In this article, we're tackling one of the most exciting areas of the HCG diet - recipes!

Recipes are a fun way to unlock the full potential of the HCG diet. With any diet that is especially restrictive, you want to find ways to add variety to your meals and break up the monotony of your eating schedule. This lets you choose fresh and exciting options, and it keeps you motivated.

Food List For Maximum Weight Loss

The Challenge with Recipes

HCG recipes are a particular challenge because they have to conform to one of the strictest diets out there.

To get a good idea of their full potential, we'll start by outlining the foods you can eat on the HCG diet. We’ll look at an HCG food list and outline the basics of an HCG meal plan. By understanding your limitations, you can unlock the full potential of the HCG diet!

After that, we’ll break down each recipe by category and reveal how you can add ample variety and excitement to a traditionally restrictive diet.

The Key to HCG Recipes

Your food list (LINK to article I wrote about HCG food list) is going to be your guiding light for deciding what you can eat on the HCG diet. When most people refer to a "food list," they are talking about the list of approved foods during Phase 2 of the HCG diet.

First, let's run down a list of approved foods on the HCG diet. Then, we'll examine how it will fit into your meal planning.


You’re allowed 200g of protein - 100g during both lunch and dinner - during Phase 2 of the diet. The approved proteins are as follows:

  • Lobster
  • Whitefish with skin removed
  • Buffalo
  • Extra-lean beef
  • Egg whites
  • Scallops
  • Chicken
  • Crab
  • Shrimp


Fruits are restricted due to their caloric and sugar content. You can eat two servings of fruit each day - one per meal - and you can choose from the following options:

  • Apple
  • Grapefruit
  • Strawberries
  • Orange
  • Lemons
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries


You can consume two cups of vegetables per day. The following choices are permitted:

  • Asparagus
  • Cabbage
  • Beet greens
  • Chard
  • Chicory
  • Lettuce
  • Radishes
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Spinach
  • Fennel
  • Mixed greens
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomatoes


Starches are very restricted on the HCG diet, with only one piece of plain melba toast or one grissini breadstick allowed per day.

Other Foods

There are a few other approved foods you can use to supplement your diet or add flavor to other dishes.

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Moderate use of Stevia
  • Salt, pepper, and natural herbs & spices
  • Amino acids
  • Coffee
  • Mustard powder
  • Herbal tea

Alternative Ingredients

Obviously, the above food list is quite restrictive. It's important to remember the HCG diet was originally created in the 1950s. As a result, it doesn't include many modern aspects of people's diets.

Nowadays, many will add several alternative ingredients to their HCG dietary plan. So long as the ingredient remains consistent with the basic principles of HCG (low fat, no carbs, no butter, oils, etc), it could be considered a viable option.

There are too many alternatives to list here. Many HCG recipes might contain some of these ingredients. If you're in doubt, search to see whether the ingredient is generally considered HCG friendly so you don't have to worry about breaking the diet.

Putting it All Together

There are also specific guidelines as to when and how you should consume your food; the food list isn't even the full story.

It helps to visualize the food list in terms of a meal plan. Based on this meal plan, you can understand how to properly portion dishes and which ingredients you are able to add.

Here’s a typical meal plan during HCG Phase 2:

  • Breakfast includes only coffee or herbal tea. There is the option to flavor with Stevia if needed.
  • Snacks are optional. If you choose to snack, you can have one of your two daily servings of fruit.
  • Lunch consists of 100g of your protein option, one cup of approved vegetables (most HCG plans do not allow you to mix vegetable types at meals), and one serving of fruit. You can also choose to have your one allotted carb during lunch.
  • Dinner includes the same breakdown as lunch.
  • Your optional evening snack can include one serving of fruit if you have not already eaten both.

This is your life during Phase 2 of the HCG diet. It's quite limiting, but tasty recipes can make it easier. Let's check some out:

HCG Diet Recipes

We've broken down our recipes based on different sections of your HCG meal plan. We'll start with protein options, look at side dishes, and then check out either fruits or desserts.

HCG Diet Recipes

Protein Recipes

Remember when cooking proteins that the HCG diet only allows 100g per meal! Here are some awesome recipes that utilize the allowed list of proteins for maximum flavor.

Lemon Tilapia

You’ll need:

  • 100g tilapia
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Combine all the ingredients and wrap them in tin foil. Preheat the oven to 400F. Bake for 5-10 minutes until the fish "flakes" apart with a fork.

Barbecue Chicken

You’ll need:

  • 100g chicken breast.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Barbecue sauce

Directions: Mix the spices together in a bowl and season the chicken with the spice mixture. Cover it with tin foil and bake for 20 minutes at 350F. Baste it with BBQ sauce and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal heat of 165F.

Beef Kebabs

You’ll need:

  • 100g extra lean steak.
  • 1 bell pepper (most consider bell pepper an acceptable substitute)
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Cube the steak and season with spices. Slice the bell pepper into squares. Alternate the steak and pepper on a skewer. Cook on medium-high until the steak reaches an internal temperature of 145F (for medium steak). NOTE: This counts as a protein and a vegetable serving.

Beef Meatballs

You’ll need:

  • 100 g extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 Melba toast - crushed
  • Pinch of each - oregano, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, cajun seasoning, and red pepper flakes

Directions: Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Roll them into meatballs and place them on a parchment sheet. Preheat the oven to 425F and cook for 8-10 minutes. Let them cool and serve. NOTE: This counts as a starch serving.

Rosemary Chicken

You’ll need:

  • 100 g chicken breast
  • Poultry seasoning
  • 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Season the chicken with the spice mix. Cover it with tin foil and bake at 350F for 20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.

Veggie Recipes

Next up, we have the veggie servings! Here are some fun ways to add variety to a typically bland side dish:

Cucumber Salad
  • 1 small cucumber
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1 tbsp fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Slice the cucumber and toss it with the remaining ingredients. Chill for one hour and serve.

Roasted Lemon Cauliflower
  • 1 serving cauliflower
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: Break the cauliflower into bite-sized pieces. Toss the cauliflower with lemon juice and salt and pepper. Roast it for 25 minutes at 425F until golden brown.

Baked Asparagus

You’ll Need:

  • 5 stems of asparagus (1 serving)
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp each of dried basil, thyme, and oregano
  • Pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions: Combine the spices in a bowl. Brush the asparagus with lemon juice and sprinkle on seasoning mix. Lay them on a baking sheet. Cook for 10 minutes at 400F until the asparagus is lightly browned.

Fruit/Dessert Recipes

Baked Apples

You’ll Need:

  • 1 apple
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • Stevia to taste
  • Salt to taste (use very little)

Directions: Cut a hole in the apple, starting from the stem. Cut a circle around the stem and remove. Use a spoon to dig out the seeds. Squeeze lemon juice on the outside and inside of the apple. Mix the spices and Stevia, and sprinkle outside and inside the apple. Bake the apple at 375F for 30 minutes. The apple should be cooked and tender, but not mushy.

Strawberry Smoothie
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1 handful of frozen strawberries (1 serving)
  • Large pinch of powdered Stevia

Directions: Combine the ingredients in a blender. Blend to desired consistency.


Although HCG is a restrictive diet, you can craft a variety of different recipes with a little creativity to keep your meals fresh and unique. They can be frozen, prepared in bulk, or taken out the day of. HGC isn't an easy diet, but these recipes can go a long way to making it much easier.

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