Phase 3 Roasted Vegetables Dish –
Super YUMMY- Super SIMPLE!
So many other veggies can be added but Pictured is Zucchini and Mushrooms
Phase 3 Food Question –
I can’t stress enough how much I love it, that you actually care about people who write to you…
I wanted to ask you, since I am soon going to enter phase3. And I don’t have meat or eggs or fish being a vegetarian. Is it ok if I start having whole wheat pasta, or brown rice, lentils, or something and can I use olive oil for cooking, or the Pam sprays or something? Because now I’m going insane without any decent hot cooked food! I can’t live on spinach soup and yoghurt as on HCG VLCD phase2…..please help….
My Answer –
What I think you will love instead of the whole wheat pasta, or brown rice, lentils is roasted vegetables.
This is so simple to make!
I put a variety of broccoli, zucchini, mushrooms, and on occasion asparagus (though for you that veggie you may want to take a break from) and I will add red, yellow and orange bell peppers (not spicy) sometimes. Then I drizzle olive oil over the top (I still spray the platter I use with the Pam Spray to keep the vegetables from sticking and make clean up easier) add minced garlic and sprinkle with either kosher salt or sea salt. Put it in the broiler for approx 8 min. then stir around and broil for another 5 min. The tops will look grilled – YUM!
When my son sees what I’m eating he always says” you are going to eat all that?” It’s SO good!
If you are not vegetarian like the sweet person who asked this question you can also add shrimp, strips of cooked chicken breast (no skin) or lean steak, even feta cheese. I prefer feta because it is better for you than basic cheese. You don’t need to add much at all and when added to this dish it gives a nice tanginess to the overall flavor of the dish.
Another side note – I have tried this using MCT oil. It wasn’t that it was bad but MCT doesn’t like extreme temperatures so the vegetables end up being drier and the MCT oil kind of “smokes away” during the broiling process.
**If you are a Phase 2 person in the more liberal protocol that allows more vegetable selections than Dr Simeons’ original protocol (I have heard of plans that people that are going to HCG clinics are doing that also include Broccoli etc.)You can simply swap out the olive oil for the MCT (though the mct doesn’t work as well)or omit the oil and drizzle with water for added moisture.