I don’t watch a lot of traditional television anymore, but I do watch a lot of Youtube videos. Some of the channels that I regularly keep up with are Bon Appetit, You Suck at Cooking, NPR Music, and (yes) Fit Men Cook.
I love Kevin Curry’s onscreen personality, and his content. I’ve mentioned this in passing before, but the thing I love next to food is fitness. I’m not a total gym rat, but I workout regularly for both general health and mental health. “Healthy cooking” at that point is a natural intersection of interests, which is how I found Curry’s Youtube channel. I can’t remember if I was looking for a certain recipe, or just for meal prep ideas (most likely the later). And later when the FMC app was made available, I immediately downloaded it onto my tablet.
Hilariously, I never got around to making any of his recipes until the release of his new cookbook, which is also named Fit Men Cook. I’m not sure why. A few of his recipes are on the to-do-list but I guess “out of sight, out of mind”? (This is the main reason why I will never give up my physical cookbooks. I easily forget all the things I want to make if I’m just bookmarking a web page. I’m more likely to flip through a cookbook when I’m looking for ideas.)
The recipe section is broken down into these chapters:
- Land and Sea
- Salads, Soups, Sauces
- Grass Fed AF
- Comfort Food Makeovers
- Sweets and Snacks
Every recipe has flags for:
- Dairy free
- Follower favorite
- Gluten free
- High Protein
- Keto friendly
- Low carb
- One skillet/pot
- Quick and easy
- Slow cooker
- Team #nowaste
- Plant based
More importantly if you’re tracking your food, every recipe comes with nutritional information for calories, protein, carbs, fat, fiber, sugar, and sodium.
It also is comforting that, like his onscreen personality, none of the recipes sound intimidating.
The recipe I was going to make for this review was his Chicken Crust Pizza (also available on his website at the time of this post). But then the coldest week this season hit the Greater Boston area, and I quickly changed my mind. I tried the Lean Tex-Mex Turkey Chili as my inaugural FMC recipe.
The ingredients are fairly common for a a chili: garlic, bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, oregano, a can of chopped green chilies, broth, and tomatoes. This particular recipe uses ground turkey, but Curry mentions 95% lean ground beef, ground chicken, or TVP as substitutes. I did not make any substitutions.
It was very easy to make and the results were tasty. I do think that it was more watery than what I was accustomed to in a chili, but it proved to be a minor detail for me. I chose to bulk my bowl up with half of a roasted sweet potato… and consequently made it less healthy by adding queso fresco. (Ooops?) But in all seriousness, the sweet potato and cheese paired great so I don’t have much by way of regrets. That is to say that this chili is more on the basic/fundamental side of things but it’s easy to tweak it to your liking and with little extra effort.
Then in a rare move, I made another FMC recipe during my following meal prep day. This time, emboldened by the chili results, I made the Chicken Crust Pizza. (Also, the weather isn’t as miserably cold this week.)
It smelled amazing when it was cooking. It looked kind of amazing too when it was done. However, I’m not sure this recipe is really my thing as I generally despise (DESPISE) chicken breast which is used as the crust in his pizza recipe. I think it has a lot of potential and I think I need to experiment some more. My chicken crust was too dry. (For this recipe, I did not follow strictly as I wasn’t intending to add it to the review. Next time I will add more sauce and hope for the best.) But if you’re counting macros or just trying to meal prep a healthier version of pizza, then I would recommend this recipe.
For me, I’m glad I started off with the chili recipe as it was the better of my two results.
Other recipes that I want to try (probably after the holidays… when I’m trying to get off the junk food wagon):
- Quick protein granola
- Slow cooker banana chai oatmeal
- Thyme cheeseburger breakfast casserole
- Pulled chicken mole
- Spicy un-Texan black bean chili
- Cold coconut curry in a jar
- Tempeh and butternut squash ginger fry
- Red coconut Dahl
- Mac and chili bachelor(ette) bowl
- Chocolate-crusted strawberry cheez-cake
- Nut butter cookies
Overall, I’m really enjoying this book and wish Kevin Curry continued success with his Fit Men Cook brand. I highly recommend the book to anyone who looking of meal prep ideas, or anyone who needs to be a bit more careful with their eating habits. I’m not sure if I’d recommend this book to someone who is a complete beginner in the kitchen, but with a few basic skills, all of the recipes are very accessible.
Disclaimer – I received this book from Touchstone for this review. I’m not getting paid for this post. The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.