The Runner’s World Cookbook Review & My Top 7 Favorite Recipes
I’ll just say right off the bat that this is a great cookbook! The majority of the recipes I’ve attempted to recreate have been delicious and healthful… and I’ve also discovered some absolute favorites! Two or three of these recipes were just so-so for me, but I have plans to make them again with several tweaks, and I have high hopes that they will easily be transformed to my personal taste. There is a color-coded recipe key used throughout the book, so each recipe is labeled with several possibilities, such as: pre-run, vegetarian, low-calorie, vegan, recovery, etc. It has a lot of great information about nutrition, especially nutrition as it pertains to running, but this book is also a great resource to those of us who are not runners. ;)
Check out the recipes I thought were most noteworthy to decide if this cookbook is for you!
1. Hearty Whole Grain Muffins (page 16)
While these muffins certainly are hearty and dense, they are also moist and delightfully sweet (but not too sweet). I served these for my book study ladies, and we all agreed that these muffins were excellent! I highly suggest you serve them warm, with plenty of good butter. These make a nice, filling breakfast, or a mid-afternoon snack to have with your tea of coffee. For the record, I used blackberries and slivered almonds.
2. Coconut-Almond Energy Bars (page 44)
I made these before we took off on a weekend trip with some friends, and they were great to have on hand! They have great flavor along with a nice texture. A perfect little pick-me-up in the afternoon when you’re a bit hungry. I recommend making a half-batch of these, as the recipe makes quite a few!
3. Chicken Salad with Pea, Feta, and Mint (page 68)
This salad was refreshing and satisfying. I think I’ll be making this quite a few times this summer. The dressing really suits the salad, and the addition of the mint was totally unique! I’ve never had mint in a salad, and surprisingly, it really worked. I’m always looking for more interesting salad recipes, because I get so bored! But I keep eating them, because I know they’re good for me. ;)
4. Chicken-Quinoa Soup (page 106)
I found this soup recipe to be very comforting, like the classic, but with a twist of the quinoa to replace the noodles. I like that this is a bit healthier (there are plenty of vegetables!) than the original version, which is pretty important when it’s a go-to recipe for sickness. ;) I plan to adopt this as my signature chicken soup recipe.
5. Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries and Pine Nuts (page 120)
I really like chicken salad. This is probably because I really like good mayonnaise. This chicken salad is unique with the curry seasoning and the pine nuts, and it is equally delicious! The sweetness of the apples and craisins pairs very well with the curry… hmmm. I recommend piling this onto a bed of spinach or a good, hearty, whole wheat bread for lunch!
6. Chicken with Asparagus, Mushrooms, and Rice (page 184)
One pot meals are the best! This one is simple and flavorful… a great meal for any night of the week. It’s both filling and satisfying. It takes a bit of time, but a lot of it is hands-off, which makes it alright with me. ;)
7. Sticky Toffee Figgy Cupcakes (page 253)
Oh my goodness, these are SO GOOD! I decided to make them in my jumbo muffin pan, for kicks, and boy, are these tasty. They’re fairly dense cupcakes, but they’re ultra moist and they have wonderful flavor, especially with the homemade caramel topping. These cupcakes aren’t crazy sweet, so they actually work well for breakfast as well as dessert. Yes. Make these and you won’t be disappointed.
-Spinach, Bacon, and Sweet Potato Salad (page 64)
-Crunchy Cocoa Chili (page 111)