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Speedy supper, anyone? Make THIS tonight

Looking for healthy dinner ideas - take inspiration from Olympic gymnast Max Whitlock for a meal that's quick, tasty and packed with protein.

If you’re seeking healthy dinner options, Team GB double Olympic gold medallist gymnast, Max Whitlock, can help. His new book, The Whitlock Workout, is a surprisingly accessible exercise and recipe manual  – basically, you don’t need to lug a pommel horse into your living room or have an encyclopaedic knowledge of protein supplements to get involved. He’s (hopefully) heading to the Tokyo Olympics this summer so let’s look East with a healthy, protein-packed turkey teriyaki stir fry that takes just minutes to whizz up (if you can remember to marinate the meat the night before, that is).

Right, over to you, Max. Just pop your apron on over that leotard, please.

Turkey teriyaki stir-fry (serves 4)

I don’t want to count my chickens, but hopefully in 2021 I’ll be at my third Olympics and will get the chance to sample Japanese culture and food in Tokyo. Until then, I’ll make do with my teriyaki-style stir-fry. It’s really simple to make and, as long as you’re organised enough to marinate the turkey the night before, it’s probably one of the quickest meals you can cook.


500g turkey breast, cut into strips

1 tbsp peanut oil

1 red onion, chopped

1 green pepper, finely sliced

½ red chilli, deseeded and finely sliced

rice or noodles, to serve

For the marinade/sauce:

60ml dark soy sauce

1 tbsp runny honey

1 tbsp white wine vinegar

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tbsp dark brown sugar

1 tbsp sesame seeds

1 garlic clove, crushed

1 tsp finely chopped fresh ginger

2 tbsp water


Put all of the marinade ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together really well.

Add the turkey breast strips to the marinade, cover, place in the fridge and marinate for at  least an hour but ideally overnight.

Heat the oil in a non-stick wok over a high heat. Using a slotted spoon, remove the turkey from the marinade and stir-fry for 3 minutes.

Add the onions, pepper and chilli and stir-fry for another 3 minutes, then pour the marinade into the wok and stir-fry for a final 1–2 minutes.

Serve with rice or noodles.

Photos: Dan Jones

The Whitlock Workout by Max Whitlock (Headline Home, £20) is out now

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