Han recently bought Joe Wicks’ cookbook, Lean in 15. At first I was sceptical of whether it held its worth. However, after trying a few of the recipes I was pleasantly surprised. Here’s why and two of my favourite recipes so far…
Why Lean in 15?
Working hard is one thing but working long hard hours is another. Han puts a lot into her job which is impressive but leaves little time for food prep. Let’s be honest, the last thing you want to do is to spend your free time after a 12 hour day prepping food. This is where Lean in 15 came in.
We wanted to find a quick, convenient and healthy way to cook. The less hassle the better, so I suggested Lean in 15 as I’d heard good things. This is despite me being firmly in the learn what’s healthy and prep your own food club.
However, I’ll admit I was being closed-minded. Whilst the recipes are nothing too special or out of this world they do everything they say they do. Lean in 15 really does offer simple, quick and tasty food. Although some may take over 15 minutes, you’d have to be pretty picky to complain. Whilst we have more to try, here are my favourite two so far…
1. Lean in 15 tortilla pizza ?
Everyone loves pizza. However, the problem is how healthy it is for us. Lean in 15 offers a quick and tasty alternative. All you need is:
Tortilla wraps (1 per person)
Chopped tomatoes (we used 4)
Kidney beans (1 tin)
Spinach (handful per wrap)
1 egg (optional)
Salt and pepper
To prepare pre heat your oven to 200 and chop the tomatoes to your preference. Secondly, drain the kidney beans and mix with the tomatoes and season with oregano, salt and pepper. Now, lay the wraps out and spread the mixture on the wrap. Throw the spinach on followed by the ham. Finally throw it in the oven for 15 minutes or until the wrap starts to crisp. Take it out and enjoy ?
Above I state an egg as being optional as Lean in 15 advises to crack an egg on top before cooking. We didn’t do this and the second time I made them I even added chorizo which was amazing ? So take a your pick on that one.
Either way this is a really quick and tasty homemade alternative to pizza that won’t put you in a food coma.
2. Lean in 15 goan fish curry ?
I’m not a huge curry fan. Therefore, the fact I liked this kind of tells you how nice it is. If you don’t like fish this always works well with chicken ? so is easily adaptable. It can even be frozen so is good for meal prepping. The ingredients are a little more diverse but still not too bad. For two people you need:
3 cloves garlic (chopped)
3cm ginger (chopped)
1 green chilli, roughly chopped – remove the seeds if you don’t like things too spicy
2 tomatoes (chopped)
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 red onion (chopped)
1 tbsp garam masala
1 tbsp ground cumin
1 x 400ml tin of full-fat coconut milk
500g haddock fillet, skinned and cut into large chunks (any white fish or chicken works)
1 lime (cut in two)
½ bunch of coriander (leaves only chopped)
To cook,chuck the garlic, ginger, chilli and tomatoes in a blender and blend until smooth. Then, melt the oil in a wok on a medium heat and add the onion in and for a couple of minutes, stirring regularly. Now, lob in the garam masala and cumin, keep stirring for 30 seconds. Pour in the blended mix and bring to the boil before pouring in the coconut milk. Get this back to the boil and simmer for a couple of minutes.
Add the fish and simmer for a few minutes. Finally the recipe says add in the lime juice. However, we served with it on the side and squeezed on which was nice ? .
Nom nom nom
So there you have it. Lean in 15 really does have some good recipes. Even if you don’t want to follow his plan it’s a useful cookbook to have around. Some people really have found success with it for health benefits like gymbagsandgladrags and thegymbug has a really good review if you’re still undecided.
Furthermore, Joe even has a blog on his site full of interesting articles and cool ideas. Han and I have found that for ease of use and healthy potions it’s a good go to ?