5 Pre-Race Meatless Pasta Recipes


Happy Meatless Monday! Hope everyone had a fabulous weekend and Easter if you celebrated.  I ended up hosting at the last minute which turned out perfectly all except for the fact that the grocery stores ran fresh out of supplies.  

You would think that the day before Easter Sunday the store would be freshly stocked but no…not where I live at least.  The place was picked clean.  Thankfully, we had gotten most of what we needed before hand though I wasn’t able to get the ingredients I needed for the recipe I was planning today. 

Since it’s officially race week for me (I have a half marathon on Sunday), I wanted to share a brand spankin’ new pasta recipe for today but the grocery store was literally out of everything that I needed….no asparagus, no green beans, no basil….nothing.  So I decided to skip to Plan B which is a quick roundup of five of my favorite pasta recipes to carbo-load with pre-race! 

Carboload before your next race with these gluten free and vegan pre-race pasta recipes! #MeatlessMonday

Before I get into these recipes, I should say that it’s common pre-race advice not to eat anything you wouldn’t normally eat the night before a race.  So if pizza seems to do the trick for you then most definitely stick to it.  

That being said, it is also common advice to avoid dairy foods in the days leading up to the race especially if you have a sensitive stomach so I’ve compiled five of my most favorite dairy and gluten free pasta recipes for those of you looking for some carbolicious noodle inspiration! 

Creamy Sweet Potato Pasta

Sweet Potato Pasta {gluten free, vegan}

Looking for the ultimate carboload? Look no further than this creamy sweet potato pasta.  Made with gluten free elbow macaroni and covered in a sauce made out of sweet potatoes without all the dairy, it is the perfect way to store all the carbs so you can run like a champ on race day. 

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Spinach & Artichoke Pasta

Dairy Free Spinach and Artichoke Pasta {Gluten Free}

If you’re craving something more comfort food-like but you don’t want to wreck your stomach or break the calorie bank then this Spinach & Artichoke Pasta will hit the spot.  Made with dairy free cream cheese and a splash of wine, it tastes naughty but it’s not! Keeps your waistline and your tummy happy AKA win-win! :)

Dairy Free Fettuccine Alfredo

Dairy free alfredo pasta

Think you need dairy to make Alfredo sauce? Think again.  Since pasta dish is made with coconut milk instead of cows milk, it’s free of dairy and other common tummy trouble causing ingredients meaning that you can “indulge” without paying the price or sacrificing taste! I would recommend swapping out the broccoli for some fresh peas if you’re going to enjoy this the night before a race just to ensure no bloating or stomach discomfort.  

Easy Vodka Alfredo Mushroom Penne

Easy Vodka Alfredo Pasta {gluten free, dairy free}

This is another Alfredo recipe but with a bit of a twist.  To give the dish some extra flavor, a splash of vodka is used.  Don’t worry, the alcohol burns off but it does leave behind some serious deliciousness that really takes the Alfredo flavor profile to a whole new level. 

Hot Caponata over Spaghetti 

Hot Caponata over Spaghetti {gluten free, dairy free}

If you prefer your pasta with a bit of a kick and know that your stomach can handle a little spice then this Hot Caponata dish is for you! A mix of diced eggplant and olives mixed in with a zesty tomato sauce served over a bowl of gluten free spaghetti- it’s the perfect way to carbo-load if you’re taste buds like a bit of sass! 

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Again, golden rule is nothing drastically new before and on race day but if you are looking for a creative way to enjoy your favorite ingredients then definitely give one of these meatless pasta dishes a try! 

Don’t forget to linkup with myself and Running on Happy if you have a meatless recipe to share! 

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This post is also linked up with Confessions of a Mother Runner and A Whisk and Two Wands for Meatless Monday and Running in a Skirt for Best of Blogs. 


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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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47 Comments

Carla
Reply March 28, 2016

(((whispers))) the nonrunning husband would LOVE LOVE LOVE all of these too :-)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    YAYAYAY!

Debbie Rodrigues
Reply March 28, 2016

I never thought about Alfredo without diary. I'm surely pinning it for later.
The countdown to refurbishing my intake is on and I wanted to be prepared when it's time.
Great ideas, Annmarie! Thanks tons.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Thank you! Yes, alfredo without dairy is possible and delicious! :)

Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply March 28, 2016

Annies white cheddar macaroni used to be my night before dinner of choice. Microwaveable, to wit.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    NICE! :)

Julie @ Running in a Skirt
Reply March 28, 2016

Oh no! An empty grocery store with stuff to cook stinks! Great roundup though. Good luck with your preps for the race today.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Thank you! :)

Christina
Reply March 28, 2016

Yesssss this is awesome. I am a HUGE pasta fan, so this is right down my alley. I love eating a big bowl of spaghetti and fueling my run!
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Kaila @ Healthy Helper
Reply March 28, 2016

I have a half mary in May! I will be saving this post to refer back to for my pre-race dinner! :)

Pragati // Simple Medicine
Reply March 28, 2016

When I first started running I thought I had to eat a certain way before a race and it made for the worst experience! I realized my body does much better with a light meal the night before a big run.
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Deborah @ Confessions of a mother runner
Reply March 28, 2016

Creamy sweet potato looks great! I can never get enough pasta. Thanks for linking up!
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Ilka
Reply March 28, 2016

I could so go for the spinach artichoke pasta for lunch today! Yum!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    It really is so yummy! I want to make it again but since I know I can't have spinach now I am going to make it with kale :)

Mary Long
Reply March 28, 2016

These dairy free alfredo recipes make my heart sing. The vodka sauce recipe sounds interesting! I never thought to cook with vodka either. It all looks delicious!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    I hadn't either until my husband suggested it- so yummy!!!

Ivanna
Reply March 28, 2016

These all sound delicious. I love that they are dairy free because I try to avoid it as much as possible with my lactose intolerance especially when cooked it seems to effect me worse :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Oh really? Yikes! Best to stick to DF then for sure!

Sarah
Reply March 28, 2016

I'll sign up for a race for pasta!
I don't have pasta often anymore but had it a couple times over the past two weeks when we were traveling and I remember how much I love it but how my tummy isn't the biggest fan. Even with gluten free I find I feel heavy (but luckily not bloated but I did have some with gluten and that was not fun especially after pizza the day before, why do I do that?!?). I came home and made pasta this weekend for the girls as I was craving asparagus and pasta! Might have to add it in more often for dinner... especially since I'm running with the hubby more and we will (well I will) have some bigger races this year.
Cheers! Happy Meatless Monday!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Oh man, that is unfortunate that even GF pasta leaves you feeling a little yucky! I honestly don't eat pasta a ton but do love it when I am trying to build my glycogen stores! Thanks for linking up with us :)

Crystal Renaud
Reply March 28, 2016

I need to try the sweet potato recipe! That one sounds so good! Happy Carb loading!!!! xo
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Thanks friend! :)

Lauren
Reply March 28, 2016

Oh no! That stinks the day before Easter too! good good on your half! I made your dairy free alfredo a few weeks back and it was fab!
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Really? YAY! So glad you enjoyed :)

Hollie
Reply March 28, 2016

Carb loading is important for any runner or athlete but and these are all awesome and helpful. I think many athletes worry about reducing their meat intake before a big race. I'm definitely going to try making a few of these in the future.
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    I am not so much concerned about meat as I am getting enough carbs. I can definitely feel the difference when I don't carb load the night or few days before a race or long run!

Tiffany @ The Chi-Athlete
Reply March 28, 2016

Oh my Lord. If our traditional carb-loading wasn't pizza, I'd wreck any of these.<3

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    SO wish I could have pizza!!!

Mary beth Jackson
Reply March 28, 2016

WOW! that is a nice line up! I love pasta before the big run! I am eyeballing that spinach and artichoke dish :) pinned!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    It is REALLY GOOD! I hope you get to give it a try! :)

Diana
Reply March 28, 2016

That sweet potato pasta looks incredible! Actually all of these look amazing for carb loading or just because.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Thank you! They are all really yummy and there is nothing wrong with pasta just because ;)

Rachel
Reply March 28, 2016

Love this roundup! Sweet potato pasta looks awesome. (And all the others, of course.) :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    The sweet potato pasta is legit! ;)

Kristy @ Southern In Law
Reply March 28, 2016

I loveeeee pasta and all of these recipes look SO good! xo
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    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Thanks friend! xoxo

Nicole @ Fitful Focus
Reply March 28, 2016

I need that sweet potato pasta in my life!

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Yes you do! ;)

dixya @food, pleasure, and health
Reply March 28, 2016

best of luck on your run!!! and when it comes to carb loading before the race, i always regular food (rice, curry, roasted veggies), and some beer the night before :) for some reason, i always end up going out for a dinner or something..and in the morning, its obj and coffee for me :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    I would totally carb load with beer if I could! I am also all about the coffee pre-race too :)

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply March 29, 2016

That creamy sweet potato pasta sounds amazing. I think that would give me plenty of fuel for a race. Or to just have a nap after haha.

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    HAHA yes!!! Napping sounds more fun! :P

Jessie R Gipe
Reply March 29, 2016

Looks like I have our next 5 Meatless Mondays taken care of! Thanks for sharing! :)

    aelicatese
    Reply March 29, 2016

    Woohooo! Thanks for stopping by! :)

vicki
Reply April 1, 2016

I love pasta... I have got to try all of these! Not at the same time of course :-)

Jess @hellotofit
Reply April 1, 2016

Girl, you have me craving pasta, now! I haven't had lunch yet...hehehe.

Andrea on Vacation
Reply April 4, 2016

I love meatless pasta recipes. My turn to cook is on Mondays (we eat out a lot!) and I try for meatless Mondays usually. Thanks for linking up to #bestofblogs. I think the spinach and artichoke one is going on my Monday dinner list.
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