January. A new year and a time for fresh starts. A time when half the population are partaking in Dry January, Veganuary or have made it their NYE resolution that this will be the year they’ll become a fitter version of themselves. 

To kick a new series on the blog called ‘Cooking The Books’, I’ll be taking a closer look at James Haskell & Omar Meziane’s latest book Cooking For Fitness and attempting to re-create one of their dishes that stood out for me.

British & Irish Lion Rugby superstar James Haskell’s, brand new cookbook, Cooking For Fitness. James has teamed up with the UK’s top performance chef Omar Meziane to create this unique recipe book designed specifically to boost training performance and achieve your body goals. The book includes 79 quick and easy recipes with clear instructions and uses honest uncomplicated ingredients, most of which will already be in your kitchen cupboard. The recipes have been carefully designed with both male and female fitness enthusiasts in mind – whether your aim is to build muscle, strip fat, increase resistance, improve performance time, aid recovery or simply fuel your training, the recipes will help you do just that.

Know your macros

Cooking For Fitness- James Haskell and Omar Meziane

The importance of nutrition is key within Cooking For Fitness and there is an entire chapter dedicated to learning about protein, carbohydrates and fat. The book shines a light on how to right approach to food can help you progress your fitness, nutritional and healthy lifestyle goals. Being able to understand how food fuels your body definitely helps you chose the right type of food for you to consume. 

Eat towards your end goal

Whether you’re eating as an athlete, eating for muscle gain or even fat loss, without the right diet for you, you won’t see any results. Learn to know optimal times to eat, quantities and the good carbs from the bad. Say goodbye to fad diets or ones that leave you drained. Cooking For Fitness breaks down sample menus depending on your goals, going more in-depth on the dos and donts to help you achieve them.

Quality of the recipes

Compared to other healthy living / fitness cookbooks that I’ve looked at, I love that all of the recipes are easy to follow, vibrant and quick to make. Nothing is overly complicated which is great for those who are a novice in the kitchen. You don’t need any crazy ingredients nor any powders or supplements along with what you’ll be ingesting. Each recipe also has full nutritional breakdowns so you can see the exact amounts of calories, protein, carbohydrates and fat. 

The 79 recipes in the book are carefully split into low-carb and high-carb meals, to reflect different training days, while Omar also provides healthy easy ways to make pre and post work out snacks. The book focuses on quick, easy recipes, with clear instructions for a more relaxed approach to cooking and uses honest uncomplicated ingredients, most of which will already be in your kitchen cupboard.  For those who track their fitness via their smart phone, the book includes full calorific breakdown seamlessly integrated into the MyFitnessPal app, via scanned barcodes, ensuring accurate tracking. Something, for me, that is missing in all cook books on the market. 

Who the Book Is For?

People who what to starting paying attention to what they are eating. Those who want to start eating in the correct way. The sports and fitness fanatics who want to ensure they are fueling their body with all the necessary macros, yet eating delicious food at the same time. The book isn’t just full of meat dishes, a good majority are vegetarian and can even be made into vegan friendly dishes.

For me? I’m using the book to not only help meal plan with my boyfriend who is very careful about what he eats and trains at the gym regularly, but to also help me eat cleaner and tackle some stomach issues I’ve been having.

As the dishes are quick and easy to create, the book is perfect for busy people who want to save time in the kitchen or even set aside a day to bulk prep for the week ahead. 

Re-creating a dish

What better than a brunch dish to kick off the first weekend of 2019 in style. It was one of the first dishes that stood out for me within Cooking For Fitness and the perfect way to help me use up some leftover passata and sweet potatoes which were almost reaching their end of life. 

Cooking For Fitness- James Haskell and Omar Meziane

This recipe is a great variation from your standard breakfast hash or baked eggs and fuels you up for the day ahead. Taking less than 10 minutes to prep, it’s definitely a winner. 

Cooking For Fitness- James Haskell and Omar Meziane
Cooking For Fitness- James Haskell and Omar Meziane

Sweet Potato, Butter Bean & Avocado Hash

CategoryBrunch

Yields2 Servings

 4 large eggs
 1 large sweet potato, cut into 2cm dice
 1 red onion, chopped
 1 avocado, roughly chopped
 1 small green chilli, finely chopped
 400 g tin cooked butter beans
 1 tbsp olive oil
 6 tbsp tomato passata

1

Preheat your oven to 180°c

2

Place the sweet potato and red onion in a medium roasting tray. Season with salt and pepper, mix in the olive oil. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until the potato is cooked through.

3

Now add the butter beans, chilli and avocado to the tray. Pour over the pasta and give it a good mix. Crack the eggs over the top and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are cooked through. Serve immediately.

Ingredients

 4 large eggs
 1 large sweet potato, cut into 2cm dice
 1 red onion, chopped
 1 avocado, roughly chopped
 1 small green chilli, finely chopped
 400 g tin cooked butter beans
 1 tbsp olive oil
 6 tbsp tomato passata

Directions

1

Preheat your oven to 180°c

2

Place the sweet potato and red onion in a medium roasting tray. Season with salt and pepper, mix in the olive oil. Roast in the oven for 20 minutes or until the potato is cooked through.

3

Now add the butter beans, chilli and avocado to the tray. Pour over the pasta and give it a good mix. Crack the eggs over the top and bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until the whites of the eggs are cooked through. Serve immediately.

Sweet Potato, Butter Bean & Avocado Hash

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