Dishes for Strength and Endurance Training
Pan-Fried Pork Chops with Quinoa Pilaf and Dried Fruit
Instead of calling for ordinary rice pilaf, this recipe pairs juicy pork chops and dried fruit with crunchy quinoa, a nutritional powerhouse that delivers both protein and carbs, as well as fiber, potassium and riboflavin.
Quick White Bean Stew with Swiss Chard and Tomatoes
Low in fat but high in protein, beans are one of Joe Bastianich's favorite ingredients. He uses white beans here, but he also loves making this recipe with chickpeas and flat gigante beans: "The bigger and creamier the beans, the better."
Peppery Tuna with Dilled Potato Salad
This recipe combines omega-3-rich tuna and potassium-rich potatoes in an utterly delicious mustard-and-herb dressing.
Grilled Salmon with Preserved Lemon and Green Olives
Joe Bastianich likes the way protein- and omega 3-rich salmon gives him lots of energy without weighing him down. Here, it's grilled until the skin is crisp. Green olives add more heart-healthy fat and a hit of cell-protecting vitamin E.
Crunchy Vegetable Salad with Sautéed Peas and Radishes
This salad is a well-rounded meal in itself, supplying a wealth of nutrients, including vitamins A and C. "I grew up in the French countryside," Laurent Gras says, "so vegetable-heavy dishes make me feel like I'm back home."
Eggs Baked in Roasted Tomato Sauce
Studies have shown that people who eat eggs for breakfast tend to lose weight. Here, eggs are cooked in an antioxidant-rich tomato sauce.
Farfalle with Tomatoes and Green Vegetables
The night before a long bike ride, Laurent Gras carbo-loads by eating pasta tossed with a variety of vegetables for dinner; here, he combines green tomatoes, zucchini, asparagus and vitamin A-rich spinach. "You can eat a lot of it and still feel good about yourself. It doesn't make you tired like other, heavier pasta dishes can."
Grilled Chicken and Watercress Salad with Canadian Bacon
This dish offers a fitness-minded mix of lean chicken and calcium-packed watercress. Canadian bacon, with just a fraction of the calories and fat of bacon, gives the salad a slightly sweet and salty flavor.