This curry doubles as a pretty damn amazing evening treat whilst also being a recovery day special. It’s loaded with anti inflammatory spices such as ginger, turmeric and cumin to support mopping up some of that damage caused by heavy training and the rigours of life.
Red meats such as beef steak are also a good source of iron. There are two kinds of iron, heme and non heme iron. Heme iron is from animals and non heme is from plants. Heme iron is far better absorbed by the body than non heme, which is especially important to be aware of if you’re a vegetarian of vegan.
Low iron levels may be the reason behind low energy levels and poor recovery. Your body uses iron to make hemoglobin, a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body. It’s also helps make myoglobin, a protein that provides oxygen to muscles.
Both low iron levels and high levels of inflammation in the body can be detrimental to recovery and hinder making progress towards fitness and health based goals.
(Serves 2/3 people)
- 225g Sirloin Steak chopped up
- 1 medium diced onion
- 4 cloves of garlic minced/finely chopped
- 1 red sweet pepper roughly chopped
- Handful of halved cherry tomatoes
- 2 tbsp of ground ginger
- 1 tbsp of cumin
- 1 tbsp of turmeric
- 2 tbsp of chopped coriander (one chopped finely, the other roughly chopped)
- 1 tin of chopped tomatoes
- 1/2 tin of coconut milk
- 1 tsp of sea salt
- 1 tsp of cracked black pepper
- 2 tbsp of coconut oil
- Add both tbsp of coconut oil to a large pan or wok, and melt on a low heat. Once melted, add the spices, finely chopped coriander, salt & pepper and mix into a paste.
- Add onions and lightly cook until translucent. Now add meat and garlic. Continue to cook on low heat until the beef is browned on the surface.
- Add chopped tomatoes, stir and cook the meat on a low heat for roughly 2/3 minutes.
- Add coconut cream and roughly chopped coriander, cherry tomatoes and the sweet pepper.
- Cover the curry and allow to simmer on low heat for 15/20 minutes.
Serve with either rice or if watching your calories, cauliflower rice or just as it is in a bowel.