By Terri David
Making easy HCG meals is so beneficial to the success of the HCG diet and weight loss program. If you are like me, running around, taking care of kids, or busy with work and life, you really need to have a method of making this program simple to ensure your success.
I call this my five-minute-meal section. My life can get very busy with my 2 kids, dog, (guinea pig and goldfish too) as well as work. I am sure your life can get busy too. My hope is that the diet information on this page can give you some tools to make meals super fast so you don't get overly hungry and you increase your odds of staying on the program.
I am quite frugal so when the boneless, skinless chicken breast go on sale, I buy the large family pack. I also buy the individually frozen bag of tilapia.
While you are at the grocery store, also stock up on some wax paper (I use the waxed deli sheets that are precut) and some gallon size zipper bags.
Tools you need: Foreman Grill, kitchen scale
Once you have your chicken and supplies, here is what you do:
Using your kitchen scale, measure out 3 ounce portions of the chicken breasts. This may take a bit of trial and error until you can get the hang of what 3 ounces looks like.
Wrap each 3 ounce piece (or a couple of pieces that equal 3 ounces) into a piece of wax paper. Be sure it is large enough to wrap around the chicken twice - this help with making it easy to separate when frozen.
Place each wrapped piece into the plastic zipper bag until it is full and place in freezer for future use.
Quite a bit easier than the protein. I buy cherry or grape tomatoes which are great for on the go and save in food prep time. As for the cucumber, I usually will get the smaller pickle size cucumbers, again, easy for on the go or in a hurry food prep. I also will eat a lot of mixed greens when on the HCG diet program.
Tools: Kitchen Scale, Salad spinner
You can approach the mixed greens one of two ways, buy the prepackged greens and just grab from the bag or buy the greens in bulk.
When buying the greens in bulk, you can prepare them by chopping or tearing them into bite size pieces. I would wash and rinse mine in a salad spinner, drain and refrigerate.
When you are ready for your meal, take out a piece of chicken or fish from the freezer, set it on the foreman grill, season and cook for about 5-6 minutes. I then leave it on the grill a little longer so it finishes cooking without the higher heat. This keeps it from overcooking and drying out, yet making sure it is cooked thoroughly.
You can eat 3 ounces of tomatoes or measure a couple of cucumbers or you can measure out your 3 ounces of greens and eat fresh with a touch of lemon juice. If you prefer your greens cooked, place in a pot with a little water on the bottom, turn on high heat for just a couple of minutes until wilted, drain and season with liquid aminos (a healthier version of soy sauce).
Prepping your meals in advance will save you time, energy and frustration. You can check out some easy HCG meal plans on our sample menus page.
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