Wednesday, 18 September 2013

Turkey chilli

Whether you are trying to lose weight to regain your figure or gain a lighter frame with which to smash your PB over a particular distance you will be familiar with the problem of finding high protein foods that aren't also absolutely packed with fat and carbs. Something that gives you plenty of energy without bulking you up.

I'll be honest, I was suspicious of turkey before I started this training malarky. I mean no one really likes Christmas dinner do they? That dry meat, with no taste except for the gravy and the chestnut stuffing?

But athletes swear by the stuff. Low in fat and high in protein, they say. And I'm an athlete now, right! I AM! So it was with a heavy heart that I picked up a packet of turkey mince in my local Sainsburys. But you know's bloody delicious. If you treat it right and cut it into smaller pieces so it cooks quickly and without drying out, it adds just the right amount of meatiness to a dish, with none of the fat.

Later on on this blog I'll do a stirfry with turkey but for now I wanted to share this turkey chilli recipe. I love it with a good old jacket potato but you can just as easily buy some corn tortillas (wholegraintastic) and add some low fat or homemade guacamole. It's served me well during my marathon training and will continue to be a firm favourite as I start to buckle down to the Surrey Half Marathon training schedule!

I've added a beef stock pot here, as some (my husband) might miss the meatiness that you'd get from a good old beef chilli. But honestly I like it just as much without. If you do use a stock cube just be careful how much salt you add. You can also leave out the kidney beans if you prefer.

Turkey Chilli 
  • 1 pack turkey mince
  • 1 tsp groundnut oil
  • 1 can kidney beans, drained
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 1 carrot finely diced
  • 1 bottle/can tomato pasata
  • clove garlic finely diced
  • 1 knorr beef stock pot (the jelly ones)
  • 3 dried chilies
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Heat the oil in a large flat bottomed pan
  2. Sauté the onion, carrot and garlic on a medium heat until soft and translucent but not too brown. This will take about 20 mins.
  3. Add the minced turkey to the pan and cook through.
  4. Crush the dried chili with your fingers and add to the pan with the chili powder - you can add more powder if you like the chili with a kick! Stir in and cook for a further 5 mins
  5. Add the pasata and kidney beans and stock cube, stir in completely then leave to simmer for up to 45 minutes or until the pasata sauce has started to thicken.
  6. Serve with potato, rice or corn tortilla.

Monday, 9 September 2013

Surrey Half Marathon and Really Hungry

I cook for a living. I eat for fun. I run to feel as alive as I can possibly feel.

Sometimes I run round circuits. Sometimes I run up hills. Sometimes I run slowly and sociably with friends from my local running group at Fitstuff in Guildford. Sometimes I run as fast as I can until I feel like I am breathing oxygen through a straw. And sometimes I just run and run and run until I just can't run anymore.

Nb: never sit down and rest until you have reached your destination

I'm very lucky to have a number of events right on my doorstep and one of the biggest race organisers in the area are my good friends at AAT Events. So imagine my excitement to learn that they are not only going to be launching the inaugural Surrey Half Marathon next year on the 9th March, but that they want to work with me to publish a series of short video recipes to provide their participants with some healthy training ideas!

So here we are. Over the coming months you'll see me demonstrating how to fuel your workouts, recoup during your recoveries, energise mid run and of course the all important treats for once you've finished the race.

So are you all coming to Guildford in March? You really's going to be absolutely brilliant. Whether it's your first ever half and you just want something to build up to or you are a racing vet with a PB to best. You should come and run with us. March 9th 2014.

See you there.