Monday 7 January 2019

Cooking For Fitness - Courgette Beef Lasagne

Its January and like most I'm looking to improve my fitness. It's always hard knowing what to eat and finding tasty recipes that you can enjoy every day. So when I got a copy of Cooking For Fitness I was really excited as it contains 79 everyday recipes to fuel your training and it contains quick and easy to prepare and cook recipes.

These tried and tested recipes have been created by Rugby superstar James Haskell and Omar Meziane the UK’s top sports performance chef, the recipes will boost performance and aid recovery, each recipe is split into it designated sections of either high or low-carb recipes, which gives you the option to build muscle or strip fat, this helps you choose and fuel the right meals for your fitness regime, each recipe includes full calorie breakdown and barcode which is perfect if you use the My Fitness Pal app as it ensures accurate tracking of your meals.
cooking time 1 hour, Serves 4


3 tablespoons olive oil
1 onion finely chopped
2 garlic cloves finely chopped
500g lean minced beef
1pinch of ground cumin
1 pinch of cinnamon
400g tin of chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons of tomato puree
150m water
6 courgettes
4 tablespoons grated parmesan

White Sauce

50g butter
50g plain flour
300ml semi-skimmed milk
400ml water
1pinch nutmeg


1 - preheat oven to 220c
2 - heat 1 tablespoon oil I large saucepan over high heat, add garlic and onion to the pan and cook for one minute, add cumin and cinnamon stir well. Pou over chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and water, turn down heat and simmer until cooked approx 15-20 minutes.
3 - to make the white sauce, melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, next whisk in the flour, add milk and whisk until smooth.simmer for 10 minutes.
4 - slice courgettes lengthways into ribbons approx 1/3 cm thick, lay the courgette ribbons on a baking tray and drizzle the remaining oil, season with salt and pepper and pop in the oven until softened.
5 - to arrange lasagne spoon some beef into the bottom of a baking dish, top with a layer of courgette ribbons then add another layer then top again. Pour over the white sauce and top with parmesan cheese, pop in the oven and bake for 20 minutes until golden brown.

I love this book the recipes look good and I could easily fit this into my busy life, I particularly like the look of the low carb Courgette Beef Lasagne. Cooking for Fitness is the perfect recipe book for anyone wanting to fuel their training and boost their performance and achieve their body goals.
Cooking for Fitness is available to buy online and in all good bookshops for £19.99.