HCG Diet Recipes
Phase 2 & Phase 3 Recipe List

Oh great, another salad…. NOT!

I know from personal experience just how painful it is trying to adhere to the strict diet requirements on P2 while also trying to be creative. HCG Phase 2 recipes can be super bland, right?

Before We Start: A Note About HCG Recipes

As you surely know already, the HCG diet is complicated. So complicated that many people have different approaches to this rapid weight loss diet. I’ve written these recipes to be in accordance with Phase 2 & 3 of the diet, but you’ll have to double-check to be sure that it matches your specific HCG diet requirements.

The original HCG diet called for 500 calories/day during phase 2, but some choose to have a higher caloric intake during phase 2 (with the 800 calorie version being the most popular alternative). Whatever your diet plan, adjust the following recipes accordingly.

If you haven’t decided on your HCG diet plan yet, then check out our comprehensive guide to the diet. Otherwise, let’s jump into some recipes. We’ll start with soups.

Soups


Basil Tomato Soup

HCG diet recipe for basil tomato soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 3 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes
  • 6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
  • ¼ tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Pinch of marjoram
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of black pepper

Directions

In a food processor, process all ingredients until smooth. Then, transfer to a saucepan and bring to a gentle boil. Lower the heat and simmer for about 20-30 minutes. Serve hot garnished with parsley or basil.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 288; Total Fat: 4.8 g; Carbs: 17.2 g; Dietary Fiber: 4.4 g; Sugars:10.7 g; Protein: 44.4 g; Cholesterol: 108 mg; Sodium: 140 mg

Celery Soup

HCG recipe for celery soup

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil
  • ¼ teaspoon thyme
  • 3 stalks celery
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of pepper

Directions

Cook celery until tender; transfer to a blender and add spices and broth; blend until smooth. Return to the pan and simmer for about 20-30 minutes.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 81; Total Fat: 2.8 g; Carbs: 2.6 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g; Sugars:1.6 g; Protein: 9.9 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 1540 mg

Chicken


Garlic Roasted Chicken

Chicken recipe for the HCG diet

Ingredients

  • 100 grams chicken breast, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Directions

Marinate chicken in wet ingredients; mix Melba crumbs with dry spices and rub into chicken. Place chicken in a baking dish, and add in the marinade. Top with garlic slices and bake in a 375°F oven for about 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Serve garnished with parsley.

Phase 3 modifications: Drizzle chicken with olive oil before cooking and top with parmesan and bake.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 282; Total Fat: 5.1 g; Carbs: 21.9 g; Dietary Fiber: 1.5 g; Sugars:3 g; Protein: 34.3 g; Cholesterol: 77 mg; Sodium: 458 mg

Mexican Cilantro Chicken

HCG diet chicken recipe

Ingredients

  • 100 grams chicken, diced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped red onion
  • ¼ clove garlic, minced
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • Fresh chopped cilantro
  • Pinch of cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Directions

Brown chicken in a splash of lemon juice; stir in chicken broth, more lemon juice, and spices, then cook until chicken is cooked through; stir in cilantro and tomatoes and continue cooking for 5-10 minutes more.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 210; Total Fat: 4.5 g; Carbs: 8 g; Dietary Fiber: 2.3 g; Sugars:4.8 g; Protein: 33.1 g; Cholesterol: 77 mg; Sodium: 654 mg

Beef


Roasted Beef & Apple Skewers

HCG diet recipe for beef kabobs

Ingredients

  • 100 grams of lean beef, diced
  • ¼ onion petals
  • 1 apple, diced
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 3 tablespoons apple cidervinegar
  • ½ cup beef broth
  • Pinch of stevia

Directions

Marinate meat in vinegar, broth, and spices and arrange it alternatively on skewers with onion petals and apple. Barbecue until cooked through, basting frequently with the remaining marinade. Heat the remaining marinade until thick and use it as a dipping sauce.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 330; Total Fat: 7.3 g; Carbs: 31.7 g; Dietary Fiber: 5.4 g; Sugars:23.7 g; Protein: 33.4 g; Cholesterol: 89 mg; Sodium: 452 mg

Fajitas

HCG diet recipe for fajitas

Ingredients

  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 ½ cups water
  • 3 cups chopped tomatoes
  • ½ cup chopped red onion
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon oregano
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Pinch of salt & pepper
  • Lettuce Leaves

Directions

In a saucepan, brown onions and beef; drain and rinse. Stir in the remaining ingredients and simmer for about 20 minutes; transfer the mixture to lettuce and roll to wrap. Variation: use ground turkey or chicken instead of ground beef.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 253; Total Fat: 7.5 g; Carbs: 9.4 g; Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g; Sugars:4.8 g; Protein: 36.2 g; Cholesterol: 101 mg; Sodium: 92 mg

Fish & Seafood


Baked Fish With Asparagus

HCG diet recipe baked fish with asparagus

Ingredients

  • 100 grams white fish
  • ½ red onion, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 stalks asparagus
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons caper juice
  • ½ cup vegetable broth
  • Bread crumbs
  • Parsley
  • ¼ teaspoon dried dill
  • Pinch of tarragon
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Directions

Layer asparagus and fish in a baking dish; mix spices and broth and add to the baking dish. Sprinkle with crumbs and bake at 350°F for about 20 minutes or until fish is cooked through. Serve topped with cooking sauce, parsley, and garnished with lemon wedges.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 125; Total Fat: 2 g; Carbs: 15.3 g; Dietary Fiber: 1.3 g; Sugars:3 g; Protein: 21.4 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 565 mg

Sautéed Snapper with Lemon Sauce

Sautéed Snapper with Hot Lemony Sauce for the HCG diet

Ingredients

  • 100 grams red snapper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh caper juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ cup vegetable broth
  • Dash of cayenne
  • Dash of onion powder
  • Dash of garlic powder
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Directions

Mix liquid ingredients with spices and add fish; cook for about 5-10 minutes and serve.

Phase 3 modifications: Add a tablespoon of unsalted butter.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 148; Total Fat: 2.3 g; Carbs: 1.5 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.2 g; Sugars:1 g; Protein: 27.9 g; Cholesterol: 47 mg; Sodium: 254 mg

Salads


Apple & Asparagus Salad

HCG diet recipe for apple and asparagus salad

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, diced
  • 8 stalks asparagus, chopped
  • 1 red onion, minced
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon or garam masala
  • Stevia
  • Water
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Directions

Allow asparagus to marinate in vinaigrette for about 10 minutes. In lemon juice, sauté asparagus until cooked lightly. Mix with spices, onion, and apple; then, add stevia, salt, and pepper. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes. Serve hot as a side dish or as a salad.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 276; Total Fat: 3.2 g; Carbs: 32.3 g; Dietary Fiber: 6.3 g; Sugars:24.4 g; Protein: 30.7 g; Cholesterol: 77 mg; Sodium: 223 mg

Apple Slaw

HCG diet recipe for apple slaw

Ingredients

  • ½ head cabbage
  • 1 apple diced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cidervinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Pinch of mustard powder
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Stevia
  • Pinch of salt & pepper

Directions

Shred the cabbage and mix with spices and lemon juice. Marinate for at least 30 minutes. Add apples and cinnamon.

Phase 3 modifications: Stir in Greek yogurt or mayonnaise.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 156; Total Fat: 1.9 g; Carbs: 32.2 g; Dietary Fiber: 12.1; Sugars:17.8 g; Protein: 2.7 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 245 mg

Dressings


Mustard Dressing

HCG diet recipe for mustard dressing

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos
  • 2 tablespoons homemade mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Pinch of turmeric
  • Stevia
  • Water

Directions

Mix spices with liquid ingredients thoroughly and heat over low heat in a saucepan. Add more vinegar or water to obtain the desired consistency.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 23; Total Fat: 0.3 g; Carbs: 3 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.5 g; Sugars: 1.2g; Protein: 0.6 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 9 mg

Sweet & Sour Salad Dressing

HCG diet recipe for sweet and sour salad dressing

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • ½ packet stevia
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

In a small bowl, whisk together all the ingredients until well blended. Drizzle the dressing over salad greens, stir fry, or spinach.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 5; Total Fat: 0 g; Carbs: 0.4 g; Dietary Fiber: 0.1 g; Sugars: 0.1g; Protein: 0 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 235 mg

Appetizers, Desserts & Snacks


Apple Chips

HCG diet recipe for snacks apple chips

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, sliced thinly
  • A dash of cinnamon
  • Stevia

Directions

Coat apple slices with cinnamon and stevia and bake at 325°F for about 15 minutes or until tender and crispy.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 146; Total Fat: 0.7 g; Carbs: 36.4 g; Dietary Fiber: 6.8 g; Sugars:26.4 g; Protein: 1.6 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 10 mg

Apple Slices With Cinnamon Sauce

HCG diet recipe for apple slices with cinnamon sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 apple, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Dash of nutmeg
  • 1-2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • Powdered stevia

Directions

Heat apple slices and liquid ingredients in a microwave, stirring, until thick. Serve with apple slices.

Phase 3 modifications: Mix lemon juice and spices and whisk in butter, add vanilla or rum.

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 144; Total Fat: 0.8 g; Carbs: 36.1 g; Dietary Fiber: 6.8 g; Sugars:26.4 g; Protein: 1.6 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 10 mg

Drinks


Orange Strawberry Smoothie

HCG diet smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup fresh orange juice
  • ¾ cup crushed ice
  • 1 packet stevia
  • 1 handful spinach leaves (optional)

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Enjoy!

Nutritional Information per Serving:

Calories: 87; Total Fat: 0.2 g; Carbs: 21.6 g; Dietary Fiber: 3.2 g; Sugars:15.9 g; Protein: 0.6 g; Cholesterol: 0 mg; Sodium: 1 mg

Orange-Ade

HCG diet drinks recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 Orange, peeled and sectioned
  • Ice
  • 8 drops vanilla crème Stevia
  • Water, as needed broth

Directions

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

HCG Diet Meal Plan Hacks

We hope that you’ve found plentiful options on our list to enjoy. We know that finding an HCG diet recipe can be tough, which is why I’ve tried to include plenty for you to choose from.

But even when you find the right recipes, sticking to the low-calorie HCG diet is tough. 500 calories per day can seem pretty daunting, and that’s why I’ve written this section. I’m going to give you some hacks for sticking with it and seeing results.

Plan & Prep

Two essential strategies to conquer the HCG diet are effective planning and preparation. It can be quite a difficult diet, especially during phase 2. Planning your meals can be a great way to simplify this complicated process, so you can keep your focus on meeting your goals.

I suggest you plan a week ahead of time. Set aside sometime during the week when you know you have free time (perhaps Sunday afternoon) and make a meal plan for the week. Use my recipes above, and you can get it done quickly.

Effective planning takes the stress out of the day-to-day, and you don’t have the added burden of deciding what you’re going to eat each day. Because let’s face it, you don’t need any added stresses during this time.

You can even supplement your meal planning with meal prepping! Pick up some meal prep containers, and make some of the above recipes in bulk. All these recipes will keep quite nicely if stored properly, and you’ll save a lot of time by making it all at once.

Meal planning & prepping might be your key to success.

Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

No pun intended! The fact is that the HCG diet is difficult, and there isn’t any escaping that fact. For this reason, many find it helpful to slow things down. Try to take your mind off the big picture, and focus on just today. The task is a lot more daunting if you view it as a whole. Get through today, and focus on tomorrow.

The HCG diet is as much mental as it is physical, and gaining this perspective is crucial to meeting your goals.

But, if you’re struggling to the point where you hit a plateau, try to break through it with an apple day. An apple day works quite well for many, as it acts as a sort of “mental reset”. You don’t have to think, plan, and organize, because you only have one food available to you.

Going Forward

Thanks for reading!

If you're a little unsure of exactly what you can and can't eat on plan on the VLCD diet phase of the HCG diet, you can see my list of approved foods you can eat in phase 2 by checking out this post. And for even more HCG recipes, click here.

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Michelle Hannan

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