One of the best things about summer in the Rockies is that you’re never short of adventure. Whether you’re mountain biking after work or climbing at the local crag, we thought we’d share of favorite quick and easy post-adventure meals. Of course, it doesn’t matter what part of the country you live in to enjoy these tasty bites!
Tuna Niçoise Salad
Packed with protein and omega-3 fatty acids, a Tuna Niçoise Salad is a quick fix after a long run or hard workout. Plus, it’s super classy – especially compared to your sweat-stained shirt and muddy shorts! Basic ingredients include a can of dolphin-safe tuna, free-range eggs, spinach, tomatoes, and boiled or baked new potatoes. This recipe from the BBC shows just how easy it is!
Vegetarian Texas Chili
No, this is not an oxymoron. With three different types of beans and sweet potatoes, our favorite veggie chili is filling and rich in protein. The sweet potatoes add a lovely texture and sweet flavor to balance the spice. Make a big pot of this at the beginning of the week, and you’ll have several easy meals to re-heat after a hard ride. This recipe from Cookie + Kate is a good place to start, but we typically double the chili powder and add a tsp of oregano.
Spicy Thai Peanut Stir-fry
This another multi-meal dish that can be made in advance. (We’re fans of leftovers, if you couldn’t tell!) This can be made with either chicken or tofu and any mix of good stir-fry vegetables like onions, garlic, broccoli, mushrooms, red bell peppers, and plenty of ginger. Make it with a hearty brown rice or egg noodles. Epicurious has a fantastic peanut sauce recipe (more protein!), but we typically double it for multiple meals.
Ratatouille with Pan-Fried Halloumi
Another meal to make you feel trés sophisticated after a gnarly climb. Ratatouille is a vegetarian French country dish made of zucchinis, eggplants, tomatoes, and lots of basil. Jamie Oliver’s recipe makes several days worth of ratatouille. Pair it with pan-fried halloumi (also known as grilling cheese, which can be grilled or pan-fried without melting) and a fresh baguette and you’ll be feeling quite healthy!