Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks – Cookbook Review

New Year means most of us have over indulged and it is time to get back on it. It is also time for a new start and I find this helps (a little) with the motivation needed when trying to get fitter, healthier and/or slimmer. One of my favourite healthy cookbooks is Joe Wicks Lean in 15.

Book Details

  • Title: Lean in 15
  • Tagline: 15 Minute Meals and Workouts to keep you Lean and Healthy
  • Author: Joe Wicks, The Body Coach
  • Publisher: Bluebird an imprint of Pan Macmillan
  • ISBN: 978-1-5098-0066-7
  • Edition: published: 2015


Lean in 15 is not just a cookbook it is also a healthy eating plan combining good food with quick exercises. The book explains the Lean in 15 plan and looks at how to ditch low fat diets and fuel your body with the right food at the right time. The recipes are split into three sections:

  • Reduced-carbohydrate recipes
  • Post-workout carbohydrate-refuel recipes
  • Snacks and treats

The book also contains high intensity interval training (HIT) information and workouts. Most of you have probably tried a Joe Wicks workout by now thanks to his lockdown PE with Joe. If not you can check out The Body Coach on YouTube.

Lean in 15 Breakfasts

There are some great breakfast recipes in Lean in 15. I am a big fan of the smoothies particularly the Nut and Mango Smoothie. I really like using nut butter in a breakfast smoothie, it gives a great nutty taste to the drink especially when combined with the almond milk.

Joe’s Granola

Joe’s Granola is an ideal make ahead breakfast. Whilst there are some similarities to my usual granola Joe uses grated apple in the mix prior to baking which I thought was really interesting. It worked really well and combined with the honey and cinnamon creates a delicious breakfast that I will definitely make again.

Joe’s Granola

Classic Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs

I love the combination of scrambled eggs and salmon its a regular weekend breakfast for me. The Lean in 15 recipe uses a different method for the eggs cooking them over a pan of boiling water with butter. This did take a little longer than cooking eggs directly in the pan but the end result was creamy delicate eggs.

Scrambled Eggs with Salmon and spinach
Classic Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Eggs

Tomatoes, Eggs and Chorizo

This is potentially my favourite dish from the book and an ideal brunch on a winter day. I am a big chorizo fan and it goes so perfectly with the eggs, tomato and parsley with the added heat from some dried chilli flakes.

Tomatoes, Eggs and Chorizo
Tomatoes, Eggs and Chorizo

There is a good selection of breakfast recipes in the book including the Big McLean Muffin, Overnight Oats and Eggs Baked in Avocado.

Other healthy recipes

There are 100 recipes in the book so plenty to choose from. I have enjoyed many of the meals from Lean in 15 over the past couple of years and my favourites include:

  • Cheesy Chorizo Chicken and Spinach
  • Quick Poached Salmon with Speedy Rat-A-Tat-A-Touille
  • Turkey Mince Lettuce Boats
  • Steak with Spicy Chorizo, Tomatoes and Kale
  • Sweet Potato with Chilli
  • Turkey and Chickpea Pittas
  • Spiced Tortilla Chips

The Verdict

Lean in 15 is a book I highly recommend. What is not to like- quick easy tasty recipes that are healthy. I have to say Joe is far better that Jamie when it comes to timing and I would say the majority of the meals can be done in 15 / 20 minutes and any that take longer do say so.

Joe Wicks LEAN IN 15
Lean in 15 by Joe Wicks

At first I felt a bit naughty with some of the recipes as I was so used to doing low fat meals. I do think you eat less when a meal is tasty and satisfying plus the fats used in the recipes are all healthy fat / oils providing the energy we need. I really like this cookbook as it is full of meals that suit my personal tastes and I can have tasty food even when I am busy with limited time.

Joe Wicks has a few books out now amazon links below, I will have to add one of his new books to my birthday list!

Have you tried any Joe Wicks recipes or workouts? What do you think ? Let me know in the comments.

Looking for more cookbook inspiration then see my cookbook reviews.

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  1. January 10, 2021 / 6:39 pm

    I think I would try the granola I am a vegetarian. Looks good though. Thank you for sharing.

    • Jade
      January 10, 2021 / 8:15 pm

      It is definitely worth trying x

  2. January 10, 2021 / 11:48 pm

    Those eggs look fantastic! #kcacols

    • Jade
      January 10, 2021 / 11:57 pm

      Thanks Ann, they are really tasty

  3. January 14, 2021 / 7:37 pm

    Those scrambled eggs loo divine! I love cookbooks that provide quick and easy recipes #KCACOLS

    • Jade
      January 14, 2021 / 8:08 pm

      Thank you, they were delicious. I am a big fan of quick and easy especially in the week.

  4. January 21, 2021 / 1:57 am

    Ooh I love scrambled eggs with smoked salmon, those flavours are so good together. Great also to combine exercise activities & healthy eating in one book. Thank you for linking up with #KCACOLS, I hope you come back again next time! x

  5. January 23, 2021 / 12:33 am

    Oh this sounds good – and i love cookbooks that are easy to follow with good images. we’ve been vegan for a year now so ive had a lot of practice cooking! #KCACOLS

  6. January 23, 2021 / 11:19 am

    We have this book – my favourite recipe is the sea bass with spinach & halloumi – delicious! #KCACOLS

    • Jade
      January 23, 2021 / 11:26 am

      Thanks, I haven’t tried that one as I’m not one for sea bass, but will give it a go with another fish.

  7. February 5, 2021 / 4:42 pm

    Wow. Every dish looks heavenly, I’d love to try this!

    • Jade
      February 5, 2021 / 5:26 pm

      It is a brilliant cookbook all the food is delicious one of my current favourites

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