Soup up your game

Boss the five-a-side pitch by wolfing down these liquid meals before and after every midweek match

 

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THE MUSCLE BUILDER: HUNGARIAN GOULASH

Ingredients (serves 6)

• 700g of beef chuck steak
• 5 white onions, diced
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 2 tablespoons of sweet
Hungarian paprika
• ½ teaspoon of whole
caraway seeds
• 250g of tomatoes, chopped
• 750ml of beef stock
• 3 large potatoes,
peeled and diced
 
How to make it
• Heat oil, sear chuck steak and set aside
• Sauté onions in olive oil until they colour, then lower heat and cover to soften
• Add paprika, caraway seeds, tomato, seared beef and stock. Cover and simmer for at least an hour
• Add potatoes and cook for half an hour
 
How it helps
High in zinc, the steak will boost testosterone levels, supporting muscle growth. With thighs like Roberto Carlos you’ll be blasting holes through the goalkeeper, let alone the net
 
 

THE RECOVERY AID: SPICY TOMATO AND BASIL

Ingredients (serves 6)

• 1 tablespoon of olive oil
• 3 white onions, diced
• 2 carrots, peeled and diced
• 1 garlic clove, diced
• ½ teaspoon of oregano
• Pinch of dried red chilli flakes
• 1,200g of chopped tomatoes
• 50g of tomato puree
• 1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
• 500ml of vegetable stock
• Small handful of basil leaves
 
How to make it
• Heat oil and fry off onions and carrots until they colour
• Add garlic, chilli and oregano to the pan and cook briefly
• Add stock, chopped tomatoes, tomato puree and sugar, cover and
bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes
• Add the basil leaves
• Blend until smooth
 
How it helps
Tomatoes contain lycopene, which helps repair muscles and return
blood levels to normal levels after you’ve put in a shift on the pitch
 
 

THE ENERGY BOOSTER: TOULOUSE SAUSAGE CASSOULET

Ingredients (serves 6)

• 6 Toulouse sausages
• 2 tablespoons of olive oil
• 20g of salted butter
• 90g of bacon lardons
• 1 white onion, 1 carrot, 1 celery
stick and 1 garlic clove, all diced
• 400ml of chicken stock
• 3 tablespoons of tomato puree
• 400g of chopped tomatoes
• ½ teaspoon of oregano
• 1 teaspoon of thyme
• 100ml of white wine
• 400g of Haricot beans
• 200g of Cannellini beans
• 1 dessert spoon of Dijon mustard
• Handful of chopped parsley
 
How to make it
• Grill sausages and slice into coins
• Heat oil and butter, fry off bacon
• Sauté onions, carrot, celery and garlic, lower heat, cover to soften
• Add white wine, reduce slightly, add chopped tomatoes, tomato
puree, oregano, thyme and stock
• Add beans, sausage, heat through
• Stir in parsley and mustard
 
How it helps
The beans’ protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium and B vitamins will fuel your whirring pistons

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