I made this bowl for lunch today as I was pressed for time but still wanted a high quality meal. One pack of natto was in the fridge, as well as fresh seaweed, and these provided the inspiration for the final result. This natto recipe includes some of the most nutritious ingredients available, combining the vegetarian unsaturated fats and nutrients from the avocado, tomato, … [Read more...] about Natto noodles
Nico's Recipes for Athletes on the Go
These pages contain a few recipes made with simplicity and speed in mind, for athletes on the go, and to discuss fitness and nutritional ideas.
My other recipes are available at Laylita.com, where I blog about food and wine with my wife Layla. She is an amazing cook and photographer and likes to take time to take mouthwatering photos of the dishes we make.
A few years ago, before I started researching nutrition, I was chatting with my doctor about which diets are more or less healthful. She said that as far as she knew, the pescetarian diet was likely the best one to follow: avoidance of meat, a focus on plant-based foods, but without completely removing the animal proteins from the mix. These animal proteins in this case include … [Read more...] about Garbanzo beans, tuna and broccoli salad
A classic side dish from the south of France, tomates à la provençale are seared in a pan or baked in the oven and seasoned with garlic and dry or fresh herbs. There are many variations for the recipe, this method is simple, fast and tasty while preserving nutrients. Some people cook this dish in the oven and it's perhaps the most traditional way these tomatoes are … [Read more...] about Tomates à la provençale: seared tomatoes with herbs and garlic
As I think about the flavors that have influenced my thinking, many of them come from French cuisine: the flavors of olive oil, of garlic, the herbs from Provence and the south of France make one group of memories. The years I spent in mountains were filled with wild berries, fruits, flowers, honey, and of course, raw milk and fresh eggs direct from the farm, and the amazing … [Read more...] about Provence-style natto and brown rice topped with olive oil
If you cook your own meals on a frequent basis, you are perhaps like me, forgetting about the privilege and the chance to be able eat fresh. Fresh ingredients provide nutrients and a food that is alive. We know where the ingredients come from, if they are organic or not. When going to a restaurant, in most cases the menu gives no indication of the quality and freshness of the … [Read more...] about Baby kale, goat cheese and raspberry salad
This Cambodian style chicken rice sauteed with fresh ginger is a dish that my girlfriend Naomi used to make. I met Naomi in Tokyo during my year in Japan. I was in a way socialized with the company I was working for at the time, with great coworkers, and also went to study for this year abroad with a few classmates from EM LYON, who were very good friends. Still, I felt that … [Read more...] about Cambodian style chicken rice sauteed with fresh ginger
While living in Tokyo in the late 1990s I had the chance to meet many amazing people who became friends later on, and are still friends to this day. My classmate Carole, who did the "year in Japan" with me, used to live in a family for a while, and got to meet a girl our age, Motoko. Motoko eventually decided to do something similar: take the exchange program from Japan to … [Read more...] about Motoko’s spicy wasabi soy sauce
I bought a few packs natto last week and was waiting for an occasion to make use of them. Today provided an opportunity with an open lunch: Layla and Alex were out to take some new passport photos and ate on the way back at a restaurant. Marc was also out, eating with his friends. This is the Thursday of the 2018 Winter Break, so kids are off school. With everyone out, I went … [Read more...] about Natto, avocado and Brussels sprouts in spicy wasabi sauce
I needed to make the béchamel sauce for another dish on the menu this week: the croque-monsieur. Serrano ham croque-monsieur recipe This gave the opportunity to do not one recipe, but two. Many dishes use this sauce, and in general I refrain from making these because they can be time consuming. This simple and quick béchamel sauce is as fast as it is going to be while … [Read more...] about Simple and quick béchamel sauce
By the time you have made a croque-monsieur, turning it into a croque-madame is one of the simplest and fastest things you'll do. The croque-madame is the more complete version of the sandwich. It contains proteins from lots of sources: milk, cheese, ham, bread, and an egg. The croque-monsieur and croque-madame both rely on having a base béchamel sauce to coat the … [Read more...] about Serrano ham croque-madame