We're teaming up with athletes' parents to share the meals that made them

September 6, 2021

We’ve teamed up with the parents of some of the athletes who’ve shone during this great summer of sport to share the recipes of the ‘Meals that Made Them’ – their favourite dishes that fuelled their children as budding sport stars.

Parents seeking inspiration for tasty and nutritious family meal ideas that might inspire the next generation can now get exclusive recipes on the Asda groceries website to help inspire children to try new things and eat like their favourite sports’ stars.

The recipes include Mexican lasagne and brown stew chicken from the mums and dads of gold medal winning diver Matty Lee, multiple gold medal and record breaker para-sprinter and para-cyclist Kadeena Cox, and emerging British tennis star Jodie Burrage. Take a look here.

Parents of famous athletes share the ‘Meals that Made Them’

Matty Lee won gold with diving partner Tom Daley in Japan, a journey that started with hours of intensive training in the pool when he was a young schoolboy. His parents Tim and Helen Lee reveal the ‘meals that made’ him – and they’re simpler than you might think. Matty’s favourites growing up were tuna pasta with a crispy cheese topping; carrot, sausage and coriander pasta soup and moussaka (pictured below).

Helen said: "Like most kids, Matty could be a fussy eater and it was a challenge to get him to eat meals that would keep his energy levels up. However, we struck gold with these recipes which were favourites around the family dinner table. In fact, he still eats them to this day, the only difference being he prepares them for himself now and is probably an even better cook than I am. We’re proud to be part of the Meals that Made Them campaign to help inspire parents just like us in the kitchen cook exciting and nutritional meals for their children!"

Jasmin Cox-Williams is the proud mum of multiple gold winning British para-sprinter, para-cyclist, and Celebrity MasterChef contestant Kadeena Cox. She has shared her three comfort food classics from her childhood that she still cooks today when Kadeena comes home: rice and peas, lamb curry and brown stew chicken.

Jasmin said: "These are simple recipes with my own added twist that Kadeena has loved since she was little, and she still cooks them today for her own friends. Kadeena has to follow a very strict diet with her training regime, but when she comes home from Tokyo, we will definitely celebrate with her favourite childhood dishes."

Yvonne Burrage, mum of Jodie, who is one of the top ten tennis players in the UK, has served up her own take on cottage pie, hunter’s chicken and Mexican lasagne – a spicy twist on the Italian classic which replaces pasta sheets with soft flour tortillas.

Yvonne said: "Trying to juggle school, training and making mealtimes special can be challenging as any parents know. I’m delighted to partner with Asda and share the recipes that I made Jodie as a child and still enjoy with her today and hope that others can enjoy them too."

Jo Warner, Senior Director of Community at Asda, said: "With children heading back to school and everyday life picking up pace once again, finding the inspiration to cook nutritious meals every night can be a challenge. To lend a hand, we’re excited to share our selection of medal worthy recipes that some of the world’s best athletes grew up eating, and still cook and eat to this day. If these dishes are good enough for some of Britain’s brightest role models, they’re certainly good enough for our dinner table!"

To recreate these dishes at home and shop the ingredients, please visit https://groceries.asda.com/recipes/collections/curated/meals-that-made-them-recipes for the full recipes and to find out more about the Meals That Made Them campaign.

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