Recipes

I'm not fantastic in the kitchen by any means so I don't get overly creative with my food very often but here are some of my regular go-to recipes. Some are my own and some are from other people.
 
Protein pancakes (serves 2)
 
I love protein pancakes as they taste like you're having a naughty treat but actually they're just so tasty and good for you.
 
1/2 banana
1 scoop unflavoured protein powder
2 eggs
Chia seeds
Coconut oil
 
Toppings: Berries & agave nectar sweetener
 
Instructions: Mix the banana, protein powder, eggs and chia seeds. Use coconut oil in a heated pan to cook in. Poor in the mixture and cook each side for about 20 seconds. Repeat until you've used all the mixture and then top with agave nectar sweetener and berries (or any other healthy topping of your choice)
 
Breakfast pancakes (serves 2)
 
This recipe is courtesy of my personal trainer Michael Barrett and I will have generally have these once a week as a change from eggs for breakfast.
 
1/2 banana (or 1 teaspoon of cinnamon)
50g oats
100g cottage cheese
2 eggs
Coconut oil
 
Instructions: Mix the banana (or cinnamon), the oats, cottage cheese and eggs. Use coconut oil in a heated pan to cook in. Poor in the mixture and cook each side for about 20 seconds. Repeat until you've used all the mixture. I often have these on their own as the banana and cottage cheese means they're not dry at all but you could top with a healthy sweetener and fruit.
 
 
 
Turkey mince meatballs (serves 2-4)
 
This recipe is from my Shredded Chef recipe book written by Michael Matthews although I have amended it slightly. I love it as it's really easy and turkey mince is so good for you.
 
500g turkey mince
2 egg whites
1 teaspoon paprika (I changed to this from the recipe book)
1/4 cup oats
1 tablespoon chia seeds
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
 
Instructions: Pre-heat the oven to 200 degrees. Coat a baking dish with coconut oil. Mix all of the ingredients together. Roll the mixture into balls and place in the dish. Cook for about 7 minutes on each side or until the meat is no longer pink in the centre.
 
 
 
Protein truffles (makes approximately 10)
 
These are good as little treats to nibble on when you have to satisfy that sweet craving.
 
100g peanut butter
100g oats
100 ml coconut milk
60g unflavoured protein powder
1 teaspoon vanilla essence
 
Topping: Cacao powder
 
Instructions: Mix all of the ingredients together, roll into balls and then toss in the cacao powder. Place in the fridge for 20 minutes and then bake for 5 minutes in a 200 degrees pre-heated oven.
 
 
 
Chicken & vegetable egg-fried rice (serves 2)
 
This is one of my all-time favourites introduced to me by one of my best friends. You don't have to follow the ingredients exactly you can add in pretty much any vegetables you want. It's an easy meal to do that's tasty and filling. It also tastes pretty good cold if you want to make extra to take for your lunch the next day.
 
300g chicken
1 chopped red pepper
1 diced onion
100g chopped broccoli
50g chopped spinach
50g sweetcorn
3 eggs
1 packet wholegrain rice
Soy sauce
 
Instructions: Dice the chicken and cook in some coconut oil in a wok. When nearly cooked add in a few splashes of soy sauce and the vegetables. After approximately 10 minutes add in the eggs and mix until cooked. Finally add in the rice (which should already be cooked either in a pan or microwave) and mix altogether.
 
Green smoothie
 
I have a green smoothie every day, made in my Nutribullet. I have mine as a mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack, not as a meal replacement. You don't have to be too exact with the ingredients you can swap and change any but I've found the simple ones are the best. When you add in too many ingredients it can sometimes taste a bit dodgy. My most popular one is this one.
 
Handful of spinach (can be frozen)
1 apple
1/2 banana
2 tablespoons of chia seeds
Water
 
Instructions: Chop up the apple and banana. Throw everything in the Nutribullet and let that do all the hard work for you. Voila. It's that simple.
 
Breakfast smoothie
 
If I'm training before work and don't have time for my eggs I will make a breakfast smoothie the night before that I can have on the go. This is my favourite recipe.
 
50g oats
100g natural yoghurt
2 tablespoons acai berry powder
Handful of frozen raspberries
Handful of brazil nuts
1 scoop of unflavoured protein powder
Coconut milk
 
Instructions: Throw in all of the ingredients into the Nutribullet and that's as difficult as it gets.
 
 
 

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