10 meals to get you through gaming marathons!

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Playing online can be stressful. It’s takes a lot of energy and time. We’ve come up with 10 great meals to get you through your gaming marathons.

Cheese Burger and Fries

For the cheeseburger

  • 500g/1lb 2oz beef steak mince
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 25g/1oz beer mustard
  • 100g/3½oz mayonnaise
  • 8 gherkins.
  • 4 beef tomatoes.
  • ½ round lettuce.
  • 1 red onion.
  • 200g/7oz Monterey Jack cheese, grated or in slices
  • 4 brioche rolls

For the fries

  • 500g/1lb 2oz potatoes
  • vegetable oil, for deep-fat frying

This super high calorie meal contains over 950 calories, and that’s without any dips or drinks.

Everyone loves a good American style cheeseburger. So, why not make one for yourself to get through those gaming marathons? The recipe is relatively quick and easy to make. All you need to do is make the burgers with the steak mince, fry them and put them in the bread bun. Again, with the fries, you just need to chop the potatoes up into your preferred shape and fry them in a deep fat fryer until ready. Then, you can go enjoy your meal with your favourite game.

Lasagne

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 250g/9oz beef mince
  • 1 onion
  • 3 carrots.
  • 75g/2½oz butter
  • 75g/2½oz plain flour
  • 1 tsp English mustard
  • 750ml/1⅓ pint milk
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 2 x 400g/14oz tin tomatoes
  • 250g/9oz lasagne sheets
  • salt and pepper

A favourite of many families across different countries, the lasagne comes in at over 500 calories!

Lasagne is an old traditional Italian dish that is loved by many as a nice hearty meal. Taking around 30 minutes to an hour to prepare, it makes a good high calorie meal to keep you going. All you need to do is fry off carrots and onions and crush the garlic cloves. Then cook the mince-meat and layer it up as mince, sauce, veg and then top off with pasta sheets and continue until the pot is filled up. Once the lasagne is cooked, sit down and enjoy a good meal and beat your competitors online!

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

  • Sliced Bread
  • Peanut Butter

This simple but tasty sandwich comes in at 500 calories per sandwich.

This is probably the easiest of all the meals we chose to include in the list. Peanut butter and jelly sandwich is a classic, which is either loved or hated by many people. But, with a high calorie count, it’s a good sandwich to keep you going through those long stressful games. All you need is sliced bread, peanut butter and jelly flavour of your choice. Put it all together on the bread and there you have it  — you’ve made you own peanut butter and jelly sandwich.

Chicken Alfredo

  • 1 tbsp Flora Buttery
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 450g boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 300g broccoli florets
  • 280g mushrooms, halved
  • 100ml Elmlea Double Light
  • 1 Knorr Chicken Stock Cube
  • 300g fettuccine pasta
  • 50g Parmesan cheese, grated
  • Black pepper, sprinkle to season

The calorie count for this meal comes in at 700 calories per portion.

Just follow these quick and easy steps to make this high calorie meal for your gaming marathons. Heat the Flora Buttery, add onions, chicken strips, broccoli and mushrooms and cook gently until chicken is ready. Add the Elmlea Double Light and the Knorr Chicken Stock Cube. Turn heat to lowest possible, checking and stirring from time to time. In separate pan, cook the pasta according to instructions with a dash of olive oil. When ready, lift pasta out with tongs. Do not drain, the dripping pasta water will enhance the sauce. Retain the water. Add pasta to the chicken, turn the heat up and shake the pan over the heat until the pasta mixes with the sauce. Add the cheese, shaking the pan. If required, add a little more of the pasta water. Shake the pan again to mix the cheese through. Pour onto plates, sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley and season with black pepper if required. Serve immediately.

Pizza

For the dough

  • 400g/14oz strong white flour
  • 100g/3½oz semolina, plus extra for dusting
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 15g/½oz fresh yeast, or 1½ tsp of dry yeast
  • 275ml/9½fl oz water
  • 50ml/2fl oz olive oil, plus extra for oiling

For the topping

  • 2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • pizza toppings of your choice

We didn’t realise just how many calories were in pizza. There are 600 calories per slice!

Pizza is a fun a quick recipe to make, even though the cooking time can be a while. Making your own pizza is a lot better health-wise and you can customise whatever pizza toppings you want. You can either make the dough yourself or even buy a pee-rolled pizza base to make things quicker. Then, all you need to do is spread the sauce around the rest of the pizza and add your toppings of choice. Once cooked, you can sit down and enjoy this worldwide favourite.

Beef ribs with barbecue sauce, baked potato and chive soured cream

For poaching

  • 4 Jacob’s ladder beef ribs
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 head of garlic.
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 2 star anise
  • 4 baking potatoes
  • a little oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 200ml/7fl oz double cream
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 3 tbsp chives.

For the BBQ sauce

  • 25g/1oz butter.
  • 1 onion.
  • 1 garlic clove.
  • 2 red chillies.
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds.
  • 2 star anise
  • 150g/5½oz light muscovado sugar
  • 300g/10½oz tomato ketchup
  • 150g/5½oz chipotle chilli ketchup
  • 150ml/5fl oz dark soy sauce

This large hearty meal contains around 1,000 calories!

Around the world people cook ribs in many different ways, but we chose classic ribs with a sauce. Even though it takes a large time to cook-around two hours —  it’s definitely worth it for the taste and high calories!  All you need to do is cook and marinade the ribs to give them a succulent flavour. Also, cook the potatoes for the side. It’s quick and simple to prepare and high in calories to get you through those long gaming days.

Roast Dinner

For the Yorkshire pudding

  • 225g/8oz plain white flour
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 8 medium free-range eggs
  • 600ml/20fl oz full-fat milk
  • 50g/1¾oz beef dripping

For the cabbage

  • 75g/2½oz butter
  • 600g/1lb 5oz red cabbage leaves, finely sliced
  • 285ml/10fl oz red wine
  • 50g/1¾oz dark soft brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ tsp ground cloves
  • 5 tbsp redcurrant jelly
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar

For the beef

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 500g/1lb 2oz middle-cut aged beef fillet

For the potatoes

  • 4 large potatoes
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 300ml/10½fl oz chicken stock
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled and left whole
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 50g/1¾oz butter

For the gravy

  • 200ml/7fl oz red wine
  • 300ml/10½fl oz beef stock
  • 50g/1¾oz butter

The classic roast dinner contains around 1,200 calories, but we don’t mind —  you can’t beat a classic Sunday roast.

Everyone loves the classic roast dinner. It’s a family favourite and will keep you going through a long gaming marathon. Most people know how to prepare this dish, but in case not here is a quick overview. Place the beef joint in the oven on the required temperature. While the beef is cooking, start to boil the vegetables so they will be ready at the same time as the meat. While preparing the vegetables, you can start to make the Yorkshire puddings or just get some out of the freezer. Once you have cooked the beef, all you need to do is slice it and serve it up.

Enchiladas

For the tomato sauce

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 200ml/7fl oz passata (or 1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano (or 1/2 tsp dried oregano)
  • ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper

For the turkey

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 red pepper, seeds and core removed, finely chopped
  • 1 courgette, chopped
  • 170g/6oz turkey mince
  • 85g/3oz cheddar, grated
  • 4 wholemeal tortillas

Enchiladas have a calorie count of around 600 per enchilada.

Here is how to prepare and make this high calorie but quick meal to keep you going. Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4. To make the sauce, heat the oil in saucepan over a medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and fry for 4-5 minutes, until softened. Add the passata, oregano and black pepper. Cover, reduce the heat and leave to simmer for ten minutes. Meanwhile for the turkey, heat the oil in a separate pan over a medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, red pepper and courgette. Fry for five minutes then add the turkey mince. Cook for around 5-7 minutes, or until the turkey mince is browned and cooked through. Add half of the cheese to the turkey mixture and continue to cook until the cheese has melted. Divide the turkey mixture between four tortillas and roll up into parcels. Place into an ovenproof dish, spoon over sauce and sprinkle with remaining cheese. Place into the preheated oven to bake for 15-20 minutes, until golden. There it is, the simple way to make a good meal to keep you going especially through the long hours of gaming.

Spaghetti Bolognese

  • 2 tbsp olive oil.
  • 400g/14oz beef mince.
  • 1 onion.
  • 2 garlic cloves.
  • 100g/3½oz carrot.
  • 2 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes.
  • 400ml/14fl oz stock (made from stock cube. Ideally beef, but any will do).
  • 400g/14oz dried spaghetti.
  • salt and pepper.

Once again another classic meal, spaghetti bolognaise contains around 993 calories.

Most of us probably know how to make this dish, its quick and easy. But, if you do not know how to make it then here is the method. Heat a large saucepan over a medium heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and once hot add the beef mince and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the mince until well browned over a medium-high. Once browned, transfer the mince to a bowl and set aside. Add another tablespoon of oil to the saucepan you browned the mince in and turn the heat to medium. Add the onions and a pinch of salt and fry gently for 5-6 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another 2 minutes. Add the grated carrot then pour the mince and any juices in the bowl back into the saucepan. Add the tomatoes to the pan and stir well to mix. Pour in the stock, bring to a simmer and then reduce the temperature to simmer gently for 45 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning as necessary. When ready to cook the spaghetti, heat a large saucepan of water and add a pinch of salt. Cook according to the packet instructions.

Once the spaghetti is cooked through, drain and add to the pan with the Bolognese sauce. Mix well and serve. This is definitely a tasty dish to keep you going.

Chicken Pasta Bake

  • butter, for greasing
  • 250g/9oz penne
  • 1 onion.
  • 3 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into thin strips roughly the size of your little finger
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 50g/1¾oz butter
  • 50g/1¾oz plain flour
  • 750ml/1 pint 6 fl oz hot milk (see tip)
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 100g/3½oz Parmesan cheese, coarsely grated
  • 2 large tomatoes, deseeded and cut into small cubes

This hearty pasta meal has around 623 calories per serving.

A pasta bake is an easy quick meal to make that is suitable for all. So, why not have a go and make it yourself? It will certainly help you get through those gaming sessions. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C Fan/Gas 7. Butter an ovenproof dish. Cook the penne with the onion in boiling, salted water according to the packet instructions. Drain, refresh in cold water and leave to drain again in the colander. Put the chicken strips in  a resealable freezer bag with the paprika and a little salt and pepper, seal the bag and shake to coat. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large frying pan and quickly fry the chicken over a high heat for about 2 minutes until golden-brown and just cooked through (you may need to do this in batches). Using a spoon, transfer the fried chicken to a plate and set aside.

To make the sauce, melt the butter in a saucepan, add the flour and whisk together to form a roux. Cook for 1 minute, then gradually add the hot milk, whisking over a high heat until the sauce is smooth and thickened, and allow to boil for 4 minutes. Stir in the mustard and half the cheese and season with salt and pepper. Add the pasta and onion to the sauce in the pan and stir together. Spoon half this mixture into the dish, arrange the chicken strips over the top and spoon the remaining pasta and sauce on top of the chicken. Scatter over the tomatoes and then top with the remaining cheese.

So there you have it, our 10 meals that will keep you going through those long gaming marathons. Which meal will you choose? There is definitely some in here that we would eat even if we were not having a gaming session. If you are in the mood for a marathon though, why not head over to lucky nugget and start playing. What do you think of these meals? Are there any you want to try? Let us know in the comments down below.