Thursday, 5 July 2012

How to Keep Eating Healthily with an Arthritis Flare: Spinach and Ricotta Pasta

Cooking with arthritis is difficult at the best of times and when you are flaring, it can seem impossible. There are lots of tips about how to be prepared for those days on the Handy Hints page. I always try and keep recipes simple, and no-chop if possible, but sometimes we all need something so easy you can make it in 5 mins without having to think about it. Well, here is a recipe that does just that. And, it's good for you too. Enjoy.

250g frozen spinach, thawed, or wilted fresh spinach (drain well)
250g ricotta or cottage cheese
1/2 clove garlic
2 tablespoons olive oil
Nutmeg and black pepper to taste
Pasta to serve

Serves 3-4

Combine spinach, ricotta, oil and garlic in a food processor or blender (or use a stick blender). Whizz together until combined but there is still some texture - don't be so 'blender-happy' that you end up with soup! Add nutmeg and black pepper to taste.

Serve by stirring into hot pasta. Try it topped with pine nuts and basil or top with a little cooked bacon.

Arthritis diet notes:
This sauce is jam-packed with folate,calcium, selenium and iron: four key nutrients that people with arthritis often don't get enough of (particularly those with inflammatory arthritis). One of the main reasons people with arthritis don't get enough of these nutrients is because it's hard to shop, cook and eat a healthy diet when you are in pain. Having a few easy, nutrition packed recipes like this, that take very little preparation and use ingredients that most people have to hand, can help protect you against nutritional deficiencies and keep you healthy even when your arthritis is flaring.


  1. Thank you for this recipe (and the website in general) how fantastic to have ano-chop meal! No excuse for making my husband do all the cooking anymore.

    1. I won't tell him. Or maybe he could do all the washing up instead!



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