Brrrr, my bike rides have gotten really cold. The layers are being piled on and gloves are a no brainer. In terms of the three triathlon disciplines the bike is most definitely my weakest discipline and to get this skill up for next season the Winter is going to involve some long and tough hunger inducing tours. If only my fellow competitors took as relaxed an attitude during races as the owner of this bike in Fulham. With all the aggressive commuters and Bradley Wiggins wannabes I meet in Richmond Park, it’s refreshing to see someone has a more Parisian or Dutch approach to their rides.
As a vegetarian I get more than fed up of eating cheese and eggs so turn to pulses for a filling protein fix. Although humans have been consuming lactose products for thousands of years our bodies are still not fully adapted to digesting all the enzymes. A case in point is that huge proportions of Asian populations are lactose intolerant. Many regular runners already face digestive issues such as ‘runners trot’ which can be aggravated by taking on large quantities of lactose.
Conscious of this, today I delved into an old school vegetarian cook book, Rose Elliot’s ‘Vegetarian Fast Food’ which my grandmother gave me a number of years ago. Some of my early cooking memories are with my grandmother so I always get a warm sentimental feeling when I follow in her path and use one of her old cook books. It is amazing how this book has stood the test of time in terms of tasty and nutritious food which is quick to make. Wanting a satiating and nutritious meal I decided to try the Two Bean Salad with Garlic Bread. In fact, I substituted the garlic bread with some farmers market bought sourdough which got me to the table faster.
The olive oil and mustard dressing donated subtle Italian and French flavours to otherwise simple beans as well as having the benefits of unsaturated fats. Opting for filling beans as my protein option meant I felt a lesser need for bread which can be a great way to beat hunger but not so nutrient dense as pulses. If you want to make a more substantial meal though or use the leftovers for dinner you could serve the beans with quinoa instead of bread which would give you even more of a protein hit. If I had access to a recipe online I would share the link but one does not seem to exist and I fear if I copy the recipe up here I will breach copyright laws. I bet you can find similar concepts for yourself though.