Book Review: The Feed Zone Table Cookbook: Family Style Meals to Nourish Life and Sport

It's been a while since RunOregon has posted some recipes from our Test Kitchen. So, fellow RunOregon blogger Kelly and I decided to try out the latest from The Feed Zone family of cookbooks with their third installment, titled The Feed Zone Table Cookbook: Family Style Meals to Nourish Life and Sport by Chef Biju Thomas and Dr. Allen Lim.This gorgeously bound collection of recipes have simple to follow directions to create some pretty amazingly healthy meals with simple, whole ingredients.

As athletes we all know the importance of fueling our bodies properly to reach our maximum potential. Getting the right nutrients and balance of carbs, protein and fats are essential to be able to get ourselves through our busy days and our workouts. This cookbook offers a variety of meals to satisfy everyone, including recipes that are vegetarian, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free. The pictures are beautiful and the bit about how we are affected by enjoying meals socially, was an added bonus.

Here is a little more information about what is included in this cookbook, (from the Feed Zone website):

Feed Zone Table brings over 100 all-new recipes to the popular Feed Zone series which includes The Feed Zone Cookbook and Feed Zone Portables. Included in the new Feed Zone Table:

  • The Science Behind Social Meals

  • 30+ Drinks, Starters, Sides, Salads, and Soups

  • 35+ Poultry, Seafood, Pork, Beef, Lamb, and Bison Dishes

  • 6 Meatless Dishes

  • 40+ Sweets, Oils & Dressings, Sauces & Spices

  • 15+ New Cooking Techniques

  • Quick & Recipes, Nutrition Facts, Index

Kelly, who isn’t “as much of a gourmet cook” as me (her words), tried it out first and made the hummus and a pasta dish. “What I liked about these recipes was that they are pretty easy, and so much tastier if you follow the cookbook’s instruction to use fresh ingredients. It seems that I appear to be a better cook when I do.” Kelly also liked the way that the recipes were presented – this cookbook would make a great gift – and that the book includes an introduction that explains why sharing food with other healthy-minded people has health benefits beyond what you put in your body. “Feed Zone makes me want to have a set day of the month to invite friends over for a big meal, where we can try new recipes, drink wine and complain about our running aches and pains.”

I love anything quick and healthy for weeknights, so I chose something that wouldn’t require me to buy anything I didn’t already have in my pantry. My husband is a comfort-food kind of guy, and prefers his meals to be of the “meat and potatoes” variety. With that in mind, I turned to the poultry section of the cookbook and chose a recipe that would satisfy both us. Without further adieu … here is what I chose …

Kalamata Chicken with New Potatoes

Time:        45-47 minutes                                           Yield: 6 servings

Nutrition information–Calories: 406 Protein: 31 grams Carbs: 38 grams Fat: 14 grams Fiber: 5 grams Sodium: 1,067 milligrams

Ingredients: 

  • small potatoes (new red or Yukon gold), cut in half
  • skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • all-purpose flour mixed with 1 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • olive oil
  • onion, diced (preferably red, for color)
  • cloves of garlic, smashed
  • crushed tomatoes OR diced fresh tomatoes
  • pitted Kalamata olives
  • coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • chopped fresh basil

Instructions: You’ll have to check out the Feed Zone cookbook to see how we made it!

My version looks better than the photo in the cookbook! I recommend using cast-iron to cook everything evenly.

Review: This turned out SO well! I had my parents over for dinner to try it, and they loved it and so did my husband. I served it with a side of corn I cut off the cob (left overs from Fourth of July BBQ) and sauteed it with butter, paprika and pepper. This made for a filling meal! Full disclosure: I used half new potatoes and half yams to liven the color and give it a different taste. I also didn’t cut the chicken into pieces, since the breasts I used were small. Since the sodium content is relatively high, this would be a perfect meal after a long run to help replenish the electrolytes in your system. This was so easy and delicious and I will definitely make it again.

 

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