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Welcome to Athlete Food - our continuous adventure to seek out healthy food around the globe and at our own dinner tables. Hope you are inspired to get on a plane or get out the plates and cook a healthy dinner tonight!

Avoid Dinner Fails: Consider How Much Time You Have to Cook (and how tired you are)

The Strategy: Pick the Right Recipe for the Moment 


The Story: Don’t let all of Laurel and Bec’s gorgeous Athlete Food photos and our scrumptious recipes fool you: we are not immune from the cooking fail. On a small scale, there are the ingredients left out every time we cook with our kids. Off hand I recall carrot-free carrot cake cupcakes and an accidentally sugar-free version of chocolate chip banana bread muffins (tasted good; went stale in less than a day). 

And sometimes we go big. You can hear Bec relive her raw Thanksgiving turkey and find out how my steamed fish set off the smoke alarms on the podcast we did with Another Mother Runner radio. 

We have noticed that our biggest fails happen when we choose the wrong recipe for the moment. Bec attempted to cook an entire Thanksgiving dinner for her extended family, Downton Abby-esqu table setting included—while training for a half ironman and with her then 1-year-old underfoot. I decided to try out my new fish steamer while home alone with three kids on a school night. 

Better dinners happen when we realistically consider not just what we want to eat, but how much time we have to get dinner on the table and when we have that window on a given week or day. Today, we pass our hard-won wisdom along to you. --Melissa

If you have…

-1 hour on Sunday to cook for the week

Then make Athlete Food Meatballs and chicken fajitas

If you have…

-30-minutes flat…

Good Enough Fish Tacos

If you have…

-15 minutes and pre-cooked rice in your fridge

Then cook Pesto Shrimp Rice Bowls

If you have…

--muscles too tired to hold a knife

Then…avoid eating ice cream for dinner with a no-cook power bowl

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