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perez228
03-13-2013, 08:29 AM
Spaghetti squash is listed as a non-starchy vegetable but is it allowed in Phase 3? I've always used it in place of pasta but for some reason I always feel like I'm "cheating" when eating it.

Sadie
03-13-2013, 09:36 AM
Although some squash is considered starch this one does well for those on Phase 3. Give it a try no earlier than the end of the 2nd week of Phase 3.

insanebassman
03-13-2013, 10:06 AM
Hate to admit to being bad, but we tried that Monday... Alton Brown Style, with just EVOO, Salt and Pepper to bake, made our own sauce and then simmered our steak in the sauce. Added the cooked squash "noodles" simmered and it was AWESOME. (I know, a few days early, but it was on the list :) )

Sauce: (All sugar free of course)
Tomato Sauce
Diced tomatoes
Saute'd Onions, fresh garlic, red bell peppers and baby portabelo mushrooms in EVOO
Oregano, Basil, Rosemary, Sage, parsley, crushed red pepper,sea salt, black pepper

Saute the veggies that are listed with saute'd list until nicely caramelized
Pour in diced tomatoes, simmer a bit
pour in tomato sauce and all spices, simmer for about 20 minutes.
Grill steak portions, dice and add to sauce.
Spoon out Spaghetti squash into sauce pan and pour simmered sauce out of the saute' pan over the spaghetti squash. Simmer just a little more.
We had ours with a side of Grapefruit.
Enough left overs for 2 more meals at least. (Or lunches)

Sadie
03-13-2013, 10:32 AM
James, if it didn't affect your weight then you are ready for the recipe. Keep in mind that women will be more sensitive than men. It sucks but it is the truth.

insanebassman
03-13-2013, 11:44 AM
It did not affect me, and Crystal is staying steady as well. She is more solid at LDW than I am! That is what I get for mutant style losses :)

perez228
03-13-2013, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the recipe James - it sounds fantastic! I've had spaghetti squash with a simple olive oil/garlic/parmesan cheese sauce, a pesto sauce and a plain marinara. I loved them all! I grew up in an all-Italian family so pasta was almost a daily staple growing up. It's been very hard to give up for me but pasta does bad things to my hips :)

insanebassman
03-13-2013, 01:26 PM
Always happy to share!
I put the full recipe here after posting the above part: http://community.yourhcg.com/showthread.php?t=6138

I think pasta is one of my Achilles heels as well. The discovery of Spaghetti squash, thanks to both my wife reading Hungry Girl and Alton Brown having it on a show, has made it easier. I am also experimenting with an egg wash on egg plant discs to make ravioli... and egg plant pan fried "chips" or "Crisps" .

perez228
03-13-2013, 01:59 PM
Oh please share if you're successful! I just saw a recipe for "squash chips" that you bake in the oven - slice yellow or zucchini squash with a mandolin slicer, salt them and put them on a sprayed or olive oiled pan and bake them in a 200 degree oven for 3 hours. I can't wait to try these - I start P3 on Friday....come on Friday!!

nancybaggot
03-13-2013, 08:03 PM
If you like eggplant, I roast thin slices in the oven with evoo, salt, pepper and then use it in my long standing lasagna instead of noodles and it is awesome!!! I really do not miss the pasta at all anymore. I never have problems with spaghetti squash, yellow squash and zucchini early in P3, since I cannot eat peppers.

LadyAjax
03-15-2013, 03:33 PM
Have you guys tried Kale chips? I made some on Monday for a special presentation at our homeschooling co-op, but wasn't able to eat them (was weaning and not quite to P3 yet) but I went and got another batch of kale so I can make some now that I'm fully into P3.

There are tons of recipes out there, but from memory: basically you cut off the big vein from the kale and rip all the leaves into 2" pieces. In a large bowl, put 1-2 Tbsp olive oil, and a little salt (I also put some garlic and onion powder in - you can season your "chips" however you like... ranch dressing powder, chipotle, red pepper, etc.).
make sure the spices are all incorporated into the oil. then toss kale in bowl with oil. It doesnt' take very much, but you do want to gently massage the leaves to make sure they all have a sheen of oil on them. Then lay them out in a single layer and bake them at 375 for about 7-15 minutes, watching carefully along the way. You may need to take some early crispers out as they get done, because they don't taste as good if you allow them to get brown.

LadyAjax
03-15-2013, 03:37 PM
If you like eggplant, I roast thin slices in the oven with evoo, salt, pepper and then use it in my long standing lasagna instead of noodles and it is awesome!!! I really do not miss the pasta at all anymore. I never have problems with spaghetti squash, yellow squash and zucchini early in P3, since I cannot eat peppers.
Nancy, I'm sure I'm not reading this right, but are you saying that you CAN eat squash BECAUSE you cannot peppers? ;)

nancybaggot
03-15-2013, 07:22 PM
Jacque, I love the kale chips and your recipe is spot on. I really oversalted them the first time I made them, but they are definitely a winner for me.

The squash and peppers probably only made sense to me. I love peppers, but they do not like me, so I avoid them. Squash and zucchini I eat all the time early in P3, sauteed with onions and butter. I think zucchini is not recommended until P4, which never made any sense to me, so that is one thing I do not follow and never had a problem stabilizing during P3. But I cannot recommend them to others becasue it really is against early P3 protocol. Does that make better sense?

Jstahl
03-25-2013, 09:26 AM
Hi I've lost 60 lbs on hcg. was off the diet over the holidays and fell into old ways. went back on the old drop formula and lost 20 lbs. Now I am on the last day of weaning and I am so worried that I am going to make a mistake! I know that I am going to eat low carb, but any help you can give would be great!

Sadie
03-25-2013, 10:02 AM
J, please read the instructions for Phase 3 which is listed as the first topic under Phase 3. It will guide you into Phase 3 and the first week or so. Then, stay plugged in here we will make sure you make it through without a problem. Don't worry we have your back.