Coming up with Phase 2 recipes is challenging. I mean, I can always throw meat on the grill and serve it up with a pile of veggies. That is a no brainer and exactly what is called for during Phase 2. But when I do that it does not fulfill the creativity of creating a meal that I crave so I find it more challenging, then, when I have to put on my thinking cap and cook up a good meal within the guidelines.
Haylie Pomroy comes to the rescue with many ideas but even she is scant on Phase 2 recipes. However, I did find this soup that appealed to me and we had it for dinner last night. I adapted the recipe slightly, halving it from the original and using Gourmet Garden pastes instead of fresh and/or dried ingredients. Making only half the recipe provided me and my husband with a great dinner and lunch the next day.
Haylie Pomroy had named this Southwestern Beef Soup. I'm not quite sure why but I'm guessing because of the chiles and the cilantro. I am naming my version Beef and Cabbage Soup. Next time I will omit both those ingredients and add 1 T. of Italian Herb Paste, a bay leaf and an extra clove of garlic to suit my family's taste. I may make this during phase 3 and add a can of tomatoes to it as well.
Beef and Cabbage Soup
slightly adapted from The Fast Metabolism Diet
1 lb. stewing beef
1/2 red onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 (4 oz) can chopped green chiles
1 t. cilantro paste
1/4 t. chile pepper paste
1 head cabbage, roughly chopped
1 (32 oz) box organic beef stock
salt and pepper to taste
Place all ingredients into a slow cooker and cook on low heat for 6-8 hrs. Stir, taste and season as necessary before serving. Print Recipe