Meaty Tomato Sauce
Phase: Low Calorie Phase Course: Main Course
This recipe is safe for Phase 2 of the HCG Diet and counts as 1 meat serving and 1 vegetable serving while on the HCG Diet.
Easy recipe.... Almost tastes like spaghetti sauce but it is HCG Diet safe! Most store-bought tomato sauces contain sugar, preservatives, or other ingredients that could stall your weight loss. This recipe teaches you how to make your own HCG Diet safe tomato sauce. We hope you like it!
- 1 large red tomato
- 1 tbsp water
- 100 grams (3.5 ounces) extra lean ground beef*
- 1 tsp garlic, minced**
- ¼ tsp garlic powder***
- ¼ tsp onion powder***
- ¼ tsp ground basil
- ¼ tsp ground oregano
- ¼ tsp ground parsley
- ¼ tsp fine sea salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
Cut the tomato into several small pieces.
Add the chopped tomato and the water into a non-stick sauce pan.
Cover and cook on medium heat for about 5-10 minutes, occasionally stir and gently smash the tomato.
After the tomato is cooked and softened; add the contents to a blender and pulse until it has reached the consistency you prefer.
Return the tomato sauce mixture back into the sauce pan and add the seasonings: garlic powder, onion powder, basil, oregano, parsley, sea salt, and pepper to the sauce pan. Stir well.
Cover and let simmer over low heat for 20-30 minutes to thicken.
In the meantime, add the lean ground beef to a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Gently break-apart the meat with a spatula. As the meat cooks, continue to break it apart until you are left with several small pieces.
After the meat is properly cooked; combine the meat with the tomato sauce mixture and heat on low for an additional 5 minutes for the flavors to combine.
Remove from heat, let cool slightly, transfer to a serving dish, and enjoy!
*Use extra lean ground beef while on Phase 2 of the HCG Diet (10% fat or less). For this recipe, we used 93/7 percent ground beef and it was delicious.
**While on the HCG Diet you should always mince fresh garlic, rather than pre-minced garlic from the grocery store. Most pre-minced garlic contain preservatives. To be on the safe side... mince your own fresh garlic cloves for the best possible weight loss.
***Not all garlic powders and onion powders are safe for Phase 2 of the HCG Diet. Check the ingredients and avoid anything containing sugar, starches, oils, preservatives, and words ending in -ose, -tol, or -dextrin.