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Tarahumara-Inspired Recipes

Updated on May 28, 2018

As you may have read in my last post about the Tarahumaran natives, I was inspired after reading Born to Run to chance how I ran, and also how I ate, and I saw great results after changing both things. I could run farther without injury, and the recipes I came across helped me to feel full and fueled up longer.

A lot of these recipes were inspired by another site I found, but here are the exact recipes I will be using on my running days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), which mainly consist of ingredients that the Tarahumara people would be able to get their hands on. This first recipe is something I used to eat for breakfast.

Watch me make the first recipe...

Pinole Oatmeal Recipe

  1. Toast 1 cup of cornmeal on medium heat in a lightly-oiled frying pan for about 8 minutes, until it's light brown, while stirring often.
  2. In a bowl, mix toasted cornmeal with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, 2 tablespoons of honey and 1.25 cups of hot water.
  3. Spoon-feed yourself!

The next recipe is something I used to drink before my runs, and then I eventually started having it with my lunch as well.

Watch me make the second recipe...

Iskiate Recipe

  1. Stir 1 tablespoon of chia seeds into 10 ounces of warm water.
  2. Let stand for 5 minutes.
  3. Stir 3 tablespoons of lime juice and 1 tablespoon of honey into water mixture, until honey has dissolved.
  4. Chug it!

Next up is another version of pinole, which I ate during my runs at first, and honestly this helped me run so make farther, but then I started eating it for lunch as well.

Pinole Brownie Recipe

  1. Toast 1/2 cup of cornmeal on medium heat in a lightly-oiled frying pan for about 7 minutes, until it's light brown, while stirring often.
  2. In a bowl, mix toasted cornmeal with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, 1 tablespoon of honey and 5/8 cup of water. Spoon onto a lightly oiled baking sheet, flatten it out some andthen bake at 350 degrees for 21 minutes.
  3. Let cool for 10 minutes and chomp!

Then there is a recipe I came up with, based off of ingredients the Tarahumaran natives might have had available. Not inspired by the book, but tasty none the less.

Spicy Tarahumaran Burritos Recipe

  1. Sauté 1/2 a sliced chili pepper on med. heat in a lightly-oiled frying pan for 3 minutes. (Stir occasionally)
  2. Add a little more oil and 1/6 a sliced head of cabbage, and sauté for 7 more minute. (Stir often)
  3. Add 1/2 a can of pinto beans and cook for 3 more minutes. (Stir occasionally) Roll what you can into 2 tortillas and plop the rest on the side, son!

And lastly we have a soup, of my own creation, that served as my dinner for quite a while.

Spicy Tarahumaran Soup Recipe

  1. Put 1/6 a chopped head of cabbage,1/2 of a chopped chili pepper, 1/2 a can of pinto beans, 1/2 of a cubed yam, 1 tablespoon of minced garlic, and 2.5 cups of water into a pot and bring it to a boil.
  2. Turn it down to medium heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes, while stirring occasionally.
  3. Stir in 3/4 teaspoon of salt.
  4. Slurp it!

All of these dietary changes, coupled with my running changes, helped me to attain the results below.

My progress...

If you tried any of these recipes, what did you think?

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    • J.S.Matthew profile image

      JS Matthew 

      20 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Wow! Great stuff here! I definitely want to try a couple of these recipes, Thank you. It's good to see that you're still around. There's not a lot of us left anymore...


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      Mary Norton 

      20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is interesting as I have never known of these recipes before. They are not familiar to me so I learned something new.


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