Pesto Veggie Pizza


Homemade pizza dough, pesto sauce, veggies and non-dairy cheese!

This pizza is vegan, except for the honey used in the pizza dough recipe.

I’ve always liked making my own pizza dough recipe and use Ina from the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe.  If you are trying this dough recipe here are a few tips that have worked for me…

  • Use a thermometer to make sure the water is just over 100 degrees and then add yeast, honey and olive oil.  Set the timer for 15 minutes and let it get foamy! 
  • Add 3 cups flour and set kitchenaid to #2 for 10 minutes.  Add a little flour to keep it from sticking and getting too crazy.

Colby and I always split the dough into two parts (his part is always much bigger than mine) so we can make separate pizzas.  The last few times I’ve had cheese on my pizza, I’ve felt really sick so I decided to make this one dairy free!


 For the pesto… buy the new “More Peas, Thank You” book.  There are some really good recipes I’m looking forward to making this week.  I’ve already made a few and they are easy and delicious!

The pesto includes: chickpeas, basil, walnuts and nutritional yeast and I made it in my vitamix.  Fast and easy clean up!

For my toppings: mushrooms, onions and red peppers (sauteed first), toasted pine nuts and a little Daiya “cheddar cheese”.  I’ve tried the Daiya “mozzarella” many times and I hate it.  I LOVE their cheddar melted!


Getting ready to run my last long run for my Nike Women’s Half training! 12 miles :)



Vega Nutritional Shake

Friday: 3.5 miles (ran 3 in 28:30, walk .5)

No school today because of a little three-day weekend and I was sooooo happy to sleep in and run with Amy around 10:00.  I had school activities Wednesday and Thursday night, and was completely unable to run in the afternoon.  I am not an early morning runner (couldn’t even imagine getting up at 5 am!), so I decided to skip a 3 mile run and do the other today.  Tomorrow is 13.1 for our long run and I’m sure we will make sure we hit that .1 !  Amy and I tend to get a bit obsessive over miles and times…

I am in search of a dress for next weekend. Colby and I are getting our engagement photos taken, and I really want to find a PINK dress! (I want like Barbie pink)

I ordered this one from Banana Republic this past week, but it just isn’t right.  The ribbon around the upper waist is very snug and I don’t think I would be comfortable. I also think I want to find some sort of wrap dress with a 3/4 or long sleeve.  I am going out today to find something! I’ve been looking online on Black House White Market, Banana Republic, Gap, H & M and found a few ideas, but nothing pink enough…

I’ll let you know what I find!
Vega was kind enough to send me a few packets of their “all-in-one nutritional shake” in a few flavors.  I gave Amy the chocolate flavor and I tried Berry in my protein shaker.  Maybe because this dairy, gluten and soy free shake mix is made with pea protein (along with a bunch of other good vegan ingredients) … it just didn’t blend well.  Amy said the flavor was good, but she couldn’t get it smooth with water and milk.  I tried the berry with just water and couldn’t shake out all the clumps.  But… today I tried something different.
I tried the vanilla chai with almond milk and frozen bananas in an actual blender. (frozen banana slices in the zip lock bag above)
My favorite almond milk… Colby and I go through at least a half gallon a week.
After I used the vanilla chai shake mix, 1 cup almond milk and about 1 and a 1/2 frozen banana slices, the drink was smooth, just thick enough and delicious.  It was nice and refreshing and definitely held me over to lunch!
Have a good weekend!!

Dinner Plans

Monday: off

Tuesday: 2 miles on TM, BodyPump


Since I have my own kitchen now in our new house, I have been trying to plan healthy dinners for each night.  After going to the grocery store a few times without thinking ahead, I end up going an extra time during the week to pick up extra food.  I would love to be super organized and plan out all dinners on a spreadsheet to make sure I only buy what food we need and I don’t waste anything. I know this might not always be the case because I start both my final grad class and marathon training plan next week.  This will be a busy spring semester!

Tonight, I made Mama Pea’s “Mmmm Sauce” for the first time.  I know I write about her recipes all the time, but they always turn out good!  The Mmmm sauce was a success (mix of chickpeas, almonds, nutritional yeast, lemon juice and more) and I put it on some gnocchi tonight.  I added in Morning Star’s veggie sausage for extra protein and Colby liked the vegan meal.

Looks like a mess in the pan but it was good and very filling.

I’m planning a crockpot recipe for Wednesday and Thursday night.  Colby and I made chicken meatballs tonight to keep in the fridge and put in the slow cooker in the morning with tomato sauce, onions and peppers for sandwiches.  I always use Barefoot Contessa’s wedding soup recipe for meatballs. I never measure anything and only use 1 lb of either ground turkey or chicken and they always turn out great.

I have been cooking a bit more lately and have a giveaway planned for this week! I will post all about it tomorrow and you will be able to enter until Friday.   :)


Sweaty Week

Wednesday Workout: this morning-3 mile run on the treadmill (28:58 with 1 min. walking)  – making up “Tuesday’s run” and 2 faster miles tonight for my “Weds. run” outside



As you can see, I skipped my Tuesday run (3 miles) after BodyPump last night and did it this morning! My chest is so sore from BodyPump because I tried to go higher on the weights and had to take some off half way through the track. I thought I could handle it, but I guess not!! I DID go up to the BIG weights for squats!! I was so excited to get the big 5 kg weights for that track!

If you are new to my blog, I am a music teacher and this week I help teach the high school’s marching band.  We have two full weeks of camp: this week is 9:00-4:00 and next week is 8:00-6:00. I spend almost all day outside teaching the kids how to march with my friend Kim.  We have been good about sunscreen, but it is impossible not to finish the day as a sweaty mess.  We have been breaking the kids up into groups and working with different sections during the day.  We have the kids always start with stretches and exercises (calf raises, jumping jacks, push ups, **planks!!** – new this year!)  and Kim and I make sure to do them too! After doing these exercises four different times and spending the rest of the day outside, I was gross.

After camp yesterday, I rushed to my gym to make a 4:30 BodyPump class.  It was strangely uncrowded, but I enjoyed the extra room.  I’m really enjoying the new Pump release and almost have all the moves memorized :) When I left the room and headed towards the treadmills, I saw that they were super crowded. I was exhausted and starving and decided to go home.  I thought there might be a chance that I would run on the treadmill at home, but knew it probably wasn’t going to happen. So I decided to double up and do both training runs today!

Last night I was in a cooking mood because I was so hungry and made the Barefoot Contessa’s Guacamole Salad that I made a few weeks ago. I’m taking it for lunch today along with lots of gum to chew after wards to get rid of the onion breath! I love the colors of this salad and think it tastes a lot like Chipotle and would be good in a burrito!

I also stopped at the grocery store after Pump because I had no food and picked up some new items to try …

The cream cheese is in a lot of dessert recipes… I am scared of making my own tofu and tempeh.  I see tempeh on a bunch of blogs, so it must be pretty good, right? It has a crazy amount of protein and fiber!

These items are so I can try out my new cookbook

I did try to make her chocolate chip cookies with sea salt tonight…

Along with my favorite chocolate coconut milk dairy free “ice cream” by So Delicious that doesn’t hurt my stomach :)  The cookies were good but I only had whole wheat flour so I think they would have been better with some regular flour and more sea salt on the top! The salt tasted so good on them!

**Thank you** for all the nice comments on my “flirting with veganism” post yesterday! I was kinda worried about writing it because I didn’t want to get unfriendly feedback… but of course bloggers are amazing and I loved hearing what you guys do and do not eat!

Something I was thinking about today, do you have any foods that you will not eat because you think they are so unhealthy they just aren’t worth it? Mine would have to be DONUTS! I have this thing against donuts and in my mind I think they are like the worst thing you can eat. Are they really that different than a piece or two of cake? Probably not, but I won’t eat them! I’d rather eat brownies :)   (my favoriteeeee)

Watch out for my first giveaway this Friday!!!!! :) It’s a good one!