Anabolic is a term that means muscle growth promoting and an anabolic cookbook is just a list of foods that are great for muscle growth promoting. Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cooking is usually what comes to people minds.
Dave’s book is great, and highly recommended, but I also suggest that everyone have their own favorite anabolic recipes, whether you physically have them all written down and in a folder or even bound or stored electrically, or maybe just in your head.
Mine contains a number of favorite recipes from Dave’s book, as well as some of my own.
One of the biggest failures with bodybuilding diets is boredom and failure due to lack of tasty variety.
You and your palate get bored. Having a list of easy foods that rock, anabolically speaking, helps avoid this. Hey, if your body demands nutrients and your mind agrees and all you have is potato chips and chocolate chip cookies it may get ugly. Now occasional cheating is fine, but not more than occasionally!
I always keep good ingredients on hand, as well as a few simple and quick recipes to help avoid the train wreck mentioned above . . .
My most commonly made recipe is one of my omelets, which is simple, fast, and only has rough directions. 3 eggs, some extra whites if I have them handy, and whatever veggies I have at hand. I break the eggs into a lightly buttered non-stick pan, add extra egg white, loosely scramble in the pan, and then add veggies. Depending on the veggies I might lightly cook them first, like the mushrooms and spinach I used today, or drop them right into the egg mixture like the onions and red peppers I often use.
I also have a great Chinese black bean scallop dish that is low in fat, high in protein, simple to cook, and always a hit.
Of course you can’t have fresh seafood just lying around like I do with many other ingredients, like eggs (I get mine from a neighbor, they taste better), veggies (usually fresh, I also have some canned or frozen just in case), beans, tuna fish, and a lot more.
Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cooking has simple simple recipes anyone can cook easily, and I mean ANYONE, that promote muscle growth, discourage cheating, and taste great. Recipes range from 2 dozen great breakfasts to over a dozen anabolic desserts, and include the likes of: apple and cinnamon muffins, classic Denver omelets, Chicken Marsala, Tangy Thai Chicken, Chili, Jamaican Pork, New England Crabcakes, lots of salads, many types of inexpensive and easy to make protein bars, and much more.
This is a great start, and all most people need, to an Anabolic Cookbook.
You can eat awesome tasting food, healthy muscle-building fat-melting food, that is easy to prepare, and inexpensive.
Or instead maybe you want to eat egg whites, tuna straight out of the can, chicken and steamed veggies, and cheat several times a week and make minimal if any progress? The choice is yours!