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Whole Wheat Mushroom Arugula Pizza with Goat Cheese and Balsamic Reduction

8 Mar


That pizza I ate last week? Here’s the recipe. I’m actually quite surprised I haven’t posted it yet because 1) I eat pizza about as often as I eat tacos and 2) this has been my favorite pizza combo for about 3 years now. Hmm. Time flies. Here it is, in all it’s simple and delicious glory:

Whole Wheat Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sugar (or honey)
  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast, water and 1 tsp sugar. Let sit for five minutes.
  2. In a large bowl combine 2 cups flour, salt and remaining sugar. Add yeast mixture and olive oil.
  3. Stir until the dough just comes together, then knead for about 5 minutes. Add remaining flour in 1 tbsp increments just until dough pulls away from sides of the bowl or is no longer sticky.
  4. Shape dough into a ball, place in a lightly greased bowl and cover with a slightly damp warm towel to rise until doubled, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  5. Punch down risen dough (stress relief!), shape into a ball and place on a lightly floured pizza stone. Roll out into a circle of desired crust thickness and let rest about 10 minutes (while you add your toppings).
  6. Preheat oven to 500 degrees F. Place pizza in oven and bake about 10-15 minutes, or until crust is golden brown and toppings are baked. Let pizza rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.


  • Couple large handfuls arugula
  • Couple handfuls mushrooms
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced in thin half-rings
  • 1 roma tomato very thinly sliced
  • 2 oz chèvre (soft goat cheese)
  • Sprinkling Romano

Balsamic Reduction:

  1. In a small saucepan, bring 1 cup balsamic vinegar to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally until vinegar is reduced by at least half.
  3. Allow to cool. Drizzle. Eat. Store any remaining reduction in the fridge in an airtight container.

Impressively pretty. Undeniably healthy. Comforting. Hearty. And even better cold (but really what pizza isn’t?)


Weekly Round-Up

8 Mar

The week was jam-packed between work, school, and soccer. I planned and shopped accordingly.


Avocado and basil are my thing right now. Possibly because I am so ready for summer already.


Sandwich bread: Mack’s Flax. Wrap: Ezekiel. Sprouted life!


Since the husband and I have gotten back into lifting pretty seriously, via Staring Strength (my bible from way-back), a lot of our snacks were ON Gild Standard Whey and water in shaker bottles, green smoothies, the occasional latte, and quick veggie-chicken mini meals (Starbucks Chicken and Greens is amazing!)

I will get into this more later: the buddy-system, healthy competition, and fitting in workouts no matter the schedule or circumstance. We had a very successful first week and are looking forward to week 2. I am documenting it all and will post everything here soon 🙂


Not pictured: pepperoni pizza. For kids. And husband. I am not opposed to a whole pizza for myself. I could eat cold pizza everyday and never tire of it. Kind of sad it’s gone, actually. We ate on the pizzas for about 2-3 days. Had turkey burgers twice, once with salad, once with tomato-basil soup, and ended the week with Philly cheese steaks and fries.

Bonus: Girl Scout cookie season!

As the mother of a young girl – who hopes to join a troop this fall – I am so totally supportive. Also because Savannah Smiles make me smile. Little bites of southern sunshine.


Hope you are all having a wonderful weekend!

Coming Soon:

  • Whole Wheat Mushroom Arugula Pizza
  • Planning, Shopping, and Prepping 
  • Starting Strength

Simple Superfood Steak Tacos & Low Cal “Broccamole”

7 Mar

I love tacos.

You already knew that, if you’re ever spent so much as 5 minutes with me or reading my blog.

So, Costco has a new thing in their obnoxiously cold produce section:  superfood salad mix. With kale, chicory, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage, and chicory. Included is a packet of poppyseed dressing, dried cranberries, and pumpkin seeds. I ignore the dressing and berries. Because I’m a snob and don’t do “kits.” There, I said it. HOWEVER, this particular blend of hearty greens makes for a fantastic (and crazy healthy) taco toppin’. And who doesn’t love roasted pumpkin seeds? Who?!

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Superfood Steak Tacos

For the tacos, I used:

  • 1 NY cut steak, seasoned liberally with garlic salt and black pepper, and grilled to med-rare. It’s local, it’s fresh, why not?
  • 2 heaping cups of aforementioned greens
  • Sprinkling of included pumpkin seeds.
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • Trader Jose’s (yeah, they went there) Truly Handmade Small Tortillas
  • Low Cal Broccamole (recipe below.)
  • Spread broccamole on a warmed tortilla, add a few strips of steak, handful of greens, tomato, and pumpkin seeds. Fold, eat. They’re healthy – you can eat more!


recipe adapted from Pinterest

  • 3 cups raw broccoli, chopped
  • 1/2 small avocado, sliced
  • 1 seeded jalepeno, chopped
  • 2 Tbs finely diced shallot
  • 1 very small garlic clove (optional)
  • Sprinkle of fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp chili powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste

Put broccoli, avocado, jalapeno, and garlic into food processor and blend until creamy smooth. Scoop into bowl and stir in shallot, cilantro, chili powder, salt and pepper. Squeeze of lime isn’t necessary, but is really, really good.

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Now go. Eat your tacos. Slather that tortilla. Dunk those (few!) corn chips. You’ve earned it. Probably.

‘Night! 🙂

Cheat Happens.

25 Feb

I know a lot of people stick to the idea of a cheat day. “You can’t undo all your hard work in just 1 day.” “It’s good for your body to be ‘confused’ sometimes.” “You’ll snap and go crazy if you don’t indulge every once in a while.” Etc, etc.


1) I personally know women who can and do undo and entire week of  progress by “indulging” in 5-8k calorie cheat days.

2) Sometimes are there treats one should avoid simply because they can’t be eaten in moderation. If you know your trigger – avoid it at all costs. Like drugs and alcohol, food addiction is real and not something to be taken lightly.

3) All to often, I see “indulge” mistaken for “binge til you want to puke.” Um, no. Just no.

Recently, the Cheat Day Movement (I totally just made that up) is slowly being redefined as a Cheat Meal.

A cheat day is fine, IF you can reasonably control yourself, but it adds up. Quick.

I try to keep even my cheats pretty clean and reasonable, but it really depends on how much I’ve been working out and what I’m craving. The old adage, “You can eat like a pig, if you work like a horse.” I’m trying to make that my Personal Training motto 😉

Here are some examples of some of my recent cheat meals. Remember a cheat meal is once a week, not once a day.



Homemade whole wheat pizza and Caesar salad is still pizza and Caesar salad.


Grilled chicken burger on whole wheat bun, fries, and ketchup.


Grilled veggie + cheese + hummus panini. Not pictured: I had a small Coke, too.


Founder’s Favorite: my favorite. Seriously, THIS kind of thing is rare.


Taco Time Light Chicken Tacos. Note: I only get the “light” version because it comes with monterey jack cheese (love!!) instead of that orange cheddar-like stuff.


Chicken Pad Thai from Lemongrass Downtown. I dream about this dish.


Papa Pete’s Pizza. The veggie is loaded and fresh, but, again, it is still pizza.


I try to pick one of the other. Booze and junk together make me quite barfy. Yes, I said “barfy.”


Mojito. If I could pick any drink to “fast” on, it’d be you ❤


Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate. I KNOW. *gasp* Don’t lecture me!


Vodka Cranberry.


Iced Caramel Macchiato. I don’t know what he got. Probably something boring.

Can you tell my “cheats” are carby? Oh man, nothing like a couple tacos or a sandwich and a handful or two of Lay’s Maui Onion Kettle chips after a long week! I usually cheat on Saturdays. Oh man, is it Saturday again yet?

How do you cheat? What are your ultimate vices?

Happy Monday!

Healthy “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” Balls

21 Feb

Feels like I’ve been gone forever. But we’ll get into all that another time. Right now, we’re talking healthy treats.

I am a woman who likes her sugar. Especially dessert. Dinner just doesn’t feel “done” without dessert. If I don’t get that little something sweet, I end up combing the kitchen, nibbling everything in sight in a desperate attempt to satisfy that craving, which NEVER works. Ugh.

I am also a woman who’s mother had a problem with “raw” cookie dough, which I believe fueled my seemingly constant need to spoon-lick and pinch-taste.

Everybody wins with this recipe. It’s healthy. It’s protein-packed and fiber rich. No raw eggs, mom, relax. And, most importantly, it’s sweet and oh-so-satisfying without any of that pesky guilt!

 Healthy “Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough” Balls

  • ½ cup old-fashioned oats
  • ½ cup oat flour (to make: put oats in food processor or vitamix, pulse 3ish times, then let run until flour-consistency)
  • ¼ cup vanilla protein powder
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbs chopped almonds
  • 2 Tbs straight-up Peanut Butter (no sugar, salt, or any other garbage that does not belong in delicious, delicious nut-butters)
  • 2 Tbs raw honey
  • About ¼ cup almond milk (pour slowly, this is just for consistency!)

Dump in a bowl or Kitchen Aid (if you’re like me and can’t be bothered to hand-mix things). Mix it all together until you’d swear it was really regular cookie dough. Ball it, chill it, eat it. Makes a lot, so you know, try to limit yourself to 1-3. Store in air-tight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.


Ah, now that’s how a meal should end!



22 Dec

Just kidding. The days of the week mean nothing to me.

Oh, Friday.

Holiday madness.

Spare time? What’s that?

Up with the sun, gotta get that workout in. Christmas parties and delicious eats and drinks everywhere! No excuses. At least not today.

3 Rounds

  • 50 jumping jacks
  • 20 jump lunges
  • 10 jump squats
  • 20 weighted squats (40lbs)
  • 100 high knees
  • 10 burpees
  • 40 mountain climbers
  • 25 push-ups
  • 60 second plank hold


Breakfast: Coffee with half & half

French toast

Mixture: 2 eggs, splash of 2% milk, dash of sugar, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

The “toast”: Dave’s Good Seed, small banana, peanut butter, chia seeds, maple syrup.

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Lunch: Huge salad (romaine, red cabbage, spinach, tomatoes, green onions, carrots, cucumbers, sunflower seeds, and mozzarella). Salt, pepper, and a splash of olive oil+red wine vinegar for dressing.

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Dinner: French Bread Pizza. To celebrate the not-end-of-the-world. Also, Friday is pizza night. Everybody knows that. And more salad, this time with avocado.

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Dessert: Again, we were celebrating. Cold Stone on a cold night. Nothin’ beats it! 😉


Mine: Founder’s Favorite (sweet cream ice cream, caramel, brownie, pecans, fudge), Mikayla: Cotton Candy ice cream (guh) AND Crunch Bar pieces. I gagged a little. Max: dark chocolate ice cream and gummi bears. That’s my boy.


Not-Quite-So-Restful “Rest Day”

20 Dec

I had a rest day planned, originally. I woke up sore and tired and cranky. Usually by the end of my warm-up I know whether or not I’m going to workout. It just wasn’t happening, so I didn’t push it. Instead, I decided to have a day of active rest (NOT lounging around like a slug kind of rest) with really good, hearty meals. Sometimes that’s all a person needs.

Breakfast: Scrambled eggs (2 whole + 1 white) with tomatoes and spinach, Dave’s Good Seed with a smear of butter, coffee.


Lunch: Panera Fuji Apple Chicken Salad with 1/3 dressing and piece of wholegrain baguette. **Note: If I could afford to eat this everyday I would. Just another thing I’m currently obsessed with….

024Lime La Croix. I was desperately craving Sprite, this took the edge off and gave me my bubble fix.


Afternoon snack: It was miserable out and I was out and I passed 3 different Starbucks on my way home and things happened. Tall nonfat caramel macchiato. Dee-lish.


Dinner: Fresh water shrimp, sauteed with garlic, a little butter, and creole seasoning. Whole grain spaghetti, baby spinach.

167Around 8pm – I felt like I needed to sweat. Threw on my sweats, laced up my shoes, and busted out a 10 Minute AMRAP (As Many Rounds As Possible).

  • 10 Santana Burpees
  • 10 3-pulse squat tuck jumps
  • 30 crab toe touches
  • 20 lowjacks

Cooled down, showered again, and made myself a protein shake to help muscles heal overnight and reduce soreness. Works like a charm most of the time. 😉

  • 2 scoops vanilla whey protein
  • 1/2 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh orange juice
  • water
  • ice


Have a great day!