed in that phase and adding in things that are.

 

hcg Phase 2 3 4 Tenderised Steak in Paw Paw Marinade

Instructions

  1. Slice the paw paw in half or in quarters if necessary, and remove the seeds and then mash it up using a fork or potato masher.
  2. Mix the remaining ingredients together with the paw paw or papaya in the bowl.
  3. Place the steak into the marinade, ensuring that the mixture soaks into the meat.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for no more than two hours as longer will cause the meat to tenderise too much and start to disintegrate.
  5. Remove from the marinade and braai over hot coals for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the steak

hCG Phase 3 4 OVEN FRIED GREEN TOMATOES

Another classic Southern dish right hereeeeee!

Ingredients

  • 4 green tomatoes, sliced thinly, about 1/4 inch
  • 1 1/4 c almond flour
  • 1 t onion powder
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t cayenne pepper
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 c water
  • coconut oil
  • s&p

Method

Put your oven on broil and place the rack on the second shelf from the top. You want to cook the tomatoes through while simultaneously browning the coating without burning. Too close and you will certainly burn the tomatoes (take a look at the ones on the back of the plate). I used 2 baking sheets for all the tomatoes, but you could use one, and do a switch-a-roo so you only have to clean one pan. Lightly drizzle the baking sheets with olive oil.

Get out two soup bowls (I was going to say cereal bowl, but thought better of it). Mix the eggs and water in one and the almond flour and seasonings in the other. Place the tomato slices in the egg then in the almond flour. Place the tomatoes in a single layer on the baking sheet and drizzle the tops with a bit of coconut oil.

Broil for about 6 minutes on one side, then flip and brown the other side, about another 6 minutes. Sprinkle with a bit of salt right when they come out of the oven. Serve hot.

hCG Phase 2 3 4 Fish Soup in Tomato-Saffron Broth with Broccoli, Cauliflower and Cabbage

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 white or yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 2-4 garlic cloves, chopped or sliced
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes (no salt added) with liquid or 4-6 fresh tomatoes, chopped with liquid
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley
  • 4 cups of water
  • Generous pinch of saffron threads
  • 450gms fish (skin removed) such as salmon or firm, white-fleshed fish like Pacific halibut, tilapia, or Pacific cod cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 head of cauliflower or broccoli (or a combination) broken into small florets
  • 2 cups thinly shredded cabbage
  • Salt to taste
  • Optional addition: 1 can of coconut milk

Instructions:

Melt coconut oil in a deep, heavy pot over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté a few minutes. Add garlic and sauté just one minute more then add tomatoes and tomato paste, dried dill and fresh parsley. Simmer rapidly, stirring often, until the tomatoes have cooked down a bit, about 15 minutes.

Add water. Bring to a gentle boil then add saffron. Simmer gently with a cover for 30 minutes. Add salt to taste.

Get your steamer going and steam broccoli and/or cauliflower until tender but not mushy.

Add the fish to the broth and simmer without a lid for 3-5 minutes. Stir in coconut milk if using. Ladle over steamed veggies. Garnish with cabbage.

hCG Phase 3 and 4 Raw Zucchini, carrot and cashew salad rolls

These are a hit at any function!!!  Everyone just loves them, so why not go healthy at your next function.

Salad Filling

3 medium organic zucchini, shaved thinly lengthways

½ organic carrot, julienned or grated

½ organic red capsicum, julienned or finely sliced

1 organic lebanese cucumber, julienned or finely sliced

¼ cup organic  coriander leaves

ÂĽ cup organic mint leaves, roughly chopped

Cashew Sour Cream

1 cup raw organic cashews, soaked a few hours or overnight

ÂĽ teaspoon sea salt

½ tablespoon organic lemon juice (or cider vinegar)

¼-½ cup filtered water

Guacamole

1 ripe organic  Avocado

2 tablespoons organic red onion, finely diced

½ lime, juiced

Dash of Tabasco, to taste

Salt, to taste

 
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Salad filling

 

In a large bowl, gently toss the salad to combine.

* can add rocket leaves to the salad for a peppery bite.

 Cashew Sour Cream

 

drain the cashews, place nuts in a food processor add remaining ingredients then puree until smooth. Refrigerate until needed.

 

To Assemble…To make one roll… on a clean bench or chopping board lay approx. 8 zucchini strips lengthways and close together, spread a spoon of each sour cream, guacamole and top with a small handful of salad and roll up tightly.  Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut in half and eat straight away!

Dairy-free ways to thicken foods without wheat

Going gluten-free, and dairy-free, does not signal the end of life as you know it. Ok, yes it does (but that’s a good thing!) This lifestyle is so much more exciting than the one you had before – experimenting and whipping up magical dairy- and grain-free masterpieces can be so much fun!

With these options at your pantry’s disposal, you can cook your way to nutrient-rich dishes with ease.

Pan reduction.

The best way to thicken a sauce or gravy is to let it reduce until it thickens on its own and then to whisk in some chilled rendered fat, from chicken, beef or pork at the end. The rendered fat can be used to replace butter, but it should also be added in its solid state, so chill it in the fridge until solidified.

Egg yolk.

Not only will eggs become your best-Banting-friend, but the yolk works wonders for making delicious and silky cauli-mash.  Eggs can also thicken up a “creamy” sauce. Add a touch of coconut cream or coconut milk to your egg yolk and whisk it together. Add the egg mix to the dairy-free sauce and heat it on low so that the sauce thickens without becoming curdled.

Xanthan gum.

A little goes a long way. This can add body to sauces and act as a binder in baking. But be careful of adding too much, as it goes jelly-like when added to liquid. A bit on the tip of a knife should be plenty.

Psyllium husks.

This soluble fibre not only increases the fibre content to your diet, but it is a great binder to crackers and breads. This also goes gelatinous when added to liquid, which is why it works wonders as a binder in savoury baked goods, but can be a little tricky to work with. For best results buy the whole psyllium husks and grind them in your coffee grinder, for a less gelatinous feel.

Pureed veggies/fruit.

Pureed pumpkin/sweet potato/potato/cauliflower/tomato/banana/apple – pureed vegetables can be used to thicken soups, and stews, whereas pureed fruit can add volume to batters. Pureed pumpkin and sweet potato can add moisture to cakes.

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hCG phase 2 3 4 Low-Carb Cauliflower Hash Browns

Delicious cauliflower pancakes that you can enjoy by themselves or with homemade mayonnaise or a hearty salad, or serve as a side dish, just like hash browns.

Ingredients

450 g cauliflowers

3 eggs

½ yellow onion, grated

1 teaspoon salt

2 pinches pepper

110 g coconut oil for frying

Instructions

Remove the cauliflower leaves and shred an appropriate amount of cauliflower coarsely. Save the rest of the cauliflower for another time.

Mix the shredded cauliflower with the other ingredients in a bowl and let sit for 5–10 minutes.

Melt a generous amount of coconut oil on medium heat in a big sauce pan. The cooking process will go quicker if you plan to have room for 3–4 pancakes (about 3–4 inches) at a time. Use the oven on low heat to keep the first batches of pancakes warm while you make the others.

Place mounds of the grated cauliflower mix in the frying pan and flatten them carefully until they measure about 3–4 inches in diameter.

Fry for 4–5 minutes on each side, adjust the heat so that they don’t burn. Be patient, if you flip the pancakes too soon they may fall apart.

Serving suggestions: Enjoy them as they are with homemade mayonnaise or spicy butter and leafy greens. Or have as a side dish, a great option to hash browns.