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P2 hCG Diet Recipe | French Onion Soup w/ Beef | LSP + SP + AP
After slicing up the sirloin, soak it in a ½ cup water + ¼ tsp baking soda solution for 15 minutes (significantly tenderizes tough/lean cuts of meat). THOROUGHLY rinse afterward 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 a ½ tsp salt and let sit until ready to add to the 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 the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 10-15 minutes.