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. 😉

Eat for pole training


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


  1. Finely slice the chilli.
  2. Roughly chop the spring onions, red pepper and coriander.
  3. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or wok and throw in the chilli, onions and red pepper.
  4. After a few minutes, when the onion and red pepper are starting to soften, add the chicken and mango. Stir occasionally.
  5. 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.
  6. Stir and heat through for another couple of minutes.
  7. Add the fresh coriander, squeeze in the lime juice and season to taste.
  8. Take Instagram pic (obviously).
  9. Enjoy!

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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