This is one of my go-to speedy recipes for a healthy refueling meal after a workout. It’s so simple in fact, that it’s slightly embarrassing to call it a recipe, but let me bask in my (imagined) creative genius all the same.
What I like about this besides that fact that it’s so quick and easy to make is that it’s incredibly satisfying – the tahini gives the whole thing a creamy and indulgent element, while the veg adds some freshness to it. It’s more carb-based than my usual meals, as I created it for my post-workout needs. l If you want you can also reduce the amount of pasta and top up on more veg and add some beans instead.
- 100g whole wheat, spelt or brown rice pasta
- 2 tbsp tomato purée
- 1 heaped tbsp tahini
- bit of olive oil
- frozen peas
- any other fresh or leftover veg, for example zucchini or broccoli
- optional: sesame seeds (in the top picture I just used mix seeds as I’m out of sesame)
Update: add some hot, smoked paprika to take this to the next level!
Cook the pasta in salt water according to the packet instructions, adding the peas and some chopped veg (the peas only take a few minutes and if you finely dice the zucchini it’ll also cook very quickly. I tend to throw them in 3-4 minutes before the pasta is done), drain, drizzle a bit of olive oil over it before adding and stirring through the tomato purée and tahini (and seasoning with the smoked paprika). Sprinkle some sesame seeds on top (use black ones if you’ve got them – not only do they have more antioxidants but they make the dish look cooler than it probably is). Eat directly or let cool and pack into a tupperware for after the gym 😉 Enjoy!
Feel Good Fact: Tomatoes contain Lycopene, an antioxidant that can decrease the risk of certain types of cancer by protecting cells against free radical damage. It’s also known for increasing sun protecting for your skin. As Lycopene has a higher bioavailability (i.e. is better absorbed by the body) in tomato paste versus fresh tomatoes, this time-saving meal may be a great way to boost your intake of this powerful antioxidant.