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Running On Food: Pizza Pasta

This article is part of a new series on Nutrition for Runners.   Heather from the blog, Trials of Training, has offered her expertise in Nutrition to runners in the Lounge to pass along information on recipes, nutrition, and running/food related questions.  She has her BS in Nutrition from Penn State, she is currently working to be a Registered Dietician, and is a loves to help runners with their questions.

Past articles can be found in the Nutrition and Hydration section and Recipe section in the Lounge.

by Heather

Running on food

While searching for some new recipes, I unexpectedly found something that could be Great pre-run/race fuel. This dish combines two “carb-load” favorites; pizza and pasta! I’ve been known to have both on my plate on race-eve…..but doing it this way is a little more creative.

 

The original recipe is courtesy of KraftFoods.com, the Perfect Pasta Pizza.

 

With this combination you’re getting a meal full of carbohydrates and protein, and low in fat. It’s also a good source of Iron and Calcium! I’m tweaking this a little bit to include the toppings that I prefer. Feel free to do the same! Pasta and pizza are great dishes because the more creative you are, the better it tastes. 

 

Pasta Pizza Recipe

1/2 lb. spaghetti, uncooked

1/2 lb. extra-lean ground beef (could also use bone-less, skin-less chicken breast)

1 egg, beaten

1/4 cup fat-free milk

1 can (14 oz.) no-salt-added tomato sauce

1 pkg  (0.8 oz.) Garlic & Herb Dressing Mix

1 cup 2% Milk Shredded Mozzarella Cheese

* ½ c purple onion, sliced
* ½ c green pepper, sliced
* ½ c mushrooms, sliced

 

*add whatever veggies you like!

 

Heat oven to 350°F. Cook spaghetti in large saucepan as directed on package, while browning meat in a skillet. Drain spaghetti; return to pan. Add egg and milk; toss to coat. Spread onto bottom of 12-inch pizza pan sprayed with cooking spray. Stir tomato sauce and dressing mix into meat; spread over spaghetti. Top with cheese. Add additional toppings as desired.  Bake 20 to 25 min. or until crust is set and cheese is melted.

Nutrition Info (using original recipe):

Calories: 430
Carbohydrate: 54g
Protein: 30 g
Fat
: 9g (Saturated Fat: 4.5 g)
Caclium: 45% Daily value
Iron: 25% Daily Value

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