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How I Combine Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cooking Recipes with My Personal Nutrition Plan to Get Ripped

  Mar 5th, 2012

Anabolic Cookbook E-Book BannerAs someone who isn’t very versatile in the department of culinary creativity, I like to prepare a handful of meals in bulk and portion them out for easy consumption throughout the week.


Every Sunday I typically bake a large batch of skinless chicken breasts, cook up a few pounds of lean ground beef, sauté a sizeable skillet full of my favorite medley of vegetables, and maybe scramble a mixture of a couple dozen whole eggs and egg whites.


If you don’t currently spend an hour or two preparing bulk quantities of your favorite foods, it’s a habit you need to develop. It’ll save you tons of time each week, and make it much easier to stick with your muscle building and fat loss nutrition plan throughout the week, since your favorite foods will be pre-cooked and just a microwave away from your mouth.


While I’m usually content eating many of the same foods throughout the week, I admit there are times when something new and exciting is in order…


My goal is never muscle building or fat loss, but is always to achieve both of these goals simultaneously by consistently building muscle, while losing excess fat (or at least while maintaining my already lean physique).


If you’ve read my book, Ripped Out, you already know this requires a delicate balance of muscle building proteins, timing the consumption of carbohydrates, and supplying your body with its unique nutritional set-point for inducing both muscle growth and fat loss.


Because my nutrition plan is structured to be specific to my body’s unique composition, it’s a challenge to find recipes that are in alignment with my specific nutritional needs at any given time.


Why I Tried Dave’s Anabolic Cookbook and What I Found Inside

Nevertheless, several months ago I stumbled upon Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cookbook and decided to give it a try with the hopes that it would provide me with a few additional recipes for my meal plan repertoire that were both great tasting and simple to prepare. After all, Dave’s cookbook boasts over 200 recipes, so there had to be at least a handful I could make work with my dynamic nutrition plan.


Besides, it came with a 100% money back satisfaction guarantee, so I really didn’t have anything to lose anyway.


Moments after entering my payment details I downloaded the various components and started off by reading the Quick Start Guide. This guide was mostly review for me, as it explained the basic nutritional components: proteins, carbohydrates and fats.


Dave also provides an easy to understand breakdown of how the body uses these 3 basic nutrients.


The Quick Start Guide also provides a few tips to make following a structured nutrition plan more feasible and realistic (like cooking meals in bulk).


I then moved on to digging into the main cookbook, which is broken into the following sections:


• Breakfast Recipes


• Chicken and Poultry


• Red Meat and Pork


• Fish and Seafood


• Salads, Soups and Sides


• Snacks and Protein Bars


• Desserts


One thing I immediately noted is that every recipe had a significant amount of protein per serving.


This is important to me because regularly supplying the body with protein throughout the day is a requirement for optimum muscle growth and I consume protein with every meal for this very reason.


Skimming through the recipes, I quickly made note of those that looked like possible candidates to be integrated into my daily meal plan:


• Vanilla Cream Oatmeal • High Protein Chocolate Crepes • Mexican Breakfast Scramble
• Apple Cider Vinegar Chicken • London Broil Steak • Puerto Rico Roasted Pork
• Tuna Melt Patties • Walnut Crusted Salmon • Baked Oregano Salmon
• Creole Tilapia • Cajun Shrimp & Rice • Bacon Wrapped Scallops
• Baked Meatballs • Baked Buffalo Wings • Mexican Chicken
• High Protein Jell-O • Brownie in a Cup  


There were several other recipes I could have used as well, but I wanted to keep my list confined to the recipes that seemed simple enough to quickly prepare with a minimal number of ingredients.


Baked Meatballs with JalapenosAfter several months I still regularly use the baked meatballs (I add jalapenos for some kick – as you can see to the right), mexican chicken, high protein Jell-O and Brownie in a cup recipes. I also make several others on the fly whenever I’m in the mood for something new and different (including a few that aren’t listed above).


If You’re Someone That Counts Calories…

Dave’s Anabolic Cookbook comes with structured daily meal plans based on the number of calories you want to consume in a day. These are pretty handy to get you started, but only contain one full day’s worth of meals. So, you’ll still need to do a little work in terms of meal planning – unless you wanted to eat the same meals every day, of course.


The bottom line is that Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cookbook is a great resource for supplementing any nutrition plan, but shouldn’t be relied upon as an all-inclusive set of meal plans for building muscle and shedding fat. At least not without a decent amount of planning above and beyond what Dave provides.


That being said, it does provide dozens of simple and great tasting meal options that’ll compliment just about any nutrition plan. So, even though I don’t see this as a complete single resource for those looking for an out-of-the-box, turn-key diet solution, I still recommend it for anyone in need of some unique, simple and great tasting meal options to keep their nutrition plan from becoming redundant and boring.


Regardless of your nutritional requirements, you’ll find more than enough useful, simple and tasty recipes within Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cookbook to justify picking up a copy.


Trust me. You won’t regret it!



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