I was playing around in the kitchen on St. Patricks day and got all inspired with a new recipe for Phase 2 of the HCG Diet. I created my Lemon Pepper Beef and Cabbage recipe for the HCG Diet Phase 2. Now I love the taste of fresh ground black pepper and I really wanted to capitalize on that amazing, peppery flavor. Any black pepper will do but I have to say, if you can, go get yourself some whole black peppercorns and a grinder. I promise that you won’t ever go back to a regular ol pepper shaker from the grocery store. There is a reason that my cookbooks are called the HCG Diet Gourmet Cookbook. At the end of the day I’m such a foodie and translated that love of food to Phase 2 of the HCG Diet.
Thought I would share this recipe with you today. It’s so delicious that I swear I could eat it every day. Now I made mine with lean ground beef (7% or less on Phase 2) but you could also make it with lean chunks of beef or even substitute chicken. The tangy, peppery flavors really help you feel like you’ve eaten something decadent. Decadent is a word not often used to describe the food choices on Phase 2 of the HCG Diet but I’d say they apply with this recipe.
Brown the ground beef with the onion. Pat off any excess oil carefully. Sprinkle spices on the meat and add beef broth, bay leaf, and lemon slices. Bring to a boil and add cabbage and water. Sprinkle liberally with fresh ground pepper and simmer until water is absorbed and the pan begins to brown. Add a little more water to deglaze the pan and continue cooking until cabbage is tender and most of the liquid is absorbed again. Remove lemon slices and bay leaf and serve hot. Garnish with a lemon wedge and additional black pepper.
Yum! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it. Enjoy the recipe and good luck to all of you with your diet!