Good morning people! Are there any people reading this blog yet? Probably not. Oh well…these things take time!
Yesterday’s workout was a good one! It began with a morning jog with Jack and Fabio. Each morning (at least on weekdays) we run 1 mile to get Jack nice and tired for the rest of the day. Someone was super excited yesterday morning.
The sun was barely up and this pup was ready to go.
“Come on mom let’s go!!”
The run itself was great! Sometimes our morning runs can be really painful but yesterday I felt well-rested and it came easily. Even the monster hill that we run up felt ok. Phew!
Part II of my workout comes later on in the day after work. We jogged with Jack up to the dog park, let him hang out for a while, then jogged home. That’s another two miles!
When I came home from the dog park I jumped right into a warm-up circuit from one of my favorite Insanity DVDs. I must tell you that Insanity is my favorite way to work out. Those DVDs will have me drenched in sweat in no time. They are quick and incredibly effective (month 1 DVDs are about 45 minutes long and month 2 DVDs are about an hour long; yesterday I just did the warm-up for 13 minutes). Since my heart rate was already high from our jog, the warm-up circuit had me sweating!
The warm-up circuit includes 8 moves and you repeat the circuit 3 times. You are supposed to start out slowly and then build up your speed so that by the third repetition you are sprinting. Some of the moves in the circuit include:
- Jogging in place
- Jumping jacks
- Jump rope
- Switch Kicks
- High knees, arms out
Some of the other moves are made up by the trainer, Sean T, such as the “1-2-3 Heisman” and “Hit the Floor.” I’m just guessing those are probably not commonly used workout names, right? Anyway, Insanity is a great workout and since I had already run 3 miles throughout the day I decided the warm-up was good enough for me!
For dinner yesterday I needed to use up a few items we had laying around. First, we had these beautiful tomatoes from Trader Joes.
So many tomatoes!
I also bought a basil plant from the Farmer’s Market near us last week. I absolutely loooove fresh basil so when I saw this plant for only $3 I had to get it.
Ok, so maybe the photo makes it look slightly bigger than it is in real life, but it is still a pretty big plant for only costing three buckaroos!
We also had some whole wheat pizza dough in the freezer and some mozzarella and pizza sauce in the fridge! Hellooooooo homemade pizza!
Ok, so this isn’t exactly a recipe, but it’s what I ate for dinner so just go with it!
First I preheated my oven to 450 degrees. Then I put a cookie sheet (or pizza stone if you have one) upside down on the top rack while the oven was preheating like so:
(Don’t mind the messy oven; I need to clean it I know!)
I let the cookie sheet get nice and hot while I prepped the pizza. To get the pizza started, a first pulled out a large wooden cutting board (just to have a big flat surface) and topped it with a piece of parchment paper. Then I sprinkled some flour onto the parchment paper and placed the whole wheat pizza dough on the floured surface. You can probably skip putting flour on your parchment paper but I’ve had issues with pizza crusts sticking before so I wasn’t taking any chances. Then I began stretching out my dough into a pizza shape.
Then I tossed the pizza in the air and spun it around on my finger to make the dough the same thickness throughout.
Ok come on, you didn’t really think I could twirl a pizza in the air did you? I didn’t think so.
Next comes the toppings! We used store-bought pizza sauce (Fabio actually prefers this to homemade- crazy I know!), mozzarella cheese, and sliced tomatoes that were all from Trader Joes (as was the whole wheat crust…I’m realizing I might have a TJ addiction).
Then I popped my pizza in the oven and let it bake for about five minutes. Once the pizza started to look ready, I pulled off some leaves from my basil plant and placed them on top of my almost-cooked pizza. I’m not a huge fan of crispy cooked basil so I chose to put it on near the end, but you can add the basil whenever you want. Once I put the basil on the pizza I put it back in the oven for a minute or two. Soon the pizza was ready to eat!
I let Fabio do the cutting while I snapped this final photo and then we dug in. I had two slices and Fabio had four! That left two more for me to take to work for lunch! Woohoooo!!
Tomato Basil Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust
(Ok so this is hardly a recipe but…)
- Whole wheat pizza dough (you can make your own or use store-bought)
- Pizza sauce
- Mozzarella cheese
- Fresh tomatoes
- Fresh Basil
1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees and place a cookie sheet or pizza stone upside down on the top rack while oven heats up.
2. Sprinkle flour onto parchment paper and place your dough on top. Begin stretching out your dough.
3. Spread a liberal amount of tomato sauce on the dough and distribute evenly.
4. Top pizza with shredded cheese and sliced tomatoes. We also sprinkled some Italian blend spice on top of our pizza, but this is optional.
5. Place parchment paper with pizza on top onto hot cookie sheet and bake for about 5 minutes. Keep a close eye on the pizza so it doesn’t burn.
6. When the pizza is almost done, remove from oven and top with basil. Place pizza back in the oven for about a minute.
7. Remove pizza from the oven, slice and enjoy!
By the way, I try to follow Meatless Monday whenever I can and this recipe is a great one if you are trying to limit the amount of meat you eat. Look for more Meatless Monday recipes to come!
Question of the day
How do you make homemade pizza? Do you buy pre-made pizza crust? What about pizza sauce? Whenever I make homemade sauce Fabio complains that I should have just used the stuff in the jar! I compromise by buying it from Trader Joes which I feel is somehow fresher than the jarred stuff at other stores.
Soon I want to use my whole grain flours that I won to experiment with a healthy home-made dough. Let me know if you have any recipe suggestions!