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Shark Week 2017 TV Dinner: A Meal Inspired By Michael Phelps's Swimmer Diet

Discovery Channel's Shark Week 2017 is here, and the whole nation is tuned in to one of the most awaited TV events every year.

Sharks is one of the most intimidating and at the same time most intriguing group of species in the marine world. And since most Americans don't want to come face to face with a vicious predator, Shark Week has become the main source of our information diet about sharks.

Shark Week 2017 kicked off with a bang - a showl entitled Phelps Vs. Shark: Great Gold Vs. Great White. It was interesting to see how a world-respected swimmer with 39 world records and 23 Olympic golds could fair against "the ocean’s most efficient predator."

It's a mind-blowing challenge no one has ever attempted before and only a decorated athlete like Michael Phelps could be able to take on.

We wouldn't want to spoil you about who won in the epic battle, here's what we're offering today - recipe ideas inspired by meals eaten by Michael Phelps, a winningest swimmer great enough to compete with a shark.


Fried Egg Sandwich

When Phelps joined Beijing Olympics in 2008, he reportedly needed a 12,000-calorie daily diet (he later clarified that he only consumed about 8 to 10 thousand calories during his prime). And it all starts with an Olympian Breakfast consisting of "three fried egg sandwiches with cheese, tomatoes, fried onions and mayo," along with omelet, grits, French toast and pancakes, as previously reported by The Guardian.


Steak and Egg Sandwich Recipe (I Am A Food Blog)


  • 1 small steak of choice (I used a boneless rib-eye)
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • 1-2 large eggs
  • 1 long pretzel roll
  • dijon mustard, to taste
  • arugula, to taste
  • salt and pepper, to taste


via Steak and Egg Sandwich Recipe (I Am A Food Blog)


Grilled Chicken

When Michael Phelps competed in 2012 London Olympics, he reportedly cut back on unhealthy food and instead got some of his from nutrient and protein-dense foods such as grilled meat. In a Facebook Live session last year, Phelps talked about his favorite things to grill. "Hamburgers, hot dogs are good, but also, being able to put a steak or some chicken on there is also awesome, as well,” Phelps said, as quoted by Washington Post


Easy Grilled Chicken (Damned Delicious)


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

via Easy Grilled Chicken (Damned Delicious)


Cucumber, Tomato and Asparagus Salad

During the same Facebook Live session, Phelps also mentioned that he will be having a cucumber, tomato and asparagus salad along with the chicken that he's going to grill, as quoted by Heavy. That sounds like a light, healthy meal, but probably not one that he would eat before competing with a marine predator for Shark Week 2017. 


Greek-style Grilled Asparagus Salad with Tomatoes & Feta (Daring Gourmet)


  • 1 bunch asparagus, washed and trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes (use red and yellow for more color if you can find them), cut in half
  • ¾ cup sliced red onion
  • ½ - ¾ cup diced Feta cheese
For the Vinaigrette:
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

via Greek-style Grilled Asparagus Salad with Tomatoes & Feta (Daring Gourmet)


Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:

Though asparagus can be eaten raw, it doesn't have the best taste in the world. Before tossing this vegetable in a salad, you can slightly cook the spears by blanching, grilling or roasting.


Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.



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