Spiced Carrot and Cranberry Pudding with Dairy Free Whipped Cream

Happy Thanksgiving!  My favorite new healthy dish!

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Roasted Cabbage Wedge Salad

My new favorite vegetable dish! I love how simple this is and vinaigrette makes this delicious!  If your on Phase 2 leave the oil and cheese out and you have a great tasty and filling vegetable dish.

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Pumpkin Coconut Carmel Sauce

My favorite way to use this is a dip for apples.  You can also use it in coffee, on ice cream, pancakes, oatmeal or anything else you can think of!

YIELD: about 3 cups

dairy, egg, soy, oil and gluten free, vegan

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 can (13.5 ounces, or 400 ml) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup (225 g) packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup (245 g) pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • pinch cloves

INSTRUCTIONS:

All all the ingredients to your slow cooker and cook on low for 7 to 9 hours. Store in the fridge and use a few teaspoons (15 to 20 ml) in your hot or iced coffee.

prep time: 15 minutes

cooking time: 7 to 9 hours

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Maggies Cough Remedy

Just something we all need at times that I wanted to share with you. It comes from Good Food Matters!

MAGGIE’S COUGH REMEDY

  • ¼ teaspoon Cayenne
  • ¼ teaspoon Ginger
  • 1 Tablespoon Cider Vinegar (an organic one, like Bragg’s, is preferred.)
  • 2 Tablespoon Water
  • 1 Tablespoon Honey (use a locally produced raw honey, if possible.)

Dissolve cayenne and ginger in cider vinegar and water. Add honey and shake well. Take 1 Tablespoon as needed for cough. Hoo-wee.

Note: this doesn’t dissolve perfectly. Always shake well before using.

If you make this in small batches as the recipe is written, there is no need to refrigerate.

If you prefer, you may refrigerate this. It keeps as long as you need it. I like to make small batches (it is so easy to mix up.) and use it up in a just a few days.

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Cancer-Fighting Chocolate Mousse

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Pineapple Angel Food Cake

My new favorite light cupcake!  I’ve always loved angel food cake but how can just a few ingredients taste so fabulous!  It doesn’t even need any frosting.  Freeze some and pull them out later.  They taste even better the next day!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Box (1 step) Angel food cake mix
  • 1 large can crushed pineapple

Optional Topping:

  • cool whip or whipped cream
  • fresh strawberries or any berry

Method:

Put dry cake mix in bowl (do not add the water as directed on the box). Add entire can of pineapple with juice. Mix carefully until all dry mix in incorporated. Pour into either a tube pan, 9×13 pan, or cupcake pan with liners. Bake at 350 degrees for time on box for size pan (around 30-40 minutes. When sides pull away from pan and toothpick, cake is done.

Can also use low calorie cherry, blueberry, or lemon canned pie filling instead of pineapple.


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Roasted Brussel Sprouts w/ Parmesan and Pine Nuts

Brussel Sprouts are good for you but just boiling vegetables doesn’t excite me!  Here is a new way to try them that puts some excitement into it!

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Strawberry Kiwi Yogurt Pops

This is perfect treat for Phase 3.  The kiwi not only makes it look good but helps keep the stick in.

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Skillet Zucchini

For one person this is a quick and easy fix! For Phase 2 just leave out the oil and use a non stick skillet for a delicious treat.  Make some extra and try them as a snack!  They taste even better the next day.

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Skinny Pancakes

There is no white flour in these babies!A good way to start Phase 4 with some fruit on top!

Ingredients:

  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup uncooked oatmeal
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract (optional)

Method:

Put all ingredients in a blender (I use my magic bullet). Blend on high for 15-20 seconds. Spray a griddle or skillet with non-stick spray.   Add a little water or milk if batter is to thick.

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Instant Caprese Salad

Perfect for Phase 3.  The key is fresh tomatoes, fresh basil, and fresh mozzarella.

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Asian Glazed Drumsticks

Finger Lickin Good!  The glaze would also be great with thighs or wings. I served this with steamed vegetables to make this a complete low fat meal and drizzled the remaining glaze over the vegetables. Also would be wonderful over rice. Thighs would also work great in this recipe, but chicken breast would get too tough. If you must, remove chicken breast after 15 minutes, then allow the sauce to reduce down.

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Grilled Peaches with Cinnamon-Spiked Ricotta & Honey

This is a simply delicious summertime treat that is perfect for Phase 3 or if you are trying to be good.  If you like ricotta cheese you will love this!  Try making your own ricotta cheese!

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Homemade Ricotta Cheese

Homemade and natural ricotta cheese is easy to make and a fun project for someone who likes to cook. Love Grilled Peaches & Ricotta Cheese.

In summertime, when herbs are abundant and fresh fruit and berries are in season, it’s the perfect time to try this. I loved grilled peaches with ricotta cheese!

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Balsamic Strawberries with Ricotta Cheese

Try homemade ricotta cheese!

For Phase 3 just substitute the honey and sugar for a sugar substitute.  Let us know which one worked the best for you!

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Grilled Fruit Sundae

Stone fruits such as peaches and plums are made all the more luscious with a turn on the grill. Try Grilled Fruit Sundaes with Strawberry Sauce and Greek Yogurt in Phase 3

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Thai Chicken Coconut Soup

This sweet and spicy soup that is perfect for Phase 3.

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Slow Cooker Oatmeal

The secret ingredient to this along with the apples and cinnamon make this taste so creamy and delicious! Add raisins, organic coconut palm sugar, ground flax seed or chopped walnuts before serving to create an even tastier breakfast.

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Broiled Tilapia Parmesan

This is a simple, quick and tasty way to make Tilapia.  Leave out a few ingredients and it is still yummy in Phase 2.  Add some panko (Japanese breadcrumbs) for added crunch in Phase 4.

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Fat Free Creamy Herb Dip

Although sour cream as a base for a dip in Phase 3 is ok, lately I have tried to cut some of my fat and come up with better alternatives. (That way I can always have my berries and half and half).  You can also use this as a simple yummy salad dressing!

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Low Sodium Breakfast Sausage

I love breakfast sausage.  This has 25% less fat and 1/10th the sodium of store bought sausage.  Try it you’ll like it!

Minutes to Prepare: 5

Minutes to Cook: 10

Number of Servings: 4

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Apricot Almond Truffles

Made these this morning!  A delicious healthy alternative to show your valentine your love.  Loved Them!

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1 pt Peanut Butter Boulders

These are another yummy “treat” alternative that has the added bonus of only being 1 weight watchers points.  No cooking involved.  Try rolling them in coconut too!

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Pumpkin Power Cookies

Phase 4 and lifetime snack!

Wow!  A great chewy cookie with no added sugar or butter!  Not to mention I love pumpkin.  When you are craving a cookie a great alternative that definitely satisfies! Change it up with some nuts, raisins!

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Hungry Girl Kung Pao Chicken

One heaping serving of this is only 230 calories! You can make this using all different types of vegetables (beans, bean sprouts, broccoli slaw), and lean proteins (shrimp, pork tenderloin, steak, and tofu).  What a great way to get protein and vegetables! Peanuts rock the flavor!

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Thinner Caramel Popcorn

I have always loved sweet and salty things and often make caramel popcorn to give neighbors and friends at Christmas time.  This is a thinner recipe that is great and has less sugar and butter then most. Your going to love it!

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Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Fresh cranberries are so good for you.  I buy them fresh around Thanksgiving and freeze them.  This is a delicious and healthful smoothie? It has a mild cranberry flavor with hints of banana, orange, and spice. I still add brown flax seeds, psyullium husks, etc. to it and its great! For Phase 3 leave out the banana and try adding some dry non-fat milk to give it a creamy taste & texture.  Makes a great healthy holiday treat too!

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Escarole Salad with Gorgonzola-Walnut Apple Crisps

Love this warm salad in the fall. Another green for your diet that is delicious and not bitter.  Of course you can substitute it for other greens too!

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Pumpkin Dip

Happy Halloween!  You’ll actually enjoy this more with apples, carrots, or on a bagel thin (Phase 4) instead of candy and you’ll feel good when your done and you feel festive!

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Chicken Curry with Coconut Milk

This South Asian stir-fry recipe tastes great even if you switch out some of the vegetables for different ones. Increase or reduce the red curry paste to your tastes. On phase 4 try it over some brown rice.

Prep Time: 20 Min Cook Time: 25 Min Ready In: 45 Min

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Halibut Stew

I am always searching for tasty fish recipes that are easy to make.  This is delicious and something that is so simple to make.  Healthy all the way through.  Tastes even better the 2nd day too!

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Skinny Shake

I have this or a green smoothie every morning.  Not only do I love it, but it gets me the protein, energy, vegetables and fiber we need daily in our diet for maintenance.  If I keep frozen fruit in the freezer I know I always have the ingredients on hand for this one. It definitely fills you up!  I am ok having this on Phase 3 for breakfast but some people might not be. Makes a lot but I had drank a lot of it before I remembered to take a picture!

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Baked Zucchini Chips

This was a great snack that satisfied my salty-crunchy tooth! The chips are low in fat and I didn’t feel guilty eating them! I did the same procedure to a yellow squash and it worked out well. I will say that I prefer them hot, when they have a nice crunch. As they cool they get a bit softer, but that’s okay. Just pop them back in the oven the next day, and they are crispy.

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Thai-Style Halibut with Coconut-Curry Broth

Thai food with curry and coconut milk are a treat for your taste buds.  Lots of flavor, very simple dish to make, and it tastes like a gourmet dish.  I’ll use Tilapia fish because it is cheaper and it is still delicious.

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Cucumber, Tomato and Red Onion Salad

I love the summer months where I have fresh cucumbers and tomatoes.  This is a 5 star recipe from Rachael Ray that is fabulous alone, on a sandwich, or on greens.  For Phase 2 you can sub MCT Oil for the Olive Oil.  This is a keeper for my new lifestyle!

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Salmon with Summer Tomato Salsa

Easy, simple, healthy and delicious!

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Simpliest Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash is one of my favorites! It doesn’t matter what season it is, I think of this simple and yummy soup when I see one in the produce department.

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Healthy Halibut in Tin Foil Pouch

Want a delicious and easy dish to make with no clean up!  That’s what got my attention.  The combination of great flavors makes this a winner in my book.  This is a complete meal!

Ingredients:

  • 4 pieces of Halibut
  • 8 Asparagus pieces
  • 6 Baby Portabella mushrooms
  • Juice of 1 Lemon
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1/3 Cup Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Cup Blueberries
  • 1 Tsp. Garlic

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F degrees.
  2. Get too large pieces of tin foil and place them on the counter top and begin to assemble.
  3. Season the fish on both sides with salt and pepper
  4. Add 1/2 asparagus and 1/2 mushrooms.
  5. Top with a bit of lemon juice and a drizzle of balsamic
  6. Seal the tinfoil and ensure no air can get inside.
  7. Cook for 20-22 minutes.
  8. For the sauce, combine butter, garlic, balsamic, blueberries and lemon and bring to a boil and let reduce. Serve over the fish.
  9. ENJOY

Tip: Be careful opening the hot pouches as you can burn your hand quite easily. Another idea is to set the pouches on parchment or tinfoil inside the baking sheet incase the tinfoil breaks to avoid any mess.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crust

I still love Pizza I won’t lie.  I also have a new love for cauliflower.  I actually like this better then the zucchini pizza crust.  Give it a try and let me know what your favorite variation is.  It’s also a great vegetable dish without the toppings and sauce!

Tip: Works great in Phase 2 as a vegetable dish.  You just have to leave the cheese out and reduce your protein if you use the egg!

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Asian Slaw

This is a quick and simple dish with lots of flavor.  It is great to keep in the fridge as a healthy snack!

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Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

This is a real treat in Phase 3.  I like to put sugar free jam in the middle of them or you can just press them down with a fork dipped in Splenda! It’s a good thing this is a small batch.  Put in the fridge and give yourself a treat each day.

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Oatmeal Flax Pancakes

These are sooooo good and healthy.  I’m an oatmeal fan and it seems to be easier for people to digest when they are adding grains back in.  I also love a recipe that I can get some Flax Seed!

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Butternut Squash Orange Spice Cake

This is a gluten-free, sugar-free, cake with my favorite squash in it.  It is from Amy Green, author of Simply Sugar & Gluten-Free, a blog dedicated to great food made simple and a little healthier.  All of her recipes are made without refined sugars or gluten – and the best part is that you wouldn’t know it if I didn’t tell you.  The tips for baking cakes gluten-free are very important to pay attention too. This kind of cake is a  lifestyle change that supports your long term weight loss!

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Herbed Parmesan Crisps

I love these little parmesan crisps. They can be made any size or shape and make an excellent garnish for a salad or crumble into soup. They can also be shaped into a cup and used to hold a small salad filling. Try them in Cream of Zucchini Soup! I love an alternate to bread.

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Lemon Pepper Tilapia

I first tasted this as a sample at Costco.  When I asked her how she made it I couldn’t believe how simple it was. All of you who are skeptics that only like breaded fish will reconsider after tasting this.   Quick and simple, yet delicious!

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Granola

Once you start making your own you won’t go back to store bought granola again.  It is super easy to make, and extremely tasty.  Don’t try to add it till the end of Phase 4.

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Marinara Sauce

I always triple this and have it in the fridge or freezer for a quick meal on Phase 2. I love to take leftover chicken, quickly cook some cabbage noodles and pour this over the top!

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3 Fruit Protein Smoothie

I prefer fruit smoothies over veggie smoothies but I will drink both. This one is packed with my favorites; blueberries, raspberries, and cherries!  Truvia is a great sweetener to use with this in Phase 3.

I know….. cherries – they take a bit of work to remove the pits but add a great flavor. You can also use frozen ones.

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Sugar Free Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Love at first bite! Treat yourself even on phase 2.  This lifestyle change is guilt free and delicious!  You can also dip nuts in maintenance phases for a treat that supports your new body weight.

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No Noodle Zucchini Lasagna

Slice zucchini into long slices. Cook in boiling water just until limp, about 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Failure to due this step will result in a watery lasagna.

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Creamy Cauliflower Soup

A yummy creamy soup without the cream! Nothing but healthy ingredients.  I’ve fixed mine up like it was a baked potato soup but I still think it is best plain! Phase 2 adaptable. I have always been a fan of creamy soups!

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Delicious Brussel Sprouts

I either love or hate brussell sprouts based on how they are fixed.  Most people don’t describe brussel sprouts as delcious. Once you try them this way, you’ll never fix them any other way.  They are fabulous with nothing else added or I’ll use them like a noodle dish with a variety of things added to them.

For Phase 2 just use the lemon juice.  For all other phases be creative!
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Cauliflower Rice

If you like the low-carb mashed cauliflower substitute for mashed potatoes, you are going to LOVE this substitute for rice. The texture is surprisingly excellent and it is really good topped with anything you might put on top of rice. A big hit with me and a lifestyle change to get more vegetables in your diet!

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Nutter Butter Cookies

Do you love Nutter Butter Cookies? Check out the ingredients: TRANS-FATS and High Fructose Corn Syrup!

FLOUR, NIACIN, REDUCED IRON, THIAMINE MONONITRATE {VITAMIN B1}, RIBOFLAVIN {VITAMIN B2}, FOLIC ACID), SUGAR, PEANUT BUTTER (PEANUTS, CORN SYRUP SOLIDS, HYDROGENATED RAPSEED AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR SOYBEAN OILS, SALT), SOYBEAN OIL AND/OR PALM OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, GRAHAM FLOUR (WHOLE GRAN WHEAT FLOUR), PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED COTTONSEED OIL, SALT, LEAVENING (BAKING SODA AND/OR CALCIUM PHOSPHATE), CORNSTARCH, SOY LECITHIN (EMULSIFIER), VANILLIN – AN ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR.

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Orange Cauliflower Rice with Dried Currants and Almonds

Cauliflower makes a great vegetable rice-like alternative. It has a subtle nutty, slightly sweet flavor and is available year round but it’s in season and at its best from December through March. Anyway we can keep vegetables and/or raw food in our diet is a huge step in keeping it off for good. Serve this recipe as a main or a side dish, either way it is delicious.

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Single Serving Hot Cocoa

Cocoa, even the plain stuff, is relatively high in carbs, but its offset by its high fiber content. Try the variations to give it a holiday flare!

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Spinach Frittata

This is an alternative if you get tired of the meats in Phase 2 or just want a change of flavor! Consider the egg white or cottage cheese your protein.

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Sugar Free Egg Nog

Yummy drink for the Holidays without the guilt.  Test it on your friends, they won’t know the difference!

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Quinoa with Toasted Almonds & Cranberries

Quick and Easy Low Fat, Gluten Free: Even though quinoa has more fat than most grains, and almonds have fat – because there’s just a dab of oil, this is still a low fat, healthy recipe.

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Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole

I’ve loved sweet potatoes since I was a young kid.  This is a healthy yummy version that doesn’t require marshmallows on top.

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Thanksgiving Baked Chicken

Anytime of the year, this recipe gives you the taste of Thanksgiving while on Phase 2.

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Green Bean Casserole with Onion Ring Topping

This is a remake of the Traditional Green Bean Casserole many have for the Holidays.  It’s phase 3 legal and definitely worth a try.

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Grilled Herb Chicken with Vinaigrette

One thing I appreciate more now than every before are fresh herbs!  I even started my own herb garden.  Love it!

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Cranberry Orange Sauce

I’ve always loved cranberry sauce.  This takes it to the next level.  I never make cranberry sauce with sugar anymore. This has all the texture and flavor your taste buds will love!

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Cauliflower “Mac” and Cheese Casserole

I love vegetables now, but I still want them “fixed up”.  This is another great way to make cauliflower taste like a rich gourmet dish.

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“Mock” Garlic Mashed Potatoes

I have personally never gone back to mashed potatoes.  These are great and don’t give you that heavy feeling.  Most Important, I don’t gain weight! Leave a few ingredients out and they are Phase 2 legal.

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Toasted Quinoa with Chilies and Corn

Another great recipe from the Carb Lovers Diet. Quinoa is a gluten free grain that is a new staple in my diet. You’ll love this combination.  I have several friends who don’t like cumin so I left it out and used chili powder and they still loved it! The lime juice in it is awesome.

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Art Smith’s Chicken Stir Fry

Oprah’s former chef has lost over 80 lbs eating healthy and making lifestyle changes.  He also doesn’t eat carbs after 5 pm.  For Phase 2 leave out the rice, olive oil and weigh your chicken.  Phase 3 use cauliflower rice. Phase 4 you can have rice if it is the only carb for the day.  Healthy Living,  fix as is.

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Raw Apple Pie

I never thought a raw apple pie sounded good but this is soooooo good and better yet, satisfying and filling.

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All Natural Veggie Crunchers

This is my new favorite snack to replaces my pre-diet bag of chips in the pantry that always made me feel YUCK afterwards. I dearly love these, which for those who know me, that means these are the best of the best.   Try to eat your carbs earlier in the day rather than later.  These are appropriate for Phase 4 (in moderation) and Healthy Living.

I found them at Costco and in the bulk bins at Sprouts.  Let me know if you spot them some where else.

-All Natural
-Trans-fat/Gluten/Lactose FREE
-Source of: Fiber, Folic Acid, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Iron
-Low in Sodium

Ingredients: Yellow and purple sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, taro, green beans, canola oil, dextrin (from tapioca), sea salt.
Packaging Info: NET WT. 14 oz. (397g). Resealable zipper package.
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Mary’s Gone Crackers for the HCG Diet

These can take the place of Melba Toast in Phase 2.  I use these now in place of potato chips in maintenance.  They totally fill that chip craving and help keep me stable without filling guilty.  They are also great for building fantastic appetizers.  Even on Phase 2 try them with a dill pickle. You just have to limit them on Phase 2.  Would love to hear your comments on how you have used them.

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Crockpot Marmalade Curry Chicken

This comes from a year of slowcooking.  It is perfect for any phase as long as you use sugar free marmalade. I use Waldens in Phase 2.  I love coming home to something cooking in the crockpot.

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Breakfast Barley with Banana and Sunflower Seeds

Breakfast Barley with Banana and Sunflower Seeds

This recipe is suppose to have 10 grams of protein and 14 grams of Dietary Fiber!  I have learned to love barley on maintenance.  It is a very healthy grain and very good for you but be prepared for some rumblings as you get used to it.  This is a recipe that was in my Health Magazine from “The Carb Lovers Diet”.  For Phase 4 I would probably only have a half of a banana. It is better to only try one grain a day at Breakfast and see how your body reacts.

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Blueberry Oat Pancakes with Maple Yogurt

I found this recipe in my Health magazine. It is suppose to be from the new book “The Carb Lovers Diet”.  It is a perfect recipe to start with in Phase 4.  Oatmeal seems to not cause as much weight gain as other grains at the beginning of Phase 4.  If you don’t eat them all they make a great healthy snack.  A yummy alternative to Blueberry Muffins.

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Two Different HCG Grocery Shopping Lists

Dr. Simeons

I often get asked the question why are there two different grocery shopping lists.  One  is the Original Shopping List from Dr. Simeons Original “Pounds and Inches Manuscript”.  I have also taken the liberty to add a few items that help people while on the diet and a couple of items not on his list that he mentions in the Manuscript.  For example, Stevia (a healthy sweetener), Braggs Liquid Aminos (use in place of Soy Sauce), Wondercocoa (defatted powdered cocoa), teas that are helpful, sea salt, and a few cooking items. Dr. Simeons Manuscript was original published in the early 1960′s. Although we eat much differently then people did 50 years ago, it is still effective and absolutely works.  The more I have experiences with myself and others, the more I am impressed and grateful for  how brilliant Dr. Simeons was.

Dr. Belluscio

More recently,  Dr. Daniel Belluscio, who founded the oral HCG Research Center in 1987 came out in 1991 with his oral HCG Protocol. His advanced  research and studies on Oral HCG has added additional foods to the original list of Dr. Simeons.  When I wanted to help others with this program that has been a great gift and miracle to me, I paid for additional training with a company that used  his research in their program.  Through advanced research they have added some additional foods and practices, that in my opinion, make the restrictive 500 calorie diet much easier and enjoyable.  I would find it very difficult to personally go back and redo the original protocol after experiencing the advanced research version.  You can find the updated and Advanced Shopping list in the Wave to the New You Store under cooking and is called the  Advanced Research HCG Dieters E-Cookbook for a nominal fee.  I purposely separated them so people would understand that they are two different protocols with the later having additional choices in the food list.  I have experienced the same results on both! For me and others, the advanced list makes a huge difference for those who struggle with the limited vegetables on the original list.  Just like learning to cook well and finding oil and lotion alternatives, small things make a big difference.

Hopefully this will help clear up the confusion and educate you on one of the reasons you hear different food choices.  If not, make a comment and we will go from there.

Note: Phase 1 – Detoxification was also not in the original protocol.  Once again, 50 years ago, our diets where much different and we did not have all the processed,  chemically laced,  hormone injected, genetically modified foods that are part of our daily diets.   Today, if you look at the research on health issues and diets, you start to understand the value and health benefits of doing some form of detoxing to improve many aspects of your health and well being.  The more I study and learn the more I am convinced that the HCG Diet is one of the healthiest ways to loose weight.  It also has empowered me to learn why I crave things and that we are not just heavy because we are weak willed.  Their are also physiological things that are going on in our bodies that we can do something about to change our cravings and to keep our weight off long term.


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Apple Berry Cobbler

“Keeping the weight off long term is about making lifestyle changes.  This is one of the recipes that allowed me to do that. When others are having a dessert, I have a dessert for myself that is yummy and guilt free”

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Machaca Con Huevos

Machaca Con Huevos

Machaca is beef that has been marinated, cooked, shredded and then dried. It is very similar to beef jerky. It is available in the Hispanic section of large supermarkets or in Mexican grocery stores. Yummy with fresh homemade salsa. Continue reading

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Smoothie Combinations

Smoothie Combinations

I’ve had people come by for lunch and I didn’t have enough of one fruit to make a double serving.  So I would combine my fruits.   I really enjoyed the variation but I would do it only once in a while.

Caution:  With some people combining fruits stops their weight loss. Be aware and if you are not losing, stop combining.

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Flavored Stevia Soda

Sparkling Water Drinks

TIP: These help a lot when you are craving soda and trying to avoid it.

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Fresh Strawberry Sorbet

Fresh Strawberry Sorbet

One of my absolute favorites!  Simple and delicious! I make this in my Silver Bullet.

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Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie

Strawberry Chocolate Smoothie

I love my blender and Silver Bullet on Phase 2!

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Lemon Cucumber Punch

Lemon Cucumber Punch

I was so “wowed” with this the first time I had it I was sure it had sugar in it!

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Sugar Free Lemonade

Sugar Free Fresh Lemonade

Add some lemon slices and mint leaves for a really cool drink!

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Sweet Caramel Coffee

TIP: At Walmart in the coffee section you can also buy DaVinci Sugar Free Gourmet Flavored Syrups. They come in Caramel, Kahlua and Hazelnut. Torani Sugar Free Syrups can also be used. These are great added to Tea or Coffee for a sweet treat or anytime you want something between meals.

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Frozen Cafe Coffee

Drinks always help to fill you up!

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Cajun Fish

Cajun White Fish

Tip:  This will work for chicken too!

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Curry Onion Fish

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Skillet Fish and Spinach

You can never eat to much Spinach!

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Cajun White Fish

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Spaghetti-Less Meat Sauce

Spaghetti-Less Meat Sauce

Another version for you that is a great meal to make ahead of time to take to work or to have in the freezer for a quick meal.

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Spaghetti Meat Sauce

Spaghettiless Meat Sauce

The fresh tomato’s really make this a flavor blast. Even better if you use fresh herbs.

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Texas Oven Roasted Beef Brisket

Texas Oven Beef Brisket

Tip:  I make this rub up in a ziplock and use it on my steak, hamburgers, etc.

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Cooking Tips – Beef

Just a few tips I have found helpful cooking Beef on Phase 2!

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Cooking Tips – Chicken

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Tomato-Balsamic Barbecued Chicken

Tangy and good.  Great for leftovers.  The sauce it makes is great on vegetables.

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P.F. Chang’s Lettuce Wraps

Lettuce Wraps

I’ve tried several versions and like them all!

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Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken

Great to use the leftover sauce for fish the next day!

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Crunchy Sweet Apple Chicken Salad

Chicken Apple Salad

Another version of Chicken Salad with a different taste!

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Apple Cinnamon Chicken

Tip:  I always sprinkle extra cinnamon on my salad!

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Apple Celery Chicken

“This is one of my absolute favorite dishes. My body actually craves this regardless of the phase I am in”

TIP: This is a great dish to put in a gladware and take to work.

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