Spinach and Red Bean Puttanesca


In order to be Irraplaceable, one must always be different”Coco Chanel

This is an ideal dish for recovery the day after a race or workout but also especially if you are backing up and doing another race or workout within a few days.

Spinach is an absolute powerhouse for athletes and such a hugely valuable source of nutrition. It contains more iron than some meats per calorie and is also high in Vitamin A, minerals and fibre.

It is also an inflammation fighter which is great news for us athletes especially as it means it will help us recover stronger and be able to back up performances at a higher intensity.

Combined here with the tons of obvious proteins in the Red Kidney Beans and also the Wholewheat Penne. Wholewheat Pasta is high in protein but low in sugar content, which is also vital for quicker recovery and higher intensity of performance.

This low sugar, high carb dish is perfect for next day recovery.


195g Wholeweat Penne Pasta ( 638 Calories, 4g Fat, 120g Carbs, 20g Protein)

1 Tomato ( 16 Calories, 0g Fat, 1g Carbs, 1g Protein)

2 Cupfulls of Spinach ( 14 Calories, 0g Fat, 2g Carbs, 2g Protein)

1 tin Chopped Tomatoes ( 23 Calories, 0g Fat, 4g Carbs, 1g Protein)

200g Red Kidney Beans ( 240 Calories, 1g Fat, 36g Carbs, 14g Protein)

1 Cup Parmesan Cheese ( 90 Calories, 6g Fat, 1g Carbs, 9g Protein)

1 tbsp Olive Oil ( 120 Calories, 14g Fat, 0g Carbs, 0g Protein)

2 Eggs ( 128 Calories, 8g Fat, 0g Carbs, 12g Protein)


1) Cook the Penne according to the packet instructions

2) Meanwhile, in a little oil in a saucepan, quickly fry the chopped tomato and spinach until the Spinach has wilted.

3) Add the tin of Tomatoes and simmer on a low heat.

4) When the Penne is cooked, drain and add to the saucepan or wok with the rest of the sauce.

5) In boiling water, poach 2 eggs until done but yolk still lovely and runny.

6) Spoon the Pasta no to pasta bowl and top with the 2 poached eggs.

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