Fuel Up: 6 Easy Weeknight Dinners for Hungry Mountain Bikers

Mar 20, 2020
by Sarah Moore  

There's no better time to master some easy weeknight dinners than right now. These six recipes are some of my go-to's. They're quick to make, have lots of flavour, and the majority of the ingredients have longer shelf lives so they are simple to keep on hand in the cupboard and freezer. NB: As the world struggles to suppress the spread of COVID-19, please follow the guidelines of your local health authorities.

Soy Marinated Tofu Bowls with Spicy Peanut Sauce
Budget Bytes

There's really nothing better than a meal complete with protein, carbs, and veggies that comes together in one bowl with massive flavour. The spicy peanut sauce in this recipe is by far the best I've ever tasted and I use it on any recipe that calls for peanut sauce. You'll probably want to double it because it's good enough to eat with a spoon... You can also sub out fresh or frozen broccoli, green beans for the snap peas depending on what you've got on hand and what's available at the grocery store. (Click here for the recipe.)

Brussel Sprouts and Bacon Pesto Salad
Recipe Runner

Pasta with cheese is pretty much the ultimate comfort food. Add bacon, lemon and pesto for extra flavour and brussel sprouts for nutrients (turns out veggies are good for you) and you've got a super fast to make and delicious dinner. Plus, brussel sprouts are a hardy vegetable that keep for a long time in the fridge, as do pesto and unopened bacon, so this is a perfect meal to keep on hand for a quick evening meal. You could also use sausage or ham for the meat and just throw in whatever vegetables you have on hand. (Click here for the recipe.)

Winter Grain Salad Recipe
Run Fast. Cook Slow.

Elyse Kopecky and Olympian Shalane Flanaghan's cooking books, Run Fast. Cook Slow and Run Fast. Cook Fast. East Slow are my go-to's for everyday dinners. Their blog has a few great recipes on it if you aren't tempted to buy the books yet, like this super easy and delicious roasted carrot and wild rice salad. It's super simple and there aren't very many ingredients, but for some reason when it comes together, it is way tastier you would expect. (Click here for the recipe.)

20-Minute Sesame Chicken
Gimme Delicious

Rolling the chicken in corn starch before cooking it makes it super juicy. Combine that with the sweet sesame sauce and you've got a sticky, sweet and savoury meal that is super easy to make. You could pair this with a slaw salad if you're so inclined. Chicken freezes super well and you can thaw it out within a couple on the counter, in the fridge, or under lukewarm water, so this is an easy one to keep all the ingredients on hand and make in a hurry. (Click here for the recipe.)

The Many Lives of Roberto, A Soup
New Yorker

Apparently this soup recipe went viral on social media because of the somewhat unconventional conversational way that it is written. It's great if you're not super comfortable in the kitchen yet since it explains the minutiae of the cooking process more than usual recipes and helps you to learn how to make decisions in the kitchen. You can freeze the soup if there are leftovers or re-heat it for multiple lunches or dinners. I usually just throw in a bag of frozen kale instead of chopping up fresh kale. (Click here for the recipe.)

1-Pot Red Lentil Chili
Minimalist Baker

This chili is as spicy as you want it to be and packs in a lot of flavour with the chili powder, cumin, and paprika. The list of ingredients might look long and intimidating, but once you get into the routine of cooking, you'll find you keep the majority of them on hand so you'll just have to pick up jalapenos and a red pepper at the grocery store when you have the "I don't know what to make" dilemma. (Click here for the recipe.)

What are some of your favourite weeknight dinners?


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 Pinkbike is really HUNGRY for content right now eh
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 i'm starving for more content
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 @Kimura: I'm starving because there's no food in the grocery store.
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 @SangamonTaylor: My butt itches because there's no toilet paper
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 WTF status recipes
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 @DaFreerider44: LMFAOOOOOOOO my asian homie
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 @Kimura: the one who downvoted your comment is certainly missing his fvcking MacD. Bon appetit!!!
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 I don't know about the rest of you but I'm craving a donut right about now.... a Grim donut.....
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 @pkrides: werd. I feel like giving the readers an earlier grim donut release is the way to help in this time of crisis.
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 @DaFreerider44: Cut your finger nails-------shorter.
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 @DaFreerider44: leaf it out
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 @pkrides: I want a grim donut huck to flat but Mike Levy said no Frown
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 @DaFreerider44: Maybe from the roof of his mini its only 3-1/5 feet
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 pinkbike is now my new favorite culinary website
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 As long as toilet paper isn't the main ingredient you should be able to make it.
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 Depends on how much spice you add to some of these....
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 What kind of toilet paper do the pros use?
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 @jorgeposada: double ply
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 @Mfro: wire bead Eek
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 You guys are tubeless.
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 donde estan los tacos?
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 ¡Dans ton cul!
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 Moar of this content plz.
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 Pinkbike making us hungry while the supermarket is sold out on daily basis............ Duh..!!
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 They all look so good!
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 I love this sort of content! Eating well is a great way to stay healthy enough to have the best time on your bike. At some point in our lives, we all ate cheap, unhealthy foods. I have a feeling that I'm not in the minority, being an aging biker and making healthier food choices on the daily. Much appreciated! BTW, it's Run Fast, Eat Slow, and Run Fast, Cook Fast, Eat Slow. Both are awesome.
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 Pinkbike I dare You to review The Deuce UL Trowel. Should add some traffic to the site.
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 Da fuq??!! Are they serious?
Damn, I should have started a company with my idea of urinals for women for peeing while standing...
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 @chmurka3rg: ever been backcountry camping? Gotta go somewhere or carry it out. It’s also not for taking a piss though
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 Naw the gotta review the Palmer Fixture RD0027-02F Twin Jumbo Tissue Dispenser with Core Adaptor, Black Translucent.
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 When is breakfast and lunch coming?
Please include pantry odds and ends as that is all that will be left soon.
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 Thanks Pink Bike for that delicious article. More of that please! Our guts are our second brain, and when this one is happy, the first one can`t get happier Smile
Bon appetit!!!
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 Just made a double recipe of the bacon/Brussels sprout pasta, really good but not sure why any recipe would be written for only 8oz pasta. Also we haven't had tofu in my grocery store in Seattle for months now.
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 OK people.

Next article will be: Best BEER for XC'ers, Enduro'ers, DH'ers

I guess it won't be Corona though..
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 I stopped reading after tofu ...
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 Preview of Levy doing one next week: Doughnuts & Monster Energy.
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 You know we all survive off burritos and coffee!
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 Tofu, when there really is fxxk all else to eat.
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 I'm honestly enjoying this events hiatus content... good work!
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 I'll take the KFC fried chicken donut sandwich. These recipes look like they are for mountain bikers.
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 I also recommend the thug cook book. All recipes are vegan and/or veg and simple to make but delicious. Eat like you give a f*ck!
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 We have different definitions of "easy".
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 What?!?! No hotdog casserole??
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 If this is what's eaten in Squamish on weeknights, imagine what it's like on weekends
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 What about steak pie, chips, mushy pea's and onion gravy!
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 is this the new "GrubHub"?
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 I'd imagine the french were pleased with this article.....
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 A great photo, from a simpler time...
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 I stopped reading at "veggies are good for you"

Pizza forever!
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 MORE RECIPES please Smile
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 Eat shit
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