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Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza

Before the Super Bowl, I was trying to figure out what to do with the package of pizza dough and head of cauliflower that I had in my fridge.  Inspiration struck and this pizza was created - Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza.
Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza
This pizza combines a white bean hummus, cauliflower, and hot wing sauce.  Top it off with some sliced celery and blue cheeze dressing.

I used a whole wheat ready made crust from Trader Joe's.  Homemade pizza dough would probably send this over the top!

For other Buffalo Cauliflower goodness, try my Buffalo Cauliflower Stuffed Potatoes!

Buffalo Cauliflower Pizza Ingredients For The Hummus 1 can great northern beans, drained and rinsed 1 lemon, juiced 2 garlic cloves 1/4 cup tahini 1 tsp cumin 1/4 tsp salt 1/2 tsp onion powder water For The Pizza 1 frozen or fresh pizza crust 1/2 cup pizza sauce 2 TBS hot wing sauce (I used Frank's Hot Sauce) 2 cups cauliflower steamed 1/4-1/2 cup hot wing sauce 1/2 cup Daiya cheddar syle shreds 1 celery …

Brazos Bend 50k Training - Week 2

This week marks the second week of my training cycle for Brazos Bend 50k.  Truth be told, I felt awful this week and didn't get any runs in.  I thought about not writing this post, but in the spirit of transparency and realness, here it is.  This is Brazos Bend 50k Training - Week 2.

Every week isn't going to by rainbows and puppy dogs.  This week I felt more like the statue than the pigeon, but life goes on.  I decided that rest was what my body was craving.

I did keep up with the Superman/Squat/Twists challenge that Rachel is hosting, but not much else.  Exhaustion was the theme of my week.

My Saturday was spent volunteering at the main aide station at Jackalope Jam.  It was enjoyable and fulfilling helping the runners and cheering them on.  It was almost as fun as racing.
Brazos Bend 50k Training - Week 2
Monday - 80 supermans.

Tuesday - 40 minutes stationary bike.  80 squats.

Wednesday - 80 Russian twists.

Thursday - 90 supermans.

Friday - 90 squats.

Saturday - 90 Russian Twists


Runfessions for February

Here we are at the end of another month. It's time to bare our soles and clear the air. Today I'm sharing my Runfessions for February.
Since my last race, I've been feeling kind of off. Not really feeling like running... or doing much of anything. I did make it to the gym one day last week, and I've been keeping up with the superman/squat/twist challenge. I don't know if it is a motivation thing or if I'm fighting off a cold. After I ready Judy's post 5 Signs You Need To Rest, I've decided to give myself a little grace.

This weekend is Jackalope Jam... it's a timed race (there are 72, 48, 24, 12, and 6 options) and it's a 1 mile loop. Normally, I'd have a little FOMO about not running it when a lot of my friends are... this one I really don't. I very excited to be volunteering at the aide station!

When the hubs agreed to go to Paris (Texas) to visit his niece, I was excited ... RACECATION. There's a little race up th…

Chickpea Noodle Soup

You hear it all the time... Chicken Noodle Soup is the cure for all that ails you.  What's a vegetarian supposed to do? Enter Chickpea Noodle Soup

For years I relied on Amy's Kitchen No Chicken Noodle soup. It's pretty high in sodium and it just doesn't taste like mom would have made.

My sister sent me her recipe of chicken noodle soup, and I set upon trying to veganize it.
Chickpea Noodle Soup
This recipe has got it all... a thick creamy broth, veggies, and some chickpeas for protein.  Thankfully, I haven't had to put it to the test with any illness.  A bowl this soup was very comforting on a cold stormy night.

Chickpea Noodle Soup Ingredients 2 cartons low sodium no-chicken broth 3 carrots, chopped 3 stalks celery, diced 1/2 yellow onion, diced 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp turmeric 1/4 tsp pepper 1/4 tsp thyme 2 tsp parsley flakes 1 1/2 cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed 16 oz frozen Reames noodles 3 TBS flour Instructions Add the broth, carrots, celery, and onions to the…

Brazos Bend 50k Training - Week 1

This week I'm kicking off my training plan for the Brazos Bend 50k.  I'm hoping that I still have some residual fitness left over from my last two marathon training cycles, to lean on.  This is Brazos Bend 50k Training - Week 1.

My plan is 8 weeks and I'm incorporating some back to back runs.  Truthfully, I'm a little worried that this plan I drew up isn't enough.  I don't have any super long runs scheduled, and I have been taking it really easy the past few weeks.  Again, I'm hoping that simply being in marathon training from June to January will help get me across the finish line.

I'm working on my strength training this cycle and increasing my cross training minutes.  In February I joined Rachel for the Supermans, Squats, and Twists Challenge.  If you haven't joined... you should, it's a lot of fun!

I'm trying to dial in my nutrition again.  I've been practicing some intermittant fasting this month.
Brazos Bend 50k Training - Week 1

Vegan Green Chili

I had never heard of green chili until we went to visit family in Colorado, it was everywhere.  Since I didn't know what it was, I had to google it and sadly found out it was usually made with hunks of pork.

There is a happy ending to that story, I found a vegetarian friendly restaurant that served vegetarian green chili!  It was so good! I knew I had to make some for home.  This is my version of vegan green chili. My red style chili recipe can be found here.
Vegan Green Chili
I set about making this by combining a few different recipes.   The version I had at that restaurant in Colorado was very heavy on the potatoes, I didn't really want that.  Jackfruit seemed like a good add in for the pork.  Since I already had sweet potatoes I went with those, they add a nice pop of color too.

This will warm you from the inside out on a chilly day.  I enjoy it served over some Fritos!

Vegan Green Chili Ingredients 2 cans jackfruit - drained, rinsed, shredded 1/4 cup flour 1/2 tsp salt 1…

Indian Spiced Tomato Soup

Who doesn't love the childhood favorite of grilled cheese and tomato soup?

In my house, spice and flavor rule... enter Indian spiced tomato soup.  I add some warming spices to my soup.  Curry, cumin, and cayenne help turn a bland tomato soup into a party in your mouth.

I recently tried getting away from the salty tomato soup in a can and found a way to make my own healty version where I can control the sodium.

This is almost as easy as opening up a can of soup!

Indian Spiced Tomato Soup Ingredients 1 28 oz whole peeled or diced tomatoes 1/2 onion, cut into wedges 2 cloves garlic, sliced 1 1/2 cup water 1 TBS curry powder 1/2 TBS cumin powder 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper salt & pepper to taste Instructions Combine all ingredients in a 3 qt sauce pan and cook over medium heat until the onions are tender.
Blend the soup. Doesn't have to be super smooth. I used my immersion blender with good results.

I’m linking up with Confessions of a Mother RunnerA Whisk and Two WandsThe Fit…

Running the Rose Trail Race Recap

I ran the Running the Rose 11 mile trail run on Saturday, January 27.  The 11 mile was one of multiple races on that day which included a 108k, 54k, 22 mile, 11 mile, and 7k. This is my Running the Rose Trail Race Recap.

Race day eve had me driving up to Tyler, TX.  I had decided to drive up the night before since it was a 3 1/2 hour trek from home.

Since I got a later start on my road trip than planned, I stopped at Subway about halfway there for dinner. When I  finally made it to my hotel it was 8:30 pm.  I prepped my things for the morning and read a bit.  My wake up call wasn't until 5am, quite a change for me!

On race day morning my alarm went off at 5:00 am!  I made some coffee, took a shower, and made some almond butter/banana toast. I left the hotel at 7:00 am. The park was about 15 minutes away and I still needed to pick up my race packet.  I got there in plenty of time to drop my stuff off at the TROT ambassador tent and meet some of the team in person.
Running the Rose Trai…

Ultimate Coffee Date - February Edition

Today I'm joining the Ultimate Coffee Date for some catching up.  It's the ultimate coffee date - February edition! So go grab your favorite beverage of choice and have a seat and let's catch up.

I'm sipping on some coffee today. My brew for today is the Kansas City Dark Roast by the Roasterie.  Sadly, it's the last of those beans, I really need to get my family to send me some more.  I grind my beans by hand and use a french press for more of a mindful coffee experience.
Over Coffee...
I'd tell you that I signed up for a 50k in April and I'm pretty excited for it. I don't have my training plan lined out yet. I'm planning to continue along the same lines as my marathon training with some back to back long runs mixed in. The race I signed up for is the Brazos Bend 50.  I ran the 25k at this race last year and had a great time. This year should be no different... plus running later into the day I'm bound to see more alligators!

I'd mention that th…