Dinner Recipes To Try

Dinner, The Last Meal Of The Day !

This meal is important as it is the last food your body will get for say the next 12 hours. Overnight your body will be muscle building, and burning muscle, glycogen and fat ! That's why getting a good nights sleep of at least 7-8 hours is important when your trying to shed those pounds. It can pay to keep your carbs low and up your protein during this meal, but it does depend on what you are looking to achieve in your weight loss and your training. A moderate does of fat is a good choice as well. Good fats , not a side of fries ! ;-)

Here are some dinner recipes to try out.

Turkey Stir Fry
Turkey Stir Fry

This recipe allows enough for 2 dinners, so if you are preparing just for yourself you can save the next meal for the next day or the day after. It should keep in the fridge for 3 days without the need to freeze.

Ingredients
330g of diced turkey 
4 smoked bacon medallions
320g crisp vegetable stir fry bag 
200g spiralised courgette (exchange for rice noodles) 
Soy sauce garlic
3 Garlic gloves 
An inch of Ginger
Coriander and Mint are optional.
Coconut Oil

Benefits
- Turkey is a great source of lean protein and as part of a weight loss diet is a great option.
- A stir fry ensures thats vegetables are not overcooked or the nutrients are not drained out by boiling.

Method
Ensure your wok or pan is has some coconut oil in it and is at a high temperature. You want to really blitz your ingredients with heat, and if you like your stir fry with a crunch that is a good healthy way to retain nutrients in your vegetables.
Top Tip: Cook your meat first in some soy, garlic and ginger first and leave to the side to rest. Then cook your hard vegetables together, and add all your ingredients to the pan. Only put in your herbs at the last minute as a seasoning so that they retain their taste.


Turkey Steak and Salad
turkey steak and salad

Ingredients
Turkey Steaks
1 Large Egg
Mixed Salad Leaves
Cucumber
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Coconut Oil

Benefits
- Turkey and Eggs are high in protein
- Salad options without dressing are a good low calorie option
- You should use extra virgin olive oil as a good fat for dressings. Do not cook with extra virgin olive oil as it should be used as a seasoning , and when you heat it , it turns into a polyunsaturated fat.

Method
Cook the steak in the coconut oil making sure not to dry out. Boil your egg to hard boiled and put your turkey salad together. Its easy , and its tasty

 

Turkey Bolognaise
Turkey Bolognaise

Ingredients
600g Turkey mince 
Gluten Free Pasta
1 Medium Onion 
1 Stick Celery
Green, red and yellow pepper
2 cloves of Garlic 
Thyme and Basil
Tomato puree 
Passatta  ( a pureed tomato base, you can buy in paper cartons in the super markets)
Parmesan Cheese.
Cocunut oil

Method

1. Pasta cooked al dente or with a slight bite, is the italian way to cook pasta, and for alot of people the only way. Bring a large pot of salted water ( 1 tsp salt) to the boil and add the pasta when its bubbling. There is no need to add oil to stop pasta sticking. It is not needed and the action of the boiling water should keep the pasta moving. Take off before its completely al dente.
2. Cook the turkey mince in the cococut oil making sure not the dry it out , and add teh rest of the ingredients before its ready. 
3. Put the pasta into the turkey vegetable mix and add a little bit of the starchy pasta water to thicken the sauce a bit more.
4. Serve with some fresh basil, and a sprinkling of parmesan cheese if you are not too strict.

 

Spaghetti with chicken, pesto, and vegetables
spaghetti with chicken, pesto and vegetables

Ingredients
Wholemeal spaghetti prefereably,
2 Chicken Breast
Baby sweetcorn
Tomatoes
Mangetout
Red and Green Peppers
2 Laughing Cow Triangles, or Greek Feta Cheese
Tablespoon of Pesto
Coconut Oil

Method
1. Cook your spaghetti in salted boiling water until al dente.
2. Stir fry the chicken in the coconut oil until almost done and remove.
3. Stir fry the vegetablesin the coconut oil until almost done and and then add the chicken.
4. Add in the cheese and the pasta with a spoonful or two of the pasta water.
5. Serve immediately and enjoy !