Recipes to Kick-Start Your Year

Like most people, January comes around and I start thinking about how I can improve various areas of my life. One of which is my health. I’m now coming out the other side of a challenging ‘dry January’. I’ve cut out the booze, been eating less sugar and made an impulse purchase a few days ago, buying Joe Wicks’ ‘Lean in 15’ cookery book.

Lean in 15 contains some simple, quick and healthy recipes, as well as some HIIT (high intensity interval training) workouts and nutritional information. Some of the recipes are quite similar to each other and rather predictable: chicken stir-fry, prawn and noodle stir-fry, beef stir-fry, teriyaki chicken stir-fry, Singapore noodles, duck noodles, chicken fried rice and curry fried rice), dishes you’d find in many cookery books (and ones you’re likely to have eaten/made previously if you enjoy Asian food). However, they do all appear to be pretty straightforward and speedy to prepare and there are enough options for those looking for some healthy and hurried meal solutions, in an otherwise gloomy new-routine-setting kind of a month.

Some of the more interesting and original looking recipes within the book include turkey meatballs with feta, coconut and cashew Daal and beetroot protein brownies.

I thought I’d share a couple of the recipes I’ve made this week. The first is the tortilla pizza. Surprisingly tasty, despite containing absolutely no cheese! The recipe suggests you make two pizzas but I actually found that one, with some salad, was sufficient to fill me up. The second is the BBQ chicken wrap. This wasn’t quite as enjoyable as the pizza, but nice enough and definitely something I’d make again.

I’m planning to try out a few more of the recipes in the next couple of weeks, let’s hope they’re as successful as these first couple!

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