Who doesn’t love cheese? Who doesn’t love steak? All this is possible when i’m supposed to be on a diet. Well, whatever you say captain! Joe Wicks’ books really aim to let you enjoy the kind of food you are familiar with yet adapted in a way that is good for you. I really have been impressed with the recipes across the two books that I own of Joe’s along with the fitness regime included in them.
This meal happens to be low carb but big on flavour. Following a similar theme to the atkins diet where meat, cheese and veg are all good if you want to shed the pounds with a smile on your face. As soon as I found this recipe while flicking through the pages it was on my list for the week in a flash.
The recipe only requires 20 minutes of your time, including prep. I chopped up red onions, mushrooms and a little red chilli and set them aside until later. The steaks are liberally seasoned and then fried in a pan with a little coconut oil, or in my case, olive oil. Don’t worry too much if the steaks are a little on the side of rare at this point, they will be further cooked along with the vegetables.
With the steaks resting and the pan still hot, I tossed in the veggies. It takes only a few seconds to brown the mushrooms and soften the onion before adding a large handful of spinach leaves for added goodness. The steaks then go back into the pan and topped with a handful of cheddar cheese, Joe also uses mozzarella but I left this out this time around.
Whack a cover on top of the pan and let the cheese melt and the steaks continue to cook through. Incidentally don’t waste the juices that have come out of the steaks while they were resting, add that back into the pan for more flavour – it really does make a difference. Once the cheese had melted all that was left to do was to serve it up.
If this is healthy then I’m astonished. It’s incredibly tasty and doesn’t leave you feeling like a sit down after it. The steak was awesome and full of flavour from the searing heat in the first stage of cooking. Everything else is just perfect, especially the red onions and mushrooms, two of my favourite vegetables all coated in steak juices. Yum!
It ticks all the boxes, especially when you come home from a long day and want something that you can do in one pot and in a short amount of time. Hat’s off to Joe for this one, it’s another cracker from The Body Coach!
Joe Wicks Lean in 15 ‘The Shape Plan’ is available from Waterstones