Here’s a super easy meal for the time-crunched athlete, which, face it, aren’t we all?! It contains plenty of carbohydrates, protein, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fiber and a little fat. All the things necessary to fuel endurance athletes. Enjoy!!
Pile on a plate:
Cooked russet potatoes, green chile pesto, steamed kale, cooked garbanzo beans, grape tomatoes.
For potatoes: Pierce w/ fork couple times each side, cook in microwave 4-8min, depending on size, turning over 1/2 way through.
For pesto: whirl in blender or food processor: large handful fresh cilantro, large handful fresh parsley, 2-3 garlic cloves, juice of a lemon, 1/4 cup toasted pepitas, 2 Tbs nutritional yeast (optional), 1/4-1/2 cup roasted green chiles (preferably from Hatch), or 1 small can, salt & black pepper to taste. Add small amounts of water to thin if needed.
For kale: tear into bite size pieces, steam in 1/4 cup water in large pot for 6 min on med-high heat
Beans: if using canned, drain and rinse, add as much as you like. Add to kale for final 2 min or so to heat them through. Add tomatoes at this point as well, again, add as much as you like. Drain off any remaining water before piling onto plate.
This basic recipe can easily be adapted by changing up the starch, type of bean, type of green, and sauce. Another of my favorites is: sweet potato, black beans, steamed kale, salsa, avocado.
Let me know your creative, combos!