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Friday Follow Up & Laid Back Saturday

Friday Follow Up
Last night was a ton of fun. I always enjoy getting to hang out with my sister. We started the evening off with a happy hour at Big Whiskey's then back to the house for homemade pizza and wine. I had pre-made my usual Wheat Pizza Dough Thursday evening, but we did end up having a friend of Jason's stop by. So, I dug out an old recipe I had on hand for a super quick Whole-Wheat and Honey Dough. This one does not really rise, it's a much flatter, crispier type of crust. But it really works in a pinch.

Tim was super nice and brought over some wine to share. It went perfect with the pizza, which no one complained about! One was made up Greek style with sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives, spinach, artichokes, banana pepper rings, roasted red bell peppers, and feta. For the other pizza, half was made with vegetarian pepperoni, sauteed green bell peppers, onions, and garlic. The other half had sauteed squash, green and red bell peppers, and onions. There was not a single piece left so I did something right!

Workout Cake Iced with HIIT
This morning I started my workout with one segment from Give Me 10 by Amy Dixon. It was just a quick 10-minute workout I used as a warm up. I found it on On Demand and wanted to give it at try. It was a no-frills cardio segment. I would be interested in trying the other segments at some point. Weights were 3 sets of 12 reps, and I iced the workout cake (aka fried the legs) with Shock Cardio HIIT Pyramid. Muscles were quivering!

Biceps - Zottoman Curls
Triceps - Lying DB Extensions
Chest - Decline DB Press
Back - Underhand Rows
Quads - Step Ups (12" step)
Shoulders - Upright Rows

Laid Back Saturday
We really had several errands to run today. However, right as we were heading out the door, we got a call from some good friends who were having a late lunch at one of our favorite pizza joints, Vino's. They recently had a new baby, so Jason and I really wanted to meet up with them to catch up and see the new addition to the family. Needless to say, we did not get around to all of our errands. We did, however, make it by the Asian Food Market, which was top on my list. Loaded up on Japanese eggplants, kabocha, dried shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes (a and an assortment of other goodies I can't wait to use.

After reading a recipe post from The Ordinary Vegetarian for Chipotle Mashed Sweet Potatoes, I have been dying to try them. So dinner tonight was mostly planned around Sarah's recipe, which I adapted for a less sweet version. If you like your sweet potatoes on the sweeter side, please check out her amazing sounding recipe. I had purchased a package of Gardein Chick'n Filets on sale. I decided to make a chipotle mustard sauce to top them with along with Smashed Chipotle Sweet Potatoes and roasted asparagus.

I made the chipotle mustard sauce using Stonewall Kitchen Maple Chipotle Mustard and thinning it out with low-sodium vegetable broth.

Smashed Chipotle Sweet Potatoes
Adapted from The Ordinary Vegetarian

Ingredients:
3 sweet potatoes*, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup lite coconut milk
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced plus 1-2 tsp sauce
1 tsp agave nectar
3/4 tsp salt
3/4 tsp ground cinnamon

* In this recipe I used 2 sweet potatoes purchased at the Asian market that were white inside and 1 regular (orange colored) sweet potato.

Directions:
Bring water to boil in a medium sauce pan. Add in potatoes and simmer for 15 minutes or until tender. Drain and return potatoes to pan. Add coconut milk and lime juice and mash to desired consistency. Turn heat on low and bring to temperature, stirring constantly. Stir in peppers, sauce, agave, salt, and cinnamon.
I cooked the Gardein Chick'n Filets on a stove-top grill brushing with the chipotle mustard sauce. I tossed the asparagus with a lemon infused sea salt, black pepper, drizzle of olive oil and roasted until tender.
I must say that the potatoes were fantastic. Not too sweat, not too hot. I'll most definitely be making these again.

Comments

  1. Good Morning Heather,

    Sounds like a good day at your house.

    Thanks for the link the other pizza dough. I am going to check that out. You can always tell when something is a winner when there is nothing left. ;)

    I love sweet spuds too so thanks for highlighting Sarah's mash.

    Have a great Sunday,
    Alicia

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  2. Oh hooray! I'm glad you tried the variation from our brainstorm. I will be trying it this week. :)

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  3. Alicia @ Vegan Epicurean the sweet potatoes were soooo good. That other pizza dough isn't my absolute favorite, but it is pretty tasty and it is fast, easy to make so that's always a plus!

    Sarah @ The Ordinary Vegetarian I think the best thing about blogs is the inspiration and collaboration.

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  4. There's a can of coconut milk in my cupboard, but I'v never cooked with it before, and wasn't sure what I was going to do.. but mixed with Sweet Potato sound great. Now if only I'd get myself to the grocery store for the other ingredients :)

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  5. Alyson @ Nourished Fitness coconut milk is also good used in soups to add a nice creaminess but without having to use heavy cream.

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  6. OMG those recipes look divine! And the pizza too. I really need to try some of these one of these days :)

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  7. Hey Jolene let me know if you try any of them! I'd be curious to hear how you like them or how you used them. These sweet potatoes almost felt sinful they were so good. I love making pizzas at home. It's really not that complicated and you can top them however you wish.

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  8. yumm..Love homemade pizza! Yours looks great!

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  9. HI Mary @ Food Fit and Fun ! I love homemade pizzas too. Some pizza joints are so limited with toppings. This way I can go nuts with whatever I want. I think they are healthier too (or that's what I tell myself).

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