Whether you’re vegetarian or just cutting down on your meat intake, you’ll find these meals tasty, satisfying and full of protein and vitamin-packed veggies. That makes them ideal for post-ride or post-training refuelling. Best of all, many of these are quick to make and only need a few ingredients. Just looking at them is making us hungry.
We’ve partnered with Olive magazine (also published by Immediate Media) to bring you the very best recipes for cyclists. All the recipes are easy to follow and take you through step-by-step how to create everything from home-made nutrition products to tasty and hearty post-ride meals.
Super-quick to whip up, with a bit of a chilli kick in with the mushroomsOlive Magazine
There are few things as satisfying as a hot omelette with a sprinkling of melted cheese on top, particular when the weather starts to get cooler. This tasty version is packed with mushrooms, with the eggs providing a serious protein hit.
Who needs pizza! This chickpea and broccoli flatbread makes a great alternativeOlive Magazine
This dish really packs in the superfoods, with warming cumin and sweet bursts of pomegranate seeds combining with the sharpness of lemon and chilli. Add roasted broccoli, crumbled feta cheese and some crispy onions and you’ve got a dish that’s full of flavour and texture.
4. Baked feta with cherry tomatoes and garlic toast
Warm creamy feta compliments the freshness of roasted tomatoes and the crunch of garlic breadOlive Magazine
Managing to be both quick and easy to make AND relatively low in calories, this dish is akin to cheese on toast with a mediterranean twist. Oven-baked feat cheese is complemented by the sweetness of cherry tomatoes, with crunch garlic toast providing a satisfying carbohydrate hit.
Indian spices flavour this delicious paneer and lentil dishOlive Magazine
Sometimes, you just want a curry. When only a spicy dish will do, you’ll be pleased to hear that you can whip this one up in under 30 minutes. Protein comes in the form of lentils and paneer cheese, with warming ginger, chilli and garam marsala spicing things up.
The sweetness of the tofu works perfectly with the crunchy freshness of the vegetablesOlive Magazine
At 538 calories per portion, this oriental-inspired tofu dish combines rich glazed tofu with the sharp crunch of picked mooli, carrots and peppers. Add a side of satisfying brown rice and you’ve got a meal that’s actually quick to make but looks impressive.
This halloumi salad also makes a great lunchOlive Magazine
We love this dish for dinner, but it also works really well for lunchtime, and it’s guaranteed to make your colleagues envious. Crispy halloumi and tart lemon and capers make for a fresh, satisfying dish.
Make up a batch of this hearty curry and freeze it, ready to feast on after those long rides when you can’t face cookingOlive Magazine
Sometimes the last thing you want to do after a long ride is start chopping, preparing and cooking food from scratch. That’s what makes this light and fragrant dahl recipe ideal for just those occasions. Whip up a big batch in advance, then freeze portions and hey presto – pop it in the microwave when you’re hungry and you’ve got a tasty, satisfying meal in a few minutes, minus the calories of other microwave meals or takeaways.
Packing in protein and iron, fritatas are also incredibly simple to makeOlive Magazine
Eggs are known for their protein punch, and in this dish it’s boosted further by low fat ricotta cheese. Incredibly simple to make, this dish also has iron-rich chard or spinach, and is best served with a green salad.
10. Halloumi-stuffed pittas with cucumber and pickled cabbage
We love the fresh crunch of veggies when you bite into this tasty halloumi pittaOlive Magazine
We love the flavours packed into these halloumi pittas. Tahini, mint, lemon, vinegar and yoghurt, crammed in with cucumber and cabbage makes for a tasty, crunchy and downright delicious dinner. We like to add a drizzle of chilli sauce to spice things up a bit!
The spicy California scramble also makes a great weekend brunchOlive Magazine
Quick and easy for dinner, this dish also makes a cracking weekend brunch, and is just what you want after a hard ride. The chilli and watercress add a spicy kick, and it can be whipped up in less than 15 minutes. Yum!
12. Black bean cakes with quinoa and avocado salad
Rich, tasty and warming, these bean cakes are great for cold, wet eveningsOlive Magazine
Looking for something substantial? These black bean cakes could be what you’re after. Rich, filling, and spiced with chilli and cumin, you can whip these up in 40 minutes. Pair with a tasty and light quinoa and avocado salad for a delicious midweek meal.
Visually impressive, and seriously tasty, we’d happily serve this to dinner guests as well as tucking in ourselvesOlive Magazine
This delicious glazed tofu with stir-fried rice has all the taste of a restaurant dish, but with a fraction of the calories. Better yet, the brown rice makes it extra filling and the broccoli and edamame beans count towards your five a day. This is one of our favourites, with the sticky sweetness of the hoisin sauce complementing the spiciness of chilli and the crunch of the broccoli perfectly.