I try my best to cook from scratch as often as possible. But frankly, between work, pole, gym, family commitments, Series-Link and stalking Eva Bembo on YouTube, sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day to create Instagram-able culinary masterpieces à la Jamie Oliver.
On particularly hectic days, this recipe is my go-to ‘ready meal’.
Okay, it’s not quite as “ready” as, say, a frozen pizza or a Findus lasagne, but it’s pretty darn close to ready. And as lazy dinner options go, it’s a whole lot tastier, more nutritious and contains 100% less horsemeat than those other options.
Chicken and quinoa are both high in protein, so it’s perfect for after pole training and the mango and lime adds a lovely summery sweetness (we’ll just forget it’s throwing buckets outside in August– ah, the awesome British non-summer!).
All constituent parts are pre-prepared and pre-cooked – so all that’s required of you is to throw it all into a nice big pan, heat, take the obligatory Instagram pic and enjoy!
Shhhh, I won’t tell anyone you cheated if you don’t. 😉
Serves: 4 people
- 1 cooked chicken
- Packet pre-cooked quinoa
- Bunch fresh coriander
- Tub of chopped mango (or 1 x mango if you’ve got time to chop)
- 1 red pepper
- 1 red chilli
- 4 spring onions
- 2 limes
- 1 x stock cube/stock pot (chicken or veg)
- Olive or coconut oil for cooking
- Finely slice the chilli.
- Roughly chop the spring onions, red pepper and coriander.
- Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and throw in the chilli, onions and red pepper.
- After a few minutes, when the onion and red pepper are starting to soften, add the chicken and mango. Stir occasionally.
- After about 5 minutes, when the chicken and mango is properly heated through, chuck in the quinoa, a splash of water and the stock cube/stock pot.
- Stir and heat through for another couple of minutes.
- Add the fresh coriander, squeeze in the lime juice and season to taste.
- Take Instagram pic (obviously).
Don’t forget to tag me if you try it!
What we eat plays a huge part in our performance on the pole. Is it time you started eating for pole? My book Strength and Conditioning for Pole includes a whole chapter on nutrition and how we can eat to better support our pole goals. Available now in hard copy or ebook: Strength and Conditioning for Pole – the Book!
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