DH is on a very strict diet and excercise programme at the moment to get back to fitness after rejoining the army... so v.important to keep it up!
he is currently eating lots of fruit and veg, low carbs and mainly fish (steamed or poached) at every mealtime, and as you can imagine... getting pretty sick of it! he loves steak and red meat but its generally too high in calories and fat..
any ideas, recipes snack ideas?... unusual fish/meats!? he needs a bit of variety or it makes the whole thing ten times harder!
As for meat, British rose veal is lower in fat and it's raised to high animal welfare standards- the calves are born as a result of dairy farming and if the're not eaten here they're transported to mainland Europe which has lower welfare standards for veal calves.
For fish, have you tried using 'meatier' fish like tuna cooked in a griddle pan with a spray of oil. You can buy little spray bottles specially made for this or just put oil into a cheap plastic spray bottle- that way you use less oil.
he loves thai food actually, and i have a thai friend who could help me with those! i havent really ventured into thai food tbh as i thought is was all going to be super high calories! great suggestions though?
turkey is low fat!? i didnt know that, will start to use that too..
can i get british rose veal in most supermarkets? have never cooked veal.. do i just grill it like a normal steak? the meat and fish counter and our local tesco is rubbish, crap selection.. and everything seems to have flavours and rubs all over them..
yes he can eat nuts and olive oil too... we tried tuna steaks a few weeks ago but i am not sure what i did to them as they smelt and tasted fowl! normally fairly successful with cooking.. but that has put me off cooking tuna a bit! might give it another shot though..
any ideas for recipes with nuts in, he loves nuts, but i cant say i have ever cooked with them!
are all nuts high? could be where he goes wrong, he snacks on nuts quite a bit..
i just want to try some different flavours and things for him, i am just teriible and finding ideas and he ends up with super healthy but super boring meals! steamed fish... steamed veg... zzzzzzzzzzzzz
Fresh tuna needs rapid searing, only about 2-3 mins each side or it is disgusting.
Nuts and seeds might have high fat content but it is the sort of fat that benefits your own fat turnover, unlike the saturated fats in meats. Coudl try vegetarian nutloaf - have never tried it myself but it always looks good on tv!
I get my game mostly from a farmer's market but sometimes Waitrose will sell gamebirds and even venison. If you can't find a farmer's market near you, ask at your local butcher if they know how you can get hold of e.g. venison (which is lovely if you haven't had it!)
For nuts I was thinking of toasted pine nuts scattered over grilled fish to add flavour and texture or cashew nuts with stir fried veg. As for the oil, I sometimes marinate fish before cooking.
1 tablespoon olive oil juice of one lemon 1 or 2 garlic cloves crushed salt and pepper and either
1 and 1/2 teaspoons of fresh thyme/oregano
1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
Grind up the garlic and herbs/spice with some salt in a mortar and pestle, then add some pepper and the lemon juice. Rub the mixture over the fish, then drizzle the olive oil over the top. Leave in the fridge for 1-2 hours.
excellent thanks will take a look on there! ... i went into the local butchers today.. not a great help and wont be getting any game in for a motnh or so... got some lovely lean pork though.. how is duck? high in fat or ok?
there are no farmers markets that i know of around here, will have a look online though..and not a waitrose either! i am going to move house... ha!
BTW< do you have any idea what your DH's daily calorie intake is, and what his requirement is? Because if he is training hard, you don't want to limit the calories too much or it will be counter-productive.