hCG Diet Recipes – You can eat fantastic food while you’re on the hCG Diet AND reach your weight loss goals

As a personal chef, I’m accustomed to revamping recipes to fit my clients needs. So when I started losing weight on the hCG Diet Protocol, I got busy looking through my personal collection of over 1,200 recipes to see which ones I could modify and came up with hundreds of hCG diet recipes. Check out my HCG Diet Journey on YouTube, if you’re interested.

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Recipes for all Phases of the hCG Diet Plan

Phase 2 Recipes

Even though Phase 2 is restrictive, in calories, fat, and carbs, there are a myriad of ways you can jazz up your hCG diet recipes and meals. The Phase 2 (P2) hCG diet recipes have been tested in my kitchen for myself, my clients, and my friends.

After you’ve been on Phase 2 for a while it can be a challenge to figure out just what you can have and not have on Phase 3 (commonly known as P3). To be sure, no sugar, no starch may sound like easy rules, but sometimes not that easy to do with a typical recipe. Many of my Phase 3 hCG diet recipes are innovative and different, but I also have some tried and true, good old American style dishes up my sleeve.

Phase 3 Recipes

Transitioning into Phase 3 of the Protocol can be tricky.  For 21 days following your last VLCD (very low calorie day) you will increase your caloric intake, but you cannot have any starches or sugars.  Many people choose to eat the same foods they ate during Phase 2, only in larger quantities.  You can’t eat unlimited calories on Phase 3 either.  Eat the amount of calories that would be sufficient for you to maintain your current weight. Remember, the key is not to gain or lose more than 2 lbs in a given day on Phase 3.

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Here are some of  my favorite Phase 3 hCG Diet Recipes:

Breakfast:  Vegetable FritattasFruit SmoothiesPhase 3 French Toast.

Lunch:  Tarragon Chicken SaladSouthwestern Turkey Burgers,  Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Dinner: Twice Baked CauliflowerMoroccan Spiced Pork TenderloinChicken with Roasted Red Pepper SauceBalsamic Citrus Glazed SalmonGreen Beans AlmandineCreamed Spinach.

Basically, I want to make it easy for you to stick to the HCG Protocol and never be at a loss for what to eat, whether you’re Loading, on Phase 2, Phase 3, or Phase 4. There is something for everyone here. If there’s a recipe you’d like to see featured, please leave a comment and tell me about it.  I’m always looking for new hCG diet recipes to feature on this site. For more inspiration, check out this video I made that shows an easy way to prepare several of your hCG diet recipes at one time.

Twice baked cauliflower

Different Protocols

Since I started hCG several years ago there was only one real guide to how to do the hCG Protocol, and that was Dr. Simeons Pounds and Inches manuscript. Today, there are many updated protocols, (some with expanded food lists, some that allow more than the original 500 calories) that you can follow. My website has recipes from a lot of different protocols. I am in the process of organizing them so that you can choose the recipes that are right for the protocol you are on. Currently, I am on the Thin Deluxe Protocol, and I find that is working great for me, but if you are doing a different protocol (Dr. Simeon’s Original, 800 calorie, Dr. Lipman‘s, whatever), you’ll find some recipes here that you can use. The differences in the protocols mainly apply to Phase 2, the weight loss phase of the diet, so my Phase 3 recipes will not be categorized; however, I am looking into adding some hCG diet recipes that are good for the Paleo diet both for Phase 3 and Phase 4, as many people are finding that Paleo is the way to go for their lifelong maintenance.

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How to find the recipes you need

The recipes are categorized by Phase and by food category in the right hand column, and you can also search for recipes by using the search box just above the categories or by clicking on the hCG Diet Recipe Index link in the navigation bar.

hCG Diet Menus

In addition to fabulous and easy to follow recipes, I am sharing some sample menus and shopping lists. I  think it’s important to see what a real person eats on a day-by-day basis on this protocol. We get stuck in a rut with our eating habits, not only while on the protocol, but in general.  I find it helpful to see what others are eating–perhaps you will too. You can find some sample (Simeon’s Protocol) hCG Diet Menus here. And if you’re interested in the Thin Deluxe Protocol, here’s a sample menu and shopping list.

Please leave me a comment and let me know how you like my recipes!


  1. diet tips

    Hola! I’ve been following your site for some time now and finally got the courage to go ahead and give you a shout out from Lubbock Texas! Just wanted to tell you keep up the fantastic job!

  2. Anna Hubbell

    Hellow! I herd about HCG drop, so I just cought them so just going to start today. my sister took it and WOW! it dose work!

  3. supercharged hcg review

    And here I am thinking that these type of foods should be avoided. Goodness, good thing I read this post to be able to see your recipe. I am not following any diet plan. I’m up to the point where I would just eat fruits.

  4. Diane

    Hello Toni, I just ordered the HCG and my sister will also be doing the diet plan also. I’m a type 2 diabetic and need to lose about 50 lbs so that I can get off of some or all of the meds. Sick of the doctor fussing at me at my visits. I have watch ed some of your cooking videos and everything looks and sounds so tasty. Any suggestions for P1 dishes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance. I work full time in an hospital 70% sitting at a pc all day.

  5. Toni Post author

    Hi Diane, before I answer, I need to find out what you mean by P1. Some people call the weight loss phase P1, some people call the loading phase P1, and some people call the detox phase recommended by Kevin Trudeau P1. Complicated, I know–I’m sorry.

  6. Michelle

    Hello Toni,

    I’ve been on the HCG from Rebekah’s Pure Living for 5 days. I gained 2lbs during Days 1/2 with the high fat foods and have only lost 1lb. I’ve seen your other post and it looks like the homeopathic lines are not what they say they are. Is this a fair statement or do some people stall in the beginning and see results a little later? Thank you!

  7. Toni Post author

    Michelle, I think that SOME homeopathics are not what they say they are–which is why they brought the wrath of the FDA down on hCG. How many days have you been doing the very low calorie phase? In most cases you lose the MOST in the first week of the diet. I haven’t heard of anyone stalling in the beginning. The one homeopathic that I know works is Buckeye Nutritionals, because I tried it myself.

  8. Lidia

    I tried this diet a year ago and I lost about 10lbs (down to 132, 5’6″) but I must say that I did cheat a few times… Maybe that’s why I didn’t lose more. Anyway I tried it to lose some weight before I got pregnant thinking I wouldn’t be so big at the end (I was wrong). I tried Liquid HCG drops (that’s the name of the company) and I wanted to try something different that works…. Can u recommend a brand/site ?

  9. Toni Post author

    Lidia, Sorry I didn’t reply sooner. The closer you are to your goal weight the slower the weight comes off. If you want to do homeopathic, I recommend Buckeye Nutritionals. They have pellets and drops. If you decide to order, be sure to enter TTS1 as the affiliate code. http://www.BuckeyeNutritionals.com I trust this company and the product, but I still prefer injecting the actual hormone.

  10. j

    Thanks for your reply, One last question I want to start the diet now but the holidays are approaching I dont want to do the HCG diet Dec 23-26 I’m wondering how I can start the protocol now and break for the holiday and resume without gaining back what I lost. I was thinking 20 days VLCD w/HCG, 3 days VLCD no HCG, break Dec 23-26, On Dec 27 start a new 20 day protocol do you think it will work or should I just postpone until after Christmas.

  11. Toni Post author

    J, I’m sorry I didn’t reply earlier–I think maybe I answered your question by mail. Got sick right after Thanksgiving and just now recovering! Let me know what you decided to do.

  12. jesseatone

    Hi Toni! Love your website and especially your 20 meals in 45 minutes — excellent!
    One question: You use red and green peppers, yet as I understand they are not allowed in P2, is that correct?
    Comment: Tomatillos are Not related to tomatoes. The tomatillo (Physalis philadelphica) is a plant of the nightshade family, related to the cape gooseberry. And, I also agree with you that because of the low sugar and carb content, they should be fine to experiment with on P2.
    Keep up the good work! You are definitely one of the most professional chefs providing HCG recipes. Warmly,

  13. SC

    Hello. This is my second try at HCG. My first round didn’t go very well as I lost up to 4kg initially but ended up gaining back up to 3 kg! Just wanted to ask where you got your actual HCG from. I’ve seen many advertisements linking to nuimage but I feel that they are extremely expensive.

  14. Toni Post author

    I get my pharmacy grade hcg online at reliable rx pharmacy. I think three vials are around $50 something.

  15. Toni Post author

    Sherilyn, there are pros and cons (for me) for either method. With the pellets you take them fewer times per day, but they are very tiny and hard to get out of the bottle without touching them, which is what is recommended. With the drops you have to remember to take them more times in a day.

  16. Momma Green

    I am looking for a recipe for a chicken salad sandwich spread that is acceptable for phase2. Do you have any suggestions for a dressing I could mix with my shredded chicken breast? Then I could eat it on a bed of lettuce with my melba toast. You could even include a chopped apple in the chicken salad.
    Thank you so much for all the time you have taken to help the rest of us out. I am hoping to find enough family friendly recipes that I can start feeding my 4 girls the same foods I am eating.

  17. Toni Post author

    Not really… Chicken salad would need “something” to hold it together–mayo is not allowed–there’s probably a zero calorie Walden Farms product (but I hate those!) Maybe my readers have some ideas?

  18. Jenny

    What do you know about Walden farms dressings and 0 calorie 0 fat products? Are they HCG approved? Do you know how they might effect the diet?

  19. Toni Post author

    I think in limited quantities they will not affect the diet. I’ve heard of many people using them. Personally, I can’t stand them–they taste awful to me.

  20. Toni Post author

    Trying to remember. I chopped the shrimp in the food processor. Probably crushed a breadstick, and possibly used a little egg white to hold them together. For the meatballs and crab cakes, a reader suggested I press them into a mini muffin tin and bake. That way you don’t have to worry about them falling apart.

  21. Robin

    I’m a vegetarian but have gotten sick and gained weight .Is it possible for a vegetarian to do HCG

  22. Toni Post author

    I had a good friend who was a vegetarian who did the diet and she did well. Lost about 15 pounds in 21 days. She found a veggie based protein shake (I forget what it was) and she used that for her protein. She didn’t eat eggs.

  23. Lyla

    I was going to ask the question. My normal protein that I use is plant based 120 calories with 21 grams of protein low sugar it has stevia in it. Can this be used in Phase 2

  24. Toni Post author

    This is a shake, Lila? I would try it–it’s close enough to the hCG diet shake and also the Jay Robb egg white shakes that people use.

  25. Alicia

    Hello, I am debating between which drops to buy. I have about 15 pounds that I want to lose…any suggestions?

  26. Toni Post author

    Alicia, have you done hCG before? Either one will be fine if you only need to do one round–hCG deluxe or Thin Deluxe. I lost 14 pounds in 21 days. If you had more to lose I would say go with the Thin Deluxe because you can be on them longer.

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