Fighting Middle-Aged Spread with HCG

HCG is the topic of the day over at Parlez Moi Blog since Ann Chambers is the guest blogger. The article talks about the inspiration for her diet guide and recipe book 35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes.

Here’s the beginning:

It’s stunning how middle age can creep up on a person. And with every year, a couple more pounds. Last year I went to the doctor for a checkup and the first thing the mean nurse did was weigh me. If any doctors are sitting around wondering how to get people to stop dreading doctor visits, I recommend cutting out the weigh in. It’s a start, at least. Let us lie to you. Just ask us what we weigh, then add 20 pounds. You’ll be close.

Anyway, at that weigh in, I was shocked to discover I had passed my all-time peak weight, which was set 22 years ago when I had twins. Something had to give. But with middle age came a thyroid problem that made losing weight extremely difficult. Nothing seemed to really work.

The rest of the article is here: Parlez Moi Blog is the creation of author Kathleen Valentine and it features her fiction books as well as her family cookbook and several knitting books and original patterns.

Any readers who are interested in the HCG diet will find helpful articles, bonus recipes, and downloadable HCG diet tracking and shopping forms here at the Lakehouse Publishing blog. Just click on the HCG category to have a look. And come back soon because we are adding more content regularly.

35 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes is available online for only 99 cents at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, Kobo or Smashwords.



Orange Tea HCG Ice Pops

Constant Comment tea is a favorite around here, and it makes a great beverage while doing the HCG diet. Constant Comment has an orange spice flavor to it. It comes in caffeinated or de-caf versions. For those who enjoy sweet tea, try adding Orange flavored liquid Stevia. It’s delicious hot or iced.
To make HCG ice pops, brew Constant Comment and add liquid Orange Stevia. Taste to ensure tea is strong and sweet. Once frozen, it won’t taste as strong or sweet. Pour into ice pop molds or small cups. If improvising with small cups, cover with small pieces of foil, cut a slit in the foil and insert sticks. The foil will hold the sticks upright. Freeze until solid, at least 4 hours.

Steakhouse Buffalo Burger makes a special dinner, even on a diet (HCG)

The best diet dinner for a romantic holiday like Valentine’s Day or an anniversary is our Steakhouse Buffalo Burger! It’s a smaller version of dinner at a steak restaurant and the buffalo meat is delicious and very filling. You’ll feel like you cheated even though you didn’t! This recipe complies to the HCG Protocol. If you are following a less stringent diet, you could make the burgers a bit bigger or add other vegetables to the side. When working on a low carb maintenance, we like to put a dollop of bacon grease in the pan to saute the vegetables and add a few ounces of sliced cabbage. Mmmm.

Steakhouse Buffalo Burger

Dinner for two

7 ounces ground buffalo

4 ounces sliced baby portabella mushrooms

4 ounces chopped sweet onion

1/2 teaspoon onion salt

1 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

Mix onion salt, 1/2 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt into buffalo meat, then divide into two patties. Cook over medium high heat in nonstick skillet until almost cooked through. Slide burgers to side of skillet and place mushrooms and onions on the other side. Add 1/2 teaspoon garlic and herb seasoning and 1/2 teaspoon seasoning salt. Stir to distribute seasonings and cook until onions clarify.

(Ground buffalo is available at many upscale grocery stores. It is very lean and much tastier than the lean hamburger meat. Buffalo meat has great taste and texture. It generally comes in one pound packages. For ease of preparation, you can double the meat spices in this recipe and divide the meat into five patties. Cook all patties together, removing those that are not needed when they are almost cooked through. Refrigerate and reheat later. It’s best to cook the onions and mushrooms fresh when you reheat the burger. Use about 2 ounces of mushroom and 2 ounces of onion per burger.)


HCG Garlic Shrimp

This recipe is from 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes, which also includes an overview of the diet and directions for following the diet.

This delicious recipe is also great for anyone trying to maintain a low-fat or low-carbohydrate diet. For anyone not on the HCG diet, this dish is delicious with expanded vegetables. Feel free to add your favorite vegetables found in Asian dishes, such as carrot slices, edamame, water chestnuts, or baby corn. Also, a splash of Teriyaki adds an extra delicious dimension. (These additions are not allowed on HCG.)

Garlic Shrimp

2 ounces cabbage, shredded

2 ounces onion, diced

3-3.5 ounces shrimp

1/4 teaspoon garlic & herb seasoning mix

1/4 teaspoon seasoning salt

1/4 teaspoon roasted garlic or minced garlic

Pepper, to taste

1/2 teaspoon rice vinegar, optional

1 tablespoon water

Combine all ingredients except rice vinegar and roasted garlic in a nonstick skillet or sauce pan over medium heat and cook, stirring occasionally until cabbage is softened a bit but not soggy. If you prefer your cabbage a bit crunch, hold it out until onion begins to clarify. When other ingredients are cooked, add roasted or minced garlic and stir through, cooking another minute or so. Be careful not to brown or scorch the garlic.

If using raw shrimp, put them in skillet first until they turn pink and then add remaining ingredients. To keep the dish hot while eating, pour it into a small bowl. For extra zing, add a splash of rice vinegar and stir to mix.

Tips and Options: If you aren’t a big onion lover, try this dish with 3 ounces shredded cabbage and 1 ounce diced onion. You will have slightly more volume of vegetables and still have plenty of taste! You could even make the dish with 4 ounces of cabbage and no onion. The garlic keeps that taste going!

Recipe – C.C.’s Salsa

We think is the best Salsa recipe around! It’s great by itself with chips, on any Mexican food, or to spice up your HCG meals! In the winter, when the fresh tomatoes lack flavor, try using 3 or 4 cans of tomatoes with few or no fresh tomatoes. Still delicious!

C.C.’s Salsa
16 medium tomatoes (whole or diced canned tomatoes may be substituted)
2 14.5-oz. cans stewed tomatoes
1 medium to large onion
1 tablespoon sliced red jalapeno peppers (mince them)
3 tablespoons granulated garlic (can use minced garlic, but granulated is better)
1-2 tablespoons salt, to taste
1 bunch of cilantro leaves, no stems

Blend ingredients together in food processor. This works better if you chop the onion, and run it through the processor with some tomatoes for liquid. If your onion is too hot, a dash of sugar may be added to offset.

Taste it after it is all blended and stirred together. Depending on your tomatoes, you may want a bit more salt and garlic. A sprinkle of garlic salt over the whole batch may be just what is needed if it isn’t extremely delicious.

Makes about a gallon. Lasts at least a week in refrigerator. Recipe can be cut in half, but this stuff is addictive and you will likely wish you had made the full recipe!

This recipe is included in 25 Quick & Easy HCG Recipes and Touchdown Treats!