Lean in 15 and why I was wrong about Joe Wicks

Man do I hate being proven wrong! Or those annoying times when I feel like I have to “take it back” but I will hold my hands up and say that Joe Wicks from The Body Coach is a legend.

I started following Joe on Instagram but left his account last year. I’m not a fan of body transformations taking up my news feed and quite frankly some of his videos were kind of annoying. I couldn’t work out whether I LOVED him or HATED him. (Disclaimer: obviously I would never hate him – what he is doing is unreal I just didn’t want to hear screaming little trees at 7am which is when I am usually scrolling through my feed).

The other weekend I was waiting in kings cross to grab a train back to the folks house when I spotted his book in WHSmith. I had a flick through and surprisingly loved the simplicity of it. So I took the plunge and bought it. I read tonnes of it on the train and loved it even more. Most of my healthy eating books are vegan – but I’m not. Joes book on the other hand was so so accessible and slightly tweaked every day recipes to make them healthier.

When I got back to London I started trying out some of his recipes and I have to tell you – I am hooked! It is now my go to book for a little insp when I am doing my weekly shop. I am buying ingredients like tuna steak and duck breasts which rarely featured on my weekly menu. I am cooking them (in simple recipes) and loving the meals – I will usually cook some extra carbs to keep The Boy happy but he loves it too.

Below are my three absolute favourite recipes from Joes book.

I can’t recommend this book enough so if you haven’t made the purchase I suggest you head out and do it!

Joe’s Chicken Pie

The secret to this is to use Filo pastry!! Its unreal and will please everyone and anyone you cook for.

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Tuna Steak with Mango Salsa

1 Tuna Steak

salt and pepper

1 tbsp coconut oil

2 spring onions

2 tbsp tinned black eyed beans (I skipped these because I dont like them and used other beans instead)

1 avocado

1/2 mango

1 small tomato

1 tbsp olive oil

juice of 1 lime

bunch of coriander

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Duck, Green beans and Walnuts

I havent made this look pretty but lets face it – not all food is intagram worthy.  It is however delicious.  I served with baby potatoes because I LIKE CARBS.

1 tbsp olive oil

240g duck breast fillet

salt and pepper

100g green beans

1 tbsp walnut oil

40g walnuts

2 tbsp sundried tomatoes

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