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Cauliflower Pizza

One of my favourite recipes ever! No flour, full of protein and good carbs. This recipe was used (with great success) at our muscle building cookery class.

Ingredients – Serves 1

  • 1 head cauliflower, stalk removed
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten



Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Break the cauliflower into florets and pulse in a food processor until fine. Steam in a steamer basket and drain well. (I like to put it on a towel to get all the moisture out.) Let cool.

In a bowl, combine the cauliflower with the mozzarella, Parmesan, oregano, salt, garlic powder and eggs. Transfer to the center of the baking sheet and spread into a circle, resembling a pizza crust. Bake for 20 minutes.

Add desired toppings and bake an additional 10 minutes.


This recipe was made at our Fit Food – Running Class, created especially for Didsbury runners and their training for the Manchester Marathon


Marathon Food Planning

A few weeks before the big day start experimenting with different foods before and after a run, this will help you find the recipes you like – the last thing you want on race day is an unhappy tummy. Look for low GI carbohydrates such as past and wholegrain rice as they are slow energy releasing so will build up your carbohydrate stores. Make friends with pasta and porridge the final week before the race for real carb-loading. Watch out for gas-inducing carbs, such as broccoli, cabbage, beans or too much fruit, it can make running uncomfortable!

Prior to long runs

Up to a few hours before any long run, eat a meal high in low GI carbohydrates, moderate in protein and low in fat to give your body all the nutrients it needs for the next few hours. Good options are porridge with fruits, a chicken sandwich and fruit or a bagel and peanut butter.

During long runs

During runs over 90 minutes you need to replenish your carbohydrate. The body stores around 2,000 kcals of glycogen and after a few hours of running, you need to top up your carb stores. High GI carbohydrate foods which release energy quickly. Choose specially designed sport gels and isotonic drinks or try making your own take along snacks. Fuel every 45-60 minutes during a long run, with around 30-60 grams of carbohydrate (120-140 calories) per hour (e.g. a large banana), and don’t forget to stay hydrated with plenty of fluids and electrolytes.


Post long runs

There is a window of around 30 mins to replenish carbohydrate stores and soak up muscle-repairing protein after a run. Chocolate milk is a good mix of protein and carbs or whizz up a smoothie with lots of fruit. Drink plenty of fluids too to replace water and electrolytes lost through sweat.

Finally – Good Luck and enjoy the race.


Jan Cron – Kitchen Maverick

Has spent a lifetime learning the best cooking techniques and perfecting flavours, if 70% of being healthy is what you eat and 30% exercise then we need to concentrate on getting the best balance of tasty food into our bodies. He’s gone back to school to learn about nutrition, to research relevant, irrelevant and utterly absurd diets, so you don’t have to.

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