Recipes for Phase 2 of the hCG Diet Protocol - for any version of the diet
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After slicing up sirloin, soak in a ½ cup water + ¼ tsp baking soda solution for 15 minutes (significantly tenderizes tough/lean cuts of meat). THOROUGHLY rinse afterwards in a mesh sieve or colander. If there is still time while doing the other steps of this recipe, sprinkle raw, patted dry beef strips with ½ tsp salt and let sit until ready to add to pan.
Heat a large pot over medium heat. Spray with 1 spritz coconut oil spray (AP) or add 1-2 tbsp chicken broth (SP)
Add the onions to the pot and sauté for 10 minutes, stirring frequently to prevent sticking. Part of the key to browning/caramelizing onions without oil is to only add them to a hot pan, then let them sit on the hot pan until they are browning without touching, then stir and periodically add only a tbsp or 2 of broth or water at a time to prevent burning and to deglaze. The onions brown at a higher temperature than water boils, so if the pan is constantly in too much moisture, then onions will have hard time getting to browning point. Only add enough periodically to prevent burning.
Add the thinly sliced sirloin to the pan and season with the thyme, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Continue sautéing for 5-7 minutes, until cooked through.
Deglaze the pan the with the balsamic vinegar, then stir in the beef broth, braggs aminos, and water.
Add the bay leaf and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
Remove the bay leaf before serving.
Macros listed are for SP version.
French Onion Soup w/ Beef - SP/AP
Amount Per Serving
Calories 180Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g9%
Total Carbohydrates 8g3%
Dietary Fiber 1g4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
with coconut oil spray - per serving: ½ recipe | 190 cal - 24 protein - 7 fat - 8 carbs - 7 net carbs ||