3 runner-friendly fast food recipes

Rustle up fast food that's far tastier and healthier than your local takeaway.

by Matthew Kadey, Ruth Emmett

sweet and sour stir fry
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Ditch: Takeaway king prawn with pineapple

Switch: Joint-protecting sweet and sour stir-fry

Not only are prawns a lean source of protein, “they also provide the mineral selenium, which may help reduce joint inflammation”, says Scritchfield. The copper in cashews helps iron carry oxygen to muscles, she adds, and butter beans have fibre, protein and potassium – an electrolyte essential for organ and muscle function.

Make it!
Heat a tbsp of oil in a large pan. Cook two tsp of crushed garlic, one tsp of chilli flakes, a handful of frozen vegetables and a tbsp of butter beans for five minutes. Stir in two handfuls of frozen prawns and cook for three minutes. Add a handful of unsalted cashews, a small can of pineapple chunks, 240ml of jarred sweet and sour sauce, and heat. Serve over brown rice.

Try this: Use tinned mango instead of pineapple; swap butter beans for edamame; use firm tofu or chicken instead of prawns.

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i love food
Posted: 14/05/2012 at 10:36

I like food too.  I find it hard to do without it, to be honest.

Posted: 14/05/2012 at 13:16

Only vegan food for me pref. raw! Non vegan just isn't food, which means I avoid non-veg restaurants due to lack of variety.
Posted: 15/05/2012 at 10:51

i am sick of goat's cheese. why do people assume that all vegetarians love it. also hate the term "vegetarian food" - i eat food not some weird stuff that people think that people who don't eat meat like.
Posted: 15/05/2012 at 21:33

Quality thread.

Posted: 15/05/2012 at 22:44

I'm vegan too - why do restuarant menus have cheese on every veg dish - grrr!
Posted: 16/05/2012 at 08:11


I don't like cheese much either.

Posted: 16/05/2012 at 22:17

Why always goats cheese!  I love lots of different cheese but not goats. Why are restaurants obsessed with it?
Posted: 19/05/2012 at 06:59

I've been Vege since I was 10 yrs old - I'm 40 now 

 There have been some big changes over the years here in the UK Although it depends on where you go.

Brighton's GOOD

 I don't get Chinese restaurants/take aways marking dishes with oyster sauce in as vege - Vegetarians do NOT eat meat or fish  

Posted: 21/05/2012 at 10:43

Ive tried this meal. Very nice.

I did amend it slightly as not a big fan of rice so I added prawns/chicken & cashew nuts to veg stir fry. Ver tasky and does not bloat as would with rice. Lovely after a run.

Posted: 08/06/2012 at 09:01

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