what i ate wednesday #12

Three months.  That is absolutely crazy.  It is also the middle of my third week at work – well, technically it should be the end of my 3rd week since I worked over the weekend.  But I will be using my comp days for Hawaii in November so I can’t really complain!

Post-Workout Snack

I really need to integrate more weight-lifting into my workout routine so I started using the book The New Rules of Weightlifting for Women.  Today was my first workout from the book (after a 2 mile run) and I can already tell it’s going to be a great addition to my routine!  The book urged you to have a protein-powder smoothie/recovery drink after the workout so I happily obliged this morning.  I made my favorite Pineapple-Mango Smoothie with a 1/2 scoop Raw Protein Powder added in.  I’m not really a fan of the taste, but I need more protein so I’ve got to do it.

Breakfast

Overnight oats – just can’t get enough of them!  I also added 1/2 a scoop of protein powder in these and topped with a nectarine, blueberries, ground flax and sunbutter.  For some reason this did not sit with me too well…  Maybe a mixture between the protein powder and sunbutter?

Lunch

Leftovers from dinner last night.  I’m keeping Sami’s Bakery in business!  We made a pizza topped with Mama Pea’s Hummus (from her new cookbook!) and curry.  So delicious.  Last night we topped it with lettuce, but I had a side of baby carrots and a hard-boiled egg instead.  Also had another nectarine and watermelon – lovin the summer fruit!

Mid-Afternoon Snack

I brought two rice cakes with PB2+J.  I don’t care if it makes me a child, I could have peanut butter and jelly every single day.  So good.

Dinner

Grilled out tonight!  It actually felt like fall here rather than mid-August but I am definitely not complaining – fall is my favorite season!  Had sweet potato fries + garden green beans on the side.  And of course homemade pickles!  My new favorite :).  Another new favorite?  Trader Joe’s Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt and Turbinado Sugar Covered Almonds.  Oh my word.  Had a handful of those after dinner…

Happy Hump Day everyone!  I’m back to getting caught up on all the blog posts I missed this past weekend – only 4o more to go!

easy vegan pizza toppings

What’s better than an easy to throw together pizza for dinner on my first day of work?  Nothing that I can think of anyways.  I think I’ll put together a post of my favorite things at work so far tomorrow, but I want to keep tonight’s post relatively nice + simple.  And oh hey, it’s Monday so it’s time for another Meatless Monday idea!  Remember my Veggie Fried Rice or my Meatless Monday on the Grill?  Well, it’s just gotten a whole lot simpler!

Without having gluten in my diet, pizza is one thing that I have missed, especially for busy days where all I feel like is ordering up a delivery pizza.  Luckily, I found Sami’s Bakery.  Their Millet & Flax goodies are absolutely delicious and there is a store nearby that carries a lot of their products, such as bread, bagels, wraps and PIZZA CRUST!  They come frozen so I can have them on hand at any time.  Now, it’s not exactly like regular pizza crust, but it’s not extremely thin either, which I think a lot of gluten free crusts end up being.  And I am not a thin-crust kind of girl, I much prefer the hand-tossed variety.  Well, no matter what crust you end up getting you can still make a delicious vegetarian (and even vegan!) pizza on a busy meatless Monday in your home!  (Or even as a late-night pizza snack if that’s what you’re up for.)

BBQ Chick’n Pizza

1. Prepare your crust accordingly.

2. Drain the chickpeas and toss in some bbq sauce.  Also spread some extra bbq sauce on the crust itself.

3. Top the pizza with the chickpeas + bbq sauce and the rest of your toppings.  Why the random toppings on this pizza?  Well our garden is just flourishing!

4. Feel free to top with any cheese or non-dairy cheese, or even just some nutritional yeast.  I ate it as-is and it was extremely delicious!

5. Bake according to your crust directions until done (pretty exact, I know 😉 ).

Other topping options?

  • pizza sauce (Trader Joe’s)
  • peppers
  • onions
  • tomatoes
  • spinach
  • olives
  • mushrooms
  • tofu
  • tempeh
  • fried eggs (no, I am not kidding)

You can really have fun with this meal, especially if you have friends or kids around.  Just have a handful of toppings and sauces available for them to be able to choose their own combination!

No matter what topping you decide to go with, it will be delicious and such a nice option for any meatless weeknight meal!