Monday, April 27, 2015

Fuel to Achieve Racing Weight

Recently, I rediscovered my Racing Weight Cookbook. In case you are not familiar with the book, it's filled with recipes that are specially formulated to help endurance athletes fuel their performances while also achieving or maintaining a healthy racing weight. The book is divided into sections based on the athlete's ability to cook.

When I first read the cookbook, I marked several recipes I wanted to try - but then never got around to making them. So I decided to pick a few and give them a try. 

Rosemary Garlic Chicken and Sour Cream & Onion Cauliflower Mash sounded like they would pair well and would be easy to prepare on a Sunday afternoon during meal prep for the week. Both were winners and I would definitely make them again! 

Rosemary Garlic Chicken
Modified from Racing Weight Cookbook
Serves 4

8 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp dried rosemary
Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Place chicken tenders in a baking dish and drizzle with olive oil and lemon juice. Top with garlic, rosemary, salt and pepper, then mix to coat each piece of chicken in the seasoning. Cover and bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink.

Sour Cream and Onion Cauliflower Mash
Recipe from Racing Weight Cookbook
8 servings

1 head cauliflower, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 cup sour cream (I used plain non-fat Greek yogurt)
Black pepper

In a large pot, bring cauliflower and water to a boil and cook until cauliflower is very tender, then drain away the liquid. Pat the cauliflower dry with a paper towel.

Transfer cauliflower to a food processor and add salt, onion powder and sour cream. Pulse until smooth. Add black pepper to taste. 

Note: Cauliflower mash does not freeze well. I tried to freeze a portion and it ended up super watery. Best to eat this immediately or within a few days after initial preparation. 

Tell me: What is your favorite dinner to fuel your training?

- ST


  1. Oh yum! I love mashed cauliflower :) Yeah, I made the mock alfredo sauce with cauliflower from the Pinch of Yum blog and it didn't freeze well. It was super tasty though! :) I could never pick a favorite food to fuel training! I did have homemade pizza before my long run this week, and it seemed to do the trick. I'm still always nervous to try something different before a race though, so I either stick with my tilapia and rice or some kind of pasta. Cauliflower is a very tasty healthy carb though :)

    1. I think pizza is a very underrated training food. People tend to think of it as junk food but it can be pretty nutritious depending on what you put on it! A nice change of pace from the usual suspects the night before a long run or race :)

  2. You're much better cooking than I am! Looks delicious!!!
    I don't really have a favorite food to fuel, I guess if I picked anything Pizza does always come to mind.

    1. Ha, Hailey from Striding Strong also mentioned pizza. Now I have a craving :)

  3. I have been looking at this book for a while now but just haven't bought it yet. I need this book! That looks delicious!

    1. Thanks Sue! Definitely check out the book if you get a chance - lots of great recipes!

  4. That sounds like a great book/recipe. I've been looking for a cauliflower mash recipe to make, this may be it!

    1. Let me know if you give it a try! It's super easy to make :)