However; for anyone who lives with a high maintenance athlete or a bodybuilder, it can be hard to eat with them--especially if you are trying to maintain or even lose weight. My former roommate Caleb and my long time partner Dee knew this feeling too well. During my bulking periods, I would be eating a "disgusting" amount of calories (in the neighborhood of 5000-8000 a day). So to reach out to my friends, I decided to try to change up some of my recipes so I could still bulk, but they could still enjoy a meal with me.
I decided to make this "healthy and flavorful meal" for Dee and I this last weekend. Here's the Recipe and the Breakdown.
Tip: Buy in bulk...
3-4 strips bacon, cut into thirds
1½ cup broccoli
½ sweet onion, sliced
1 clove minced garlic
½ can of Chicken Broth (low sodium optional)
1 cup rice (add 1/6 cup vermicelli and +½ can of Chicken Broth for variety in texture)
celery salt (1 tbsp)
black pepper (1 tsp)
onion powder (1 tsp)
garlic powder (1 tsp)
2 tbsp olive oil
Makes 4-6 servings...Easily serves 1 bodybuilder.
~1280 calories = 50g Fat (450c), 125g Protein (500c), 77g Carbs (308c) (sources: caloriecounter.com)
1: Set stove top to low heat. Sauté onions and garlic, pan fry bacon until brown-set aside.
2: Set stove top to medium low heat and coat pan with oil (olive oil spray is good). Cut chicken into pieces and slowly brown (making sure inside is cooked through).
3: Add broth, onions, garlic, bacon, and spices to chicken and stir. Set to simmer.
4: Cook broccoli and rice covered for 7-10 minutes (til broccoli softened and rice is tender).
5: Mix broccoli and rice to chicken.
6: Cook till the broth reduced down to a cream.
Serve and Enjoy. May be stored and served for up to 2 days.