Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Recipe Redux: Gluten-Free Vegan Pizza

Something I love about Recipe Redux is that, besides getting me to post on da blog, it also challenges me to get creative in the kitchen. This month's theme was pizza--something that has never been made in my kitchen. My mom used to make an amazing spinach deepcrust pizza, but I'm very much of the camp that pizza is better just eaten out and enjoyed. I prefer my crust super thin and made in a woodfired oven. Loaded with veggies, sans cheese. BUT i'd heard marvelous things about Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Pizza mix, and decided to risk it and make pizza myself. I added in a bean puree under the sauce for a little extra protein, and kept it dairy-free. It made a great dinner/future lunches paired with a spinach salad. Delicious, filling and pretty healthy!

Pizza (gluten-free, vegan)

  1. Make pizza crust according to directions on mix.
  2. If your mushrooms and garlic arn't sliced and diced yet, get on that
  3. Sautee garlic in olive oil
  4. Puree garlic, beans, basil and salt in a food processor
  5. Spread bean puree on pizza crust
  6. top with pizza sauce. (if you've never had Rao's pasta or pizza sauce--DO IT NOW. It's expensive but holy yum)
  7. Cover with Daiya cheese and mushrooms
  8. Bake (according to directions)
  9. Eat with your favorite salad!
Eat the pizza. ditch the diet. and join me in celebrating Healthy Weight Week in 2014! (sign the declaration of independance from diets ASAP).

Note: None of these companies gave me free product or paid to be listed here. I just really really love them.

Want more pizza? Here's your RD approved list:

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Fitness Leash

I feel incredible lucky to work alongside some of the brightest, inspirational and innovative people in the world. I am lucky to call the dietitians at Marci RD Nutrition and each and every Vegatopian not just coworkers but friends.I love that both my personal life and work help me stick to my motto:
So today I want to talk about my friend Andrea, who is a kickass personal trainer in Vancouver, BC, who is bringing her recipes, workouts, challenges and love of tea to the world.

photo by Collin McDougall
She and her husband Greg (plus their two rescued pups-Pedro and Oakley) started Fitness Leash in 2013 to share their passion for fitness, health and wellness while supporting a cause they deeply believe in-rescue animals. For every training session (whether it's private or bootcamp or HIIT) they donate part of the proceeds to local animal shelters for food.

So take a moment out of your busy Tuesday to make your health a little better while helping out a pup in need! You're going to want to follow fitnessleash on instagram for daily workouts and check out the blog ASAP!