Recipes

Snacks

 

Roasted pumpkin & sunflower seeds   SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

Snacks can be tricky particularly if you’re looking for something healthy and tasty that requires minimal effort. Roasted seeds are a great snack full of lots of things we all know we should be eating, good oils and protein.


Black tea spring rolls Black tea spring rolls (2)

When I was invited to a good friend’s leaving picnic, this recipe jumped to mind. Baked spring rolls in crispy wrappers – my Saturday night special. Making mini rolls requires a bit more effort but the results are worth it….


Cakes and Biscuits

 

ANZAC Biscuits – a great post-race treaAnzac biscuits

These went down a treat post-race with friends from my running club – after a 10 mile race through mist and fog. These are little bits of goodness and great for replenishing your energy stores post-race.


Carrot and Pineapple Cake          20140921_125114                                                   

I never had much of a sweet tooth until I started running. And then the cake arrived and I discovered just how well cake and running go together. It’s a good treat for after with a good strong cup of coffee.


Gin and Tonic Cake 024

Generally I like to extol some of the health benefits of the recipes I post.

Initially I had a bit of a struggle. Really? Gin and tonic cake – good for you? Except of course it could make you slightly tipsy and put you on a bit of a sugar high…What did surprise me is that there are a number of reasons gin can be good for you (albeit in moderation).


Nutella and Banana cake    Nutella and Banana Cake                                         

Runners think a lot about food! What’s good for pre-running, during running, post-running and those  times we’re doing other stuff. So when thinking about a cake to make for running folk after a relay race, I did a little research on great food for runners….


Wholegrain Soda Bread After - lovely with butter and jam

I’m not a huge fan of baking – it tends to be for special occasions only  – but this is a real treat. There’s something lovely about getting your hands stuck in. This soda bread is amazing still warm dripping with butter and jam or goes well with a nice solid cheddar. It freezes well.


Main meals 

 

Homemade Baked Beans – Great for Recovery

The miles are upping and I’m focusing a little more on nutrition. As part of this, I’m getting back to cooking food with flavour that can also support recovery. I make a big batch of this stuff to have for breakfasts and after long runs to help with recovery and also to keep me happy.


Corn fritters with avocado salsa         Corn fritters with salsa                                                 

There are hundreds of recipes out there for corn fritters. This one works fantastically with a lovely salsa – great to add some avocado if you’ve got some….


Dhal  Dhal with sweet potatoes, cauliflower and spinach

As the leaves start to turn and there’s a chill in the air, it’s time to move onto hearty fare – this version of dhal hits the spot! It’s rich and filling with lots of good stuff like lentils. And so cheap for weekday meals or as part of a weekend banquet.


Ratatouille – The perfect base  Ratatouille

How do you feel about cooking after a run or the gym? Does it all seem too much? Do you end up running past the local kebab shop or pizza joint for a bite? Here’s a possible solution – the humble ratatouille – while brilliant on its own, it provides a humble foundation for much much more.


Saag Paneer

What’s not to love about this dish? Once you try it, you’ll be coming back for more.  And it’s full of lots of good stuff for runners – spinach, garlic, dairy and spices – and quick and easy to make.


 

Soups

 

Leek and Potato Soup – The Lazy Version

I’m a big fan of soup. I’m an even bigger fan if I’ve just come in from a run in chilly weather. This recipe is fast and easy to make, cheap as chips and to top it off, very very tasty.


Minestrone Soup

What I love about making a big batch of minestrone is it can last for a few days and/or can be frozen. This one is made with borlotti beans which have a rich earthy texture and will make this feel like a meal. It also has a bit of a kick with some chilli added in.


Spicy Lentil and Carrot Soup

This is a lovely quick soup to make – full of protein rich lentils and veg. It has a rich flavour that will have you wanting more. It’s a great option for a quick meal if you’re in from a run and happen to have a bag of carrots lying around. It’s also incredibly cheap to make.


Thai courgette soup Thai zucchini soup

I wanted to make a soup that was at the same time warming and refreshing to counter that feeling you get when the leaves are turning and the evenings are closing in. This soup does just that. It’s quick, it’s easy, it’s very very tasty!


Salads

 

Asian-inspired coleslaw SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERA

Running can take up a lot of time and energy. While we all know diet is crucial, it can also seem like a lot of hassle to cook and prepare. So most Sundays I take some time to prepare for the week ahead. I tend to make pretty large quantities – something for lunch; something for dinner.


Barley Salad (with spinach, feta, pine nuts and citrus) Barley salad

It’s slowly moving to Autumn, the leaves are turning and the days are getting shorter. This means moving to filling and warming meals that make the change of seasons something to look forward to…


Hot noodle salad with peanut tamarind sauce Noodle salad

This is the first time I tried tamarind, a sweet and tangy sauce that transforms these simple ingredients. While the recipe calls for quite a few ingredients and a lot of chopping, it’s well worth it….


Quinoa with courgettes quinoa-with-courgettes

I love a good bit of quinoa. I don’t go for the superfood hype … but I do think about how much protein I’m getting, particularly when training.  Quinoa packs a lovely little punch with this and lots of other good stuff.


Warm Lentil Salad

This is a heart and stomach warming salad with a lovely depth and intensity of flavour. The lentils and beetroot give it an earthiness which is then balanced out with the spinach, roast veggies and glaze. It’s also a great way to use up any leftover roast veg if you want a quick and easy version.

 

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