Chorizo and Cannellini Stew

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It’s unfair on the people you work with, not to give them a chance to do their jobs” – Andy Murray

 

Chorizo is a great source of protein after a long, hard session because it is a high source of protein and especially after an intense training session.

However, the need to balance this out and not eat too much of it is also important as chorizo sausage is made out of Beef and Pork and the process of which this gets to our shelves is harmless to the environment, besides it is important that we only eat meat now and again.

However, when we do have it, Chorizo is high in protein and especially good after an intense session it I said high in fat, which is extra important for athletes at that particular time as it is vital we replenish the glucose stores in the liver, pancreas and brain after we fatigue. It also contains tons of good vitamins such as Vitamin B12.

Cannellini beans are incredibly vital for our nutrition and so are it’s fellow pulses. They contain tons of folate and vitamins but more importantly a huge amount of iron and protein.

The iron in these beans are great for topping up our iron levels because when we do intense exercise, our iron levels in our blood take a hit (even more so if running in hot weather) and it is hugely important that we replace the iron that we have used during exercise. Failure to replenish iron levels regularly can result in affected mood, performance and lack of energy. This is why it is Important to eat lots of fruit, vegetables and pulses.

Furthermore, we can get nearly as much protein from cannellini beans as we can from things such as red meats etc.

 

1 tbsp rapeseed oil ( 40 Calories, 5g Fat, 0g Carbs, 0g Protein)

110g/4oz cooked, fresh chorizo whole Sausage, cut into pieces ( 135 Calories, 12g Fat, 1g Carbs, 12g Fat)

1 onion, finely chopped ( 38 Calories, 0g Fat, 8g Carbs, 1g Protein)

1 garlic clove, crushed ( 5 Calories, 0g Fat, 1g Carbs, 0g Protein)

400g tin chopped tomatoes ( 94 Calories, 0g Fat, 14g Carbs, 6g Protein)

400g tinned cannellini beans in water, drained ( 198 Calories, 2g Fat, 26g Carbs, 16g Protein)

crusty Ciabatta roll, to serve ( 194 Calories, 3g Fat, 33g Carbs, 8g Protein)

 

 

1) Fry the Chorizo in the oil in a deep saucepan until all its oils are released.

2) Add the Onion and Garlic once its oils are released and fry for a further 4-5 minutes until the Onion and garlic softens and their flavours combine with the Sausage.

3) Add the chopped tomatoes and cannellini beans and bring to the boil. Then simmer for 10 minutes, adding a little water if the stew becomes too thick.

4) Ladle in to a deep Soup bowl.

5) Serve with crusty, toasted and buttered Ciabatta Bread.

 

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