Modern life is busy, and there are lots of chores and tasks that can get between you and quality bike time. Thankfully, cooking tasty, healthy and nutritious meals needn’t be one of them. We’ve got a selection of delicious dishes that can all be whipped up in 30 minutes or less.
- UK readers: can you help us get more people on bikes? Whether you’re a keen cyclist or a complete beginner, we’d love you to get involved in our Get Britain Riding campaign, in association with B’Twin. Click here to sign up!
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 in creating everything from homemade nutrition products to tasty and hearty post-ride meals.
Tex-Mex hash with eggs
Poached eggs and avocado… what’s not to love?! Olive Magazine / Immediate Media CoThis quick and colourful dish is full of flavour and colour, combing protein-rich eggs, nutrient-packed avocado, satisfying potato and plenty of other tasty foods with a zingy jalapeño and coriander topping. Have it for dinner, have it for brunch, or just have it when you feel like you want some healthy comfort food.
Coconut and peanut aubergine curry
Creamy without the calories Olive Magazine / Immediate Media CoIt might taste creamy and rich, but one portion of this curry comes in at under 300 calories. The flavours are wonderful: ginger, garlic, tamarind, turmeric and coconut pack a fragrant punch, and meaty aubergine satisfies even the hungriest cyclist. This dish is also vegetarian, so if you’re full veggie or just opting for a meat-free Monday it makes a great vegetarian meal.
Chilli beef and radish noodle soup
Fresh, flavoursome with a crunch! Olive Magazine / Immediate Media CoRadish in a soup might not be an obvious choice of ingredient, but its peppery spiciness and crunchy texture work exceedingly well with the marinated beef strips and rice noodles. The broth is perfumed with star anise, cinnamon and ginger, and a squeeze of lime juice livens the flavour even more. A top tip to cut down on preparation time is to slice and marinade the beef ahead of time, then all you need to do is fry it off in the pan and add to the soup.
West Indian chicken curry with cinnamon and tomatoes
A West Indian inspired recipe Olive Magazine / Immediate Media CoSometimes, only curry will do, and this West Indian version brings a different dimension to the mix with cinnamon and coconut milk. The flavours are absorbed by the chicken and sweet potato as they cook.
Tuscan bean and barley stew
Plenty of vegetarian protein in this tasty stew Olive Magazine / Immediate Media CoA tasty and quick vegetarian dish that will feed the body with the necessary post-ride protein it needs in the form of beans and pulses. You can cram a huge number of different vegetables into this dish, such as celery, carrot, leek and any leafy green vegetables you have left around — kale and cabbage are good choices — which also means you can get the best part of four or five different vegetables in one sitting.
Pork, kale and spring onion stir-fry
Some recipe inspiration for cooking with kale Olive Magazine / Immediate Media Co
Kale is a great vegetable, packed full of iron and other essential nutrients, but it’s also hard to work out what to do with it other than boil it and smother it with gravy.
If that’s you, then you should try this stir-fry. Light, tasty and spicy, with the rich flavours of soy and the acid kick of mirin and chilli combining to lighten a dish that could otherwise sit heavily.
This is one of our favourite dishes for those evenings when you want something warm and spicy but not too heavy.
Check out our other tasty recipes and get yourself fuelled for cycling from sunrise to sunset: