I was approached by British Military Fitness to create a healthy recipe as part of their #FitFoodBMF campaign encouraging people to eat better alongside a fit lifestyle. There were 24 fitness and food bloggers in total that worked on recipes for this book which you can download here for FREE. How lucky are you lot :) There are a selection of breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack recipes for you to choose from :)
I decided to create a savoury recipe (I dont just make sweet treats and oats ;) ) that would be perfect for post workout made up of lean protein and carbohydrates. There is also the option to create a low carb option if you want it :) I used lean turkey breast mince for both nutritional benefits and personal preference. It is a great meat to substitue beef mince as it is lower in calories which will help if you are on a weightloss diet.
Once I had decided what I was going make it was time to take pictures of the process and finished product for the book itself. I was nervous when I subitted it as I didn't know how it would be recieved aha but seemed to go down well. It was going to be looked over by a nutrionist to validate it which was even more nerve wracking.
Fast forward to the week before Christmas and I recieved an early present in the form of THE BOOK !
So exciting to see my recipe in print and major fan girl moment when I realised Ben Coomber was the nutritionist that reviewed them. So that was pretty cool !
The book is great and filled full of amazing recipes I can't wait to try. If you are looking to start the new year healthily I highly recommend giving this book a look over. As well as the recipes you are given tips on how to have them alongside a fit lifestyle. A perfect start to the new year !
I was honoured to be asked to take part in the campaign as it is something I am very passionate about being in the fitness industry and hopefully this book will help people on their fitness and health journeys in 2016.
Smokey Turkey Chilli with Paprika quinoa
Chilli – serves 6
500g Lean Breast Turkey Mince
1 can drained Kidney beans
½ can drained cannellini beans (can also use chickpeas/black eyed beans/ bortelli beans)
1 can chopped tomatoes
100g chopped beetroot
1 large garlic clove
1 small red onion
1 tblsp tomato puree
5g grated dark chocolate
Smoked paprika, chilli powder and black pepper to taste
Coconut oil to cook with
1/ Chop garlic and onion finely. Add tsp coconut oil to a heated pan and saute garlic and onion until soft
2/ Add the turkey mince and a tsp of each spice. Stirring occasionally to break the mince up and mix in the spice.
3/ Turkey doesn’t take long to cook so as it starts to colour add the beans, tinned tomatoes and puree to the pan.
4/ Stir in the vegetables, chocolate and spices (add a tsp at a time if you want more keep going)
5/ Leave to simmer for 10 mins
6/ As this simmers prepare your quinoa. Cook in boiling water and add a couple of pinches of paprika. (1 cup quinoa to 2 cups water)
7/ Once everything is cooked you are ready to serve.
1 portion of chilli with 100g quinoa, top with a little bit of cottage cheese if you fancy. Also for a lower carb option you could serve with courgetti or caulirice.
The rest of the chilli will keep for a couple of days or you could freeze it for a later date.
Tag me if you recreate the recipe and also let me know your thoughts on the rest of the book. :)