Pan-Roasted Tomatillo Salsa


This salsa is a homemade version of Trader Joe’s Tomatillo Salsa, and for some reason it took me a long time to start making it myself. Once I started, I can’t stop. I use it to make chicken enchiladas, fish tacos, or just eat straight with chips – (Phase 2 or 3). A great Phase 1 use would be over grilled tilapia.

Adapted from Taste and Tell and Little Spice Jar.

  • 10 tomatillos (about 3 lbs), quartered
  • 1 jalapeño, stemmed, seeded and ribs removed (keep ribs and seeds if you want it hotter)
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves (with skin)
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


1. Heat a large skillet and soak tomatillos in a large bowl. Remove the husks from the tomatillos.

2. Add olive oil, tomatillos, jalapeño and onion to the skillet. Sauté on high heat until caramelized on both sides, about 5-10 minutes. Add garlic cloves for the last minute.

3. Transfer to a blender or food processor and add in the cilantro, lime juice, salt (I prefer sea or Himalayan salt) and pepper.

4. Place in the refrigerator to chill.

Makes about 2-3 cups.


Herb-Roasted Chickpeas

Adapted from PopSugar.

To prepare the chickpeas (garbanzo), rinse and dry the beans thoroughly. The drier they are, the crispier they’ll become. I like to rub them with paper towels, and this helps to remove the papery skin.


  • 2 15-ounce can chickpeas
  • 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt, to taste


1. Preheat the oven to 400º and prepare the chickpeas.

2. Spread chickpeas on a baking sheet, spritz them with olive oil, and add the herbs.

3. Roast for 25-30 minutes.

4. Portion into 7 1/2 cup servings.

Phase 3 – Allowable Foods

Phase 3 marks the switch from diet to lifestyle, and is meant to be permanently followed in order to maintain health, energy, and consistent ratios of nutrients. One to two servings of alcohol continue to be allowed, but not suggested, daily. Similar to the previous Phases, caffeine is allowed but not recommended, and 1 tsp of sugar can be added as a sweetener. Sugar can be added up to 6 teaspoons/24 grams per day, including all forms of sugar, processed and not. Grains can be increased to four 1/2 cup servings per day, including all forms of grains. For both sugar and grain, processed foods are allowed, but not recommended.

Meals should be built with a ratio of 40% fat, 20% protein, and 40% carbohydrates. Continuing the pattern of the first two Phases, Always Hungry recommends starting with a serving of protein, adding a serving of carbohydrate (from fruits, legumes, grains, or sugars), and adding the fat in order to create a satisfying meal.

Phase 3 as a lifestyle, instead of a “diet,” allows for splurges and special occasions, without going overboard or feeling guilty.

Vegetables Fruits Sugar Grains


  • White potato
  • Fruit juices
Added sugar

>6 teas/24 g sugar

  • Brownies
  • Cake
  • Candy
  • Chips
  • Cookies
  • Custards
  • Donuts
  • Pies
  • Sorbet
  • Sugary drinks
4 – ½ c serv/day

  • Bread, all
  • Bagels
  • Buns/Rolls
  • Corn bread
  • Eng muffin
  • Pita
  • Cereals
  • Crackers
  • Pancakes
  • Pizza
  • Popcorn
  • Pretzels
  • Rice cakes
  • Stuffing
  • Taco shell
  • Tortilla
  • Waffle
  • White rice