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Weekend Cooking Fest!

October 24, 2011

Happy Monday everyone!

This weekend I was weirdly productive when it came to cooking and baking. I made tons of different recipes, which you’ll get to see throughout the week!

But first off, my run this morning!

My running schedule was a bit off since I did my long run Friday with Chelsey, instead of Sunday. So today I threw in an extra run! I decided to do 5 miles: 1 warm up, 3 miles below 8:40 and then one cool down.

It was not hard to cool down, however… I headed out this morning to run in the balmy 47 degree weather. And I was looking good doing it:

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Attractive… Luckily, it was absolutely gorgeous, and the cold didn’t bother me much!

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I finished my 5 miles in 43:20 for an average pace of 8:30 min/mile.

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Splits:

Mile 1 – 9:11

Mile 2 – 8:40

Mile 3 – 8:31

Mile 4 – 8:08

Mile 5 – 8:47

 

So back to these great recipes. The first one I saw by Chelsey on Clean Eating Chelsey, and knew I just had to try! I had plenty of raw almonds, and it looked so easy it would have been a crime not to!

Plus, it had the word pumpkin in the recipe…

Pumpkin Pie Spiced Almonds!

I fancily wrote out the recipe on this lovely post-it note… while I was clearly working hard on my Constitutional Law reading…

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I gathered up all the ingredients, and tossed them together in the bowl! It smelled so good!

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I then spread out the almonds on a foil lined cookie sheet and stuck them in the oven! But see that bowl above? There was definitely some mix left at the bottom. What to do with it?

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Why, pour it over some apples and bake those too! Genius. I had so many from Apple Picking on Saturday, that I thought it would be the perfect coating for a baked apple!

And it was… apples were consumed (after baking about 30 min) immediately. No pictures. It all happened so fast…

However, the stars of the event were these babies:

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I have not been able to stop eating them! Every time I walk into my kitchen I grab the little tub from on top of the cabinet and eat one! They are addicting!!

And I’ve never roasted almonds before, so I think I might start trying out some other flavors too! Get pumped.

On Sunday morning, I was feeling like something other than a smoothie or oatmeal (SHOCK! I know, it’s crazy). So I decided to try out Chocolate Covered Katie’s Breakfast Pizza!

I noticed she had a gluten-free recipe for her pizza, so I thought I’d give it a try! I didn’t have any coconut flour though, so I ended up just using some extra garbanzo bean flour. I also used a 1/2 cup water, and next time I think I’ll use the milk suggestion instead.

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I also didn’t have a circular pan, so I put a piece of foil on a cookie sheet and sprayed it with cooking spray. The pan actually worked out quite well! And yes, I realize that my pizza is a rectangle and not a circle… But at least I cut it with a pizza cutter!

Before:

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After!

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One recipe makes two servings. So I cut it in half and then sliced one half into three pieces. It came right off the foil and was perfect!

I covered it with a mixture I made of half a banana and 1 tsp of peanut butter, warmed in the microwave. I also served it with a side of greek yogurt mixed with pumpkin and cinnamon! Haha, gotta get that pumpkin in there somewhere!

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So this was definitely not your classic “pizza for breakfast” (aka leftover pizza from the fridge) but it was definitely more healthy and fun to eat! I’ll have to try out her other recipes (she has tons of different kinds of breakfast pizza – I only made the plain one!).

 

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever made for breakfast? Have you ever roasted nuts? hahahahaha I can’t say that without laughing.

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2011 9:28 am

    I haven’t roasted nuts yet, but I did roast some squash seeds at the weekend and they are amazing! I always mean to try and make that breakfast pizza, I have made a socca and spread it with nut butter and fruit before, that was pretty awesome!

    • October 24, 2011 9:37 am

      I’ve been wanting to try to make socca, Laura! Good to know you liked it, I’ll have to find a recipe and give it a try!

  2. Errign permalink
    October 24, 2011 12:23 pm

    I’m going to have to try that pizza. My mom recently gave me some new flours – soy and white rice and they’ve been fun to play with.

    Weirdest thing I eat for breakfast? Leftovers, usually cold pizza or pasta.

    • October 24, 2011 1:47 pm

      haha, Errign, I love cold pasta anytime! I always find myself picking it bit by bit out of the container when I’m looking through the fridge. I’ve been wanting to get some other flours too, but they’re always expensive! Haha one at a time I guess.

  3. October 24, 2011 3:22 pm

    I use to always eat leftover chinese or thai food for breakfast! so strange, but it was one of my favorite parts about getting take out chinese or thai food haha
    and I have roasted nuts (lol), I made a barefoot contessa mixed nut recipe once and they were amazing! so addicting too!

    • October 24, 2011 4:35 pm

      haha, Chelcie, I don’t think I’ve ever had Asian food for breakfast, but I can see it being good! Chinese is good anytime!

  4. October 25, 2011 4:34 am

    I love the garbanzo bean flour… it kinda tastes like hummus pizza, right? Weird… but good. Then again, we all know I like beans in my desserts lol ;).

    Love your “frosting” idea too!

  5. Jessica permalink
    October 25, 2011 7:31 pm

    Ok, as soon as I get to my apartment, I’m roasting some nuts. (ok that sounded so wrong haha) and I love CCK and have been wanting to try the breakfast pizza! yummmmm =)

    • October 25, 2011 8:54 pm

      haha there’s no way to make roasting nuts sound right! and I’m a huge fan of CCK, especially her single serving recipes!

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